• Duchess Meghan discusses women's equality during a visit in Vancouver
  • She returned to hear "personal struggles for justice' from teens
  • On Tuesday

In a touching display of continued advocacy, Meghan Markle (42), Duchess of Sussex, made a grand return to the Canadian nonprofit organization Justice for Girls, lighting up the Vancouver office with her presence on Tuesday. The royal visit wasn't just a mere appearance; it was a powerful statement of support for the charity's mission to uplift teenage girls living in poverty.

Back in action

Meghan, who graced the same office with her royal charm in 2020, didn't just pop in for a royal wave. She joined forces with the dynamic duo, Jessica Lake and Lauri Thompson from the Lake family’s All One Fund, for a roundtable that buzzed with discussions on the nonprofit’s noble work.

Justice for Girls has been a fierce advocate for girls' health and well-being, fighting tooth and nail to provide access to "equality, freedom from violence and colonialism," as their official site proudly declares. And Meghan? She's right there on the frontlines with them!

The nonprofit's Instagram was abuzz with snapshots and heartfelt captions from Meghan’s visit. "A feminist advocate from a young age herself," the caption gushed, "the Duchess was keen to chat with our teen interns." The girls left feeling "heard, supported, and inspired," thanks to Meghan's genuine and understanding approach.

Leading the charge

The discussions didn't shy away from the big issues. Meghan and the participants dove deep into the organization's "decades of work advocating for girls’ access to education, freedom from violence, Indigenous rights, and environmental justice," with a special focus on "girls’ and young women’s leadership."

Justice for Girls isn't just about talk; they walk the walk with public education workshops, advocacy clinics, and local outreach initiatives. Their goal? To end violence, poverty, and racism among young women, while also pushing for criminal justice reform, education, and the promotion of girls’ human rights.

A token of appreciation and the Founders' vision

During her 2020 visit, the Duchess was gifted a symbol of gratitude and cultural significance—a gold-and-diamond whale tail pendant by local jeweler Hollie Bartlett, a member of the Haisla tribe. A true testament to the bond between Meghan and the organization.

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Zoe Craig-Sparrow, Justice for Girls co-director, reminisced about Meghan's first visit to 'PEOPLE', saying, "We all felt at ease, and I think that was a testament to the Duchess." Meghan's desire to understand the local context around community issues shone through her interactions.

Co-founder Annabel Webb shared the organization’s core intent, emphasizing that it was young women themselves who voiced their needs for support against the forces pushing them "onto the streets or into prisons or into increasing conditions of poverty and violence."

Royals on ice

And for those who can't get enough of the Sussex sparkle, Meghan and Prince Harry (39) also enjoyed a slice of Canadian culture at a hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

The Duke and Duchess are in Canada gearing up for the next Invictus Games, set to take place in Vancouver and Whistler in 2025. Prince Harry, with his military captaincy background, founded this international adaptive sports tournament to honor wounded, injured, and sick service personnel and veterans back in 2014.