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Regal reading: Meghan addresses audience at carol concert to remember close friend of her husband Harry who was killed in a car crash aged 18

  • Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund was set up in memory of a friend of the princes who died in 2002
  • Meghan Markle gave a speech at the service to an audience which included Pippa and James Matthews
  • Pippa opted for a £295 dress by favourite designer Kate Spade for the occasion at St Luke's Church, Chelsea  

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 14:22 EST, 4 December 2018 | Updated: 16:23 EST, 4 December 2018

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Meghan Markle tonight addressed a carol concert to remember a close friend of her husband Harry who was killed as a teenager. 

The event, at St Luke's Church just off the King's Road in Chelsea, south-west London, was organised by the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund. This was set up shortly after the 18-year-old died in a car crash in 2002. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted leaving the church by a side-door, before getting into a car that was parked outside in the rain.  

Earlier, Pippa Middleton arrived at the service with her partner, James Matthews. She opted for a £295 dress by favourite designer Kate Spade for the occasion. 

Meghan Markle leaves St Luke's Church in Chelsea after giving a reading at a carol service organised by the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund 
Meghan Markle leaves St Luke's Church in Chelsea after giving a reading at a carol service organised by the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund 

Meghan Markle leaves St Luke's Church in Chelsea after giving a reading at a carol service organised by the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund 

Meghan and Harry leave St Luke's Church, just off the King's Road, into a car waiting to pick them up in rainy conditions 
Meghan and Harry leave St Luke's Church, just off the King's Road, into a car waiting to pick them up in rainy conditions 

Meghan and Harry leave St Luke's Church, just off the King's Road, into a car waiting to pick them up in rainy conditions 

Many of Prince Harry's old friends were expected to be among the congregation at the service. He is seen leaving with Meghan after it ended 
Many of Prince Harry's old friends were expected to be among the congregation at the service. He is seen leaving with Meghan after it ended 

Many of Prince Harry's old friends were expected to be among the congregation at the service. He is seen leaving with Meghan after it ended 

Pippa was pictured arriving at the event with her husband, James Matthews. She married the older brother of Made In Chelsea star Spencer earlier this year 
Pippa was pictured arriving at the event with her husband, James Matthews. She married the older brother of Made In Chelsea star Spencer earlier this year 

Pippa was pictured arriving at the event with her husband, James Matthews. She married the older brother of Made In Chelsea star Spencer earlier this year 

Pippa walks into the churchyard with a friend. The charity that organised the event commemorates a school friend of Princes Harry and William who died in a car crash in 2002
Pippa walks into the churchyard with a friend. The charity that organised the event commemorates a school friend of Princes Harry and William who died in a car crash in 2002

Pippa walks into the churchyard with a friend. The charity that organised the event commemorates a school friend of Princes Harry and William who died in a car crash in 2002

Pippa wore a long sleeved navy frock, which fell just below the knee, features a playful all over fox print in a warming shade of burgundy.

The new mother wore the dress under a wine coloured knee-length coat with a fur effect collar and finished the look with navy suede pumps and a navy cross-body bag.

The service was attended by many friends of the princes, many of whom Harry has not seen since becoming engaged to Meghan, who is expected to make a reading. 

The couple were spotted entering the church in a car alongside security staff.  

Harry and William remain close friends with the surviving van Straubenzee brothers, with both attending the 2013 wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee.

Prince Harry once described Henry as a 'Polzeath surfing legend and ladies' man with whom we shared so many special memories'. He died instantly when a car in which he was a passenger hit a tree outside Ludgrove preschool in Berkshire, where he and the princes were once pupils  

Henry was a classmate of Prince Harry's, while his older brother Thomas was a friend of the Duke of Cambridge. The foursome were said to be inseparable as they were growing up.

The foundation set up in his name is currently helping more than 28,000 children across 40 nursery, primary and secondary schools in Uganda.

Since Henry's death, the foundation set up in his memory has raised enough money to support the education of more than 26,000 children in 39 schools across Uganda.

Pippa opted for a £295 dress by Kate Spade for the occasion. The navy frock, which fell just below the knee, features a playful all over fox print in a warming shade of burgundy. She is seen outside St Luke's Church with her brother, James  
Pippa opted for a £295 dress by Kate Spade for the occasion. The navy frock, which fell just below the knee, features a playful all over fox print in a warming shade of burgundy. She is seen outside St Luke's Church with her brother, James  

Pippa opted for a £295 dress by Kate Spade for the occasion. The navy frock, which fell just below the knee, features a playful all over fox print in a warming shade of burgundy. She is seen outside St Luke's Church with her brother, James  

The new mother (seen on the left with her brother, James) wore the dress under a wine coloured knee-length coat with a fur effect collar and finished the look with navy suede pumps and a navy cross-body bag
The new mother (seen on the left with her brother, James) wore the dress under a wine coloured knee-length coat with a fur effect collar and finished the look with navy suede pumps and a navy cross-body bag

The new mother (seen on the left with her brother, James) wore the dress under a wine coloured knee-length coat with a fur effect collar and finished the look with navy suede pumps and a navy cross-body bag

Pippa and James Middleton arrive at tonight's charity carol concert in Chelsea with a friend 
Pippa and James Middleton arrive at tonight's charity carol concert in Chelsea with a friend 

Pippa and James Middleton arrive at tonight's charity carol concert in Chelsea with a friend 

Henry, 18, died instantly when the car in which he was a passenger hit a tree outside Ludgrove preschool in Berkshire, where all three boys were once pupils. This photo is undated 
Henry, 18, died instantly when the car in which he was a passenger hit a tree outside Ludgrove preschool in Berkshire, where all three boys were once pupils. This photo is undated 

Henry, 18, died instantly when the car in which he was a passenger hit a tree outside Ludgrove preschool in Berkshire, where all three boys were once pupils. This photo is undated 

Tonight's carol service is being held at St Luke's in Chelsea, south-west London, just off the high-end King's Road shopping street. It is pictured today 
Tonight's carol service is being held at St Luke's in Chelsea, south-west London, just off the high-end King's Road shopping street. It is pictured today 

Tonight's carol service is being held at St Luke's in Chelsea, south-west London, just off the high-end King's Road shopping street. It is pictured today 

Meghan Markle will focus on helping women in developing countries when she announces her first royal charity patronages next year 

Meghan (pictured in London on November 19) has been having secret briefings with a number of organisations, including CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education
Meghan (pictured in London on November 19) has been having secret briefings with a number of organisations, including CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education

Meghan (pictured in London on November 19) has been having secret briefings with a number of organisations, including CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education

By Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent

The Duchess of Sussex is to put education for women in developing countries at the heart of her public work, when she announces her first royal patronages next year, Mail Online can reveal.

Meghan, 37, has been having secret briefings with a number of organisations, including CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education – which works in several African countries, including Zambia, which was visited by Prince Harry last week.

It is understood that she and Harry are keen to work together on the issue in their role as roving Commonwealth youth ambassadors.

Meghan is a passionate advocate of the work of charity CAMFED, which believes one of the best way to alleviate poverty and inequality is through education. It has already affected the lives of nearly three million girls and young women across sub-Saharan Africa.

Its CEO, Lucy Lake, who was with the sixth in line to the throne in Zambia, revealed to the Mail that she had briefed his wife privately at Kensington Palace earlier this year about their work in the country, as well as Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.

The Duchess was also met with Zimbabwean-born Angeline Murimirwa, one of the first girls to go to secondary school with the organisation’s support and is now its African executive director. She was named last year as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational women.

Lucy said: ‘We had the opportunity to meet with the Duchess in the spring. As an organisation our team very much represents what we are working towards and that was why the Duchess was interested to meet with us and hear more about that.

‘The way both she and her husband have spoken about these issues in such a thoughtful and discerning manner has really helped the wider movement. It’s exciting times.

‘We have been working for 25 years supporting girls through education and enabling those young women to make the transition in their communities into positions of leadership, to turn around and support the next generation.

‘It’s wonderful that the Royal Family is engaging with the issue in this way. For the young people in Zambia to feel that Prince Harry was on a level with them and genuinely interested in what they are doing, left them very inspired and motivated, as was he. That’s a very powerful force. ‘

It is understood that she and Harry (seen at their wedding on May 19) are keen to work together on the issue in their role as roving Commonwealth youth ambassadors
It is understood that she and Harry (seen at their wedding on May 19) are keen to work together on the issue in their role as roving Commonwealth youth ambassadors

It is understood that she and Harry (seen at their wedding on May 19) are keen to work together on the issue in their role as roving Commonwealth youth ambassadors

It is hoped that the pregnant duchess will be able to travel out to Africa and see CAMFED’s work for herself after she has had her baby next spring.

Royal sources say the duchess has been having meetings with a number of organisations and is still finalising which areas to work in and what charities to support as she moves on with her public work.

It is understood that she is particularly keen to support issues where she can work alongside her husband.

Aides hope to make an announcement about her first patronages in the new year, eight months after she joined the Royal Family.

Although it is considered quite a long time to wait before announcing her patronages, it is understood that Meghan wishes to ‘really get to know’ the organisations she wants to work with in order to make a ‘real and lasting’ difference. 

 

 

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