Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donate lunch to veterans

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pen note thanking veterans for their service as they donate lunch to group of LA volunteers in honour of Martin Luther King Jr day

  • Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, donated lunch to veteran charity 
  • The Mission Continues ’empower veterans who are adjusting to life at home’
  • Los Angeles organisation helps soldiers ‘find purpose through community’
  • Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent meals to the charity as ‘a token of appreciation’
  • Penned a note to say the gesture was ‘in honour of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have donated lunch to a group of veterans volunteering in Los Angeles in honour of Martin Luther King Jr day today.

Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, are currently living in their $14 million Santa Barbara mansion with their eighteen-month-old son Archie, having stepped back from royal duty last March.

The Mission Continues, which helps veterans adjust to life at home through volunteering in the community, shared an Instagram post yesterday, showing a group of volunteers receiving food packages, as well as a note from the royal couple about the donation.

They penned: ‘We’d like to send a huge thank you to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with Archewell Foundation, for fueling the volunteers of our LA Service Platoon with lunch yesterday, so they can continue their hard work at the Compton VFW and help those living in the Compton community! 

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, have donated lunch to a group of veterans volunteering in Los Angeles in honour of Martin Luther King Jr day 

‘We’re truly honored to have their support!’

The note from the Duke and Duchess, which was dated 16th January, read: ‘In honor of this day of service, and in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he stood for, we want to send our thanks and gratitude to the team at The Mission Continues.

‘We’re so proud of all the work you’re doing to support your community and hope you enjoy this small token of our appreciation.’

They continued: ‘Thank you for your service – today and every day. We look forward to joining you soon!’

The organisation shared a note from the royal couple, which said the donation was in ‘honour of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’ 

Signing off ‘Harry and Meghan’, they wrote: ‘Stay safe, and keep up the great work.’ 

Photographs shared by the organisation on its Instagram page showed volunteers posing in front of a Homegirl Catering van, which is part of Homeboy Industries. 

The Homegirl Catering fringe is ‘a unique women-run social enterprise whose mission is to help formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated women become contributing members of our community while empowering them with a sense of ownership of their work.’ 

The royal couple volunteered at the charity in June last year to learn about their #FeedHope programme.

Veterans volunteering with the organisation posed for snaps in front of the Homegirls Industries van

The couple could be seen helping out to bake bread, as well as folding dough and sorting out food boxes for the vulnerable in their hometown. 

At the time, Mariana Enriquez, manager at Homegirl Cafe, said: ‘It was remarkable to share our Feed Hope programme with Harry and Meghan.

‘They are both down to earth and kind. The staff was honoured they took the time to see us, hear us and walk on our journey today. We will never forget it.’

A representative of the couple said the Duke and Duchess ‘connect deeply’ with the organisation’s mission (which includes resources such as counselling, education, legal assistance, addiction recovery and employment ops) and feel it’s ‘a perfect example of how empathy, kindness, and compassion can change the world.’

Volunteers in Los Angeles posed next to boxes donated by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the weekend 

The organisation describes itself as ‘a beacon of hope in Los Angeles to brave men and women seeking to transform their lives after gang-involvement and incarceration.’ 

It provides support to nearly 9,000 individuals through job training and free services such as tattoo removal, mental health services, GED classes, legal services, and more. 

It also helps provide space for clients to heal from intergenerational cycles of violence in a community of radical compassion.

The gesture comes as a royal expert claimed Prince Harry and Meghan’s scheduled 12-month review following their split from the royal family has been cancelled.

The gesture comes as a royal expert claimed the Duke and Duchess won’t have a scheduled 12-month Megixt review with the Queen as planned  (Pictured: the Queen at Windsor Castle in December)

Speaking to True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat, Vanity Fair correspondent Katie Nicholl said that while the Duke and Duchess are being observed closely about the commercial deals they’re making, nothing they have done so far suggests the planned one-year review needs to go ahead. 

While Covid restrictions have grounded the couple in Los Angeles, it’s unlikely there will now even be a face-to-face Zoom call to discuss their commercial affairs with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William. 

Nicholl told the online broadcaster: ‘My understanding from the Sussexes camp is that there has been communication with the Queen, Prince Charles and with William as well. The general feeling is that this [current situation] is working.’   

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