Cameron and Dan, young people on our Gender Recognition Youth Commission, were invited to attend a Year of Young People reception at Holyrood Palace and meet with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Cameron wrote this blog piece about his day.
After waking up at 5:30am, missing a bus, having to run to another bus to avoid missing the train - here’s a brief overview of the hectic day I met Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
I arrived in Edinburgh, met a member of staff at the train station and we made our way over to the office. We had a little chat and a short briefing about what we’d be talking about, and decided to focus on the three key events LGBT Youth Scotland are running for the Year of Young People:
Briefing complete with time to spare, we grabbed some lunch before the taxi arrived to take us to the Palace. Cheese and ham toastie, a solid choice if you ask me. We had time to eat, and hopped in the taxi to the Palace.
After being cleared through security we had some time to be briefed by Scottish Government on the event, and time to network with other young people, groups, and organisations. For us it was a chance to try and relax a bit and catch up with people we knew.
Before Prince Harry and Ms. Markle arrived, Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, alongside the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, walked around and spoke to all the groups. Asking how we were feeling, and asked about the work of the organisations. This lasted about an hour before the main reason we were all there. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle arrived, and were greeted by a small party made up of politicians and young people. They were then escorted round each group, with us being the last.
Positives? We got to watch how everyone interacted with each other before they came to us. Cons? Everyone came round our table as there was entertainment soon after, meaning we had everyone listening to us! Despite the length of time we had to wait before being able to speak to them, the moment was over so quickly, it felt like I took 2 breaths and it was all over. Very shortly after they left, then we left, and I just hopped back on the train home, and reflected on the day.
Not an opportunity you get every day!