Despite the fact that there's still four weeks until their upcoming wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are truly hitting the ground running with a packed schedule of royal engagements.
Just this week, the engaged couple are set to embark on a series of appointments in association with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, being held in London.
But it’s recently been confirmed that Harry & Meghan are set to undertake perhaps their most poignant engagement yet, on Monday of next week.
The royals will attend the 25th anniversary memorial service being held to “celebrate the life and legacy” of Stephen Lawrence.
While there, Prince Harry will make a speech, which he will deliver on behalf of his father, Prince Charles.
Back in 1993, 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was on his way back home, when he was attacked by an allegedly all-white group of males. Stephen was stabbed several times in what was an unprovoked attack, and later died from his wounds.
Since the tragedy, Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, has fought tirelessly to improve social justice, and to support young people’s futures, in order to honour her son.
In fact, in 2008, Doreen and other campaigners started the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which is committed to improving social justice. They also joined with architectural group RMJM, to promote architecture and the creative industries for young people. Doreen has explained that it was Stephen’s dream to become an architect.
Given Doreen’s work fighting for opportunities for young people, it perhaps makes sense that Harry and Meghan would attend the poignant ceremony. Since their engagement, the couple have made it clear that they will be focusing on young people in their royal work together.
The royal family have been closely involved with the work of Stephen Lawrence’s mother for some years. In 2013, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, opened in his honour.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have also met with Doreen on numerous occassions, following her important charity work.
Doreen has since been made a Baroness.
Doreen also appeared on Loose Women just yesterday, to give her final TV interview regarding her son 25 years on from his death.
She explained to the panellists that she felt it was time to move on, and finally allow herself to enjoy life. She said, “25 years is a long time to be out campaigning. I’ve not really lived my life in the way I would have liked to. I’m always asking some question; I’m always being asked to do something. Now, I just think, enough.
“The support I’ve had over the years from family and everything, I think that’s the drive. I want to now spend some time with my family, spend some time on me, that’s important, so I can look forward at the next chapter of my life.”
“I would like to be cheerful now. It’s time to move on now and look about me and my family and my grandchildren, so I can spend more time, positive things.”
It is likely that Doreen will attend her son’s memorial service alongside Harry and Meghan on Monday, for what is sure to be an emotional remembrance of his life and legacy.