In a farewell post on their now defunct Sussex Royal Instagram account, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle promised that “While you may not see us here, the work continues.” After delivering food to vulnerable people living in the West Hollywood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, where the couple are currently living (and self-isolating) with their son Archie, that is certainly true.
Local publication WEHOville reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were delivering meals in the area with Project Angel Food, a non-profit that provides meals for people, typically older than 60, living with critical illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer or diabetes.
Dan Tyrell, a resident of low-income housing complex Sierra Bonita Apartments in West Hollywood, told WEHOville that he was pleasantly surprised to see some familiar faces delivering his meals. “They were both nice and very down-to earth people,” Tyrell said to the publication. “They had masks on, and they were dressed down with jeans, but very nice jeans. I thought that tall red-headed guy looked pretty familiar, and that girl was very pretty. Then I saw the large black SUVs with the security guards behind them.”
Project Angel Food’s executive director Richard Ayoub, told WEHOville he did not plan on making the royal couple’s volunteerism public. “They wanted to help us relieve some of the drivers from their workload,” he told the publication. “So they made deliveries in West Hollywood today. It’s really, really amazing. We loved having them and they are the most down-to-earth people.”
Ayoub also confirmed to People that Markle found out the non-profit was in need of assistance through her mother, Doria Ragland. “They actually did two deliveries for us — one on Easter Sunday and one on Wednesday — and they’ve done it quietly,” he said of Harry and Meghan.
“They really wanted to ease the workload of our drivers because they deliver to between 50 and 60 people a day. Meghan and Harry took about six deliveries last Sunday and then they said, ‘We want to do it again and we want more,’ so they took 14 deliveries on Wednesday.”
As reported by Town & Country, the couple also recently donated £90,000 (about $158,000 Canadian dollars) to Feeding Britain, a charity that provides meals to families in need across the U.K. The profits came from BBC’s broadcast of their 2018 wedding. “As agreed from the outset, BBC Studios is donating all profit arising from the commercial distribution of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding ceremony to their charity foundation,” a BBC spokesperson told Town & Country.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who married the couple, is president of Feeding Britain. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess told Town & Country that they had recently spoken with the Archbishop, and were moved to hear about the work the charity was doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They have particularly fond memories of their visit to the citizens’ supermarket in Birkenhead, especially the generosity and compassion of everyone working there to help others,” said the spokesperson. “They are delighted to be able to ensure this money is donated to such a great cause.”
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