Commonwealth youths meet Harry, Meghan

Prince Harry and Meghan have chatted and joked with guests at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are among those who have greeted the winners of a special youth leadership award from Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Harry addressed the "future leaders" from Commonwealth countries at a Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday where they were presented with a medal for outstanding contributions to their community.

"You are the future leaders who will need to pick up the baton on issues such as climate change, food security, equality and access to education, and improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in our communities," Prince Harry told the winners of the "Young Leaders" award.

The group included representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, the countries Harry and Meghan will be touring in October.

Meghan, wearing a white Prada suit with black shoes, and Prince Harry, in a dark suit, chatted and joked with the award winners. The ceremony was also attended by soccer star David Beckham and former prime minister John Major.