Meghan sends message of support for ACU

Meghan sends message of support for ACU

The Duchess of Sussex has written a message of support for the Association Of Commonwealth Universities on World Access to Higher Education Day 2019.

The ACU posted the message on their website, in which Meghan wrote:

Today, on World Access to Higher Education Day, we are able to celebrate the vital role that colleges and universities play in society and how important it is for all people, regardless of gender or socioeconomic background, to have the opportunity to access this higher education. The value of this cannot be understated. Because education expands mindsets, and those minds can then expand the scope of the world at large. From a micro to a macro level, it is with education that we see great change.

Earlier this year I met Simon Kiongo from Kenya, who grew up on a small family farm, and traded vegetables as a means of covering tuition costs. It struck me as such a prime example of how so many around the world yearn for education and do whatever they can to afford themselves that opportunity. Now, with support from the ACU, he is doing remarkable cancer research for his country, specifically looking at fertilizers in the food supply and the carcinogenic links that has on community health. Simon is higher education in action.

The ACU highlights journeys to belonging – looking at how universities can support access to higher education for those who are most vulnerable – be it refugees or those displaced. Additionally the ACU continues to create opportunities for those within the university structure – the faculty and staff who require grants to maximize the impact of their research studies, and enabling students to exceed even their own expectations of what they can achieve.

I am proud to be patron of the ACU and all that it stands for, as we champion those seeking a higher education and commit to making this world a better place – together.


I think this is a nice message; it’s substantive and not just empty platitudes. I like that she included an example of how the ACU has helped people gain access to education and change their communities because of it.

Typically, when royal messages of support are sent to a charity, they are sent on official letterhead with the royal’s monogram, but if Meghan’s message was sent on monogrammed letterhead the ACU hasn’t posted it anywhere. As a royal watcher, I’m a bit bummed about that – I do like the monograms (and Meghan’s is very pretty)!

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