It turns out that Meghan Markle has a connection to Skid Row in Los Angeles, which is a part of the city that has a large homeless population. When she was 13-years-old, she went with a volunteer group to The Hospitality Kitchen, which was better known as “The Hippie Kitchen.” It served the homeless population, and the experience had left her with a strong impression, described Express.
“I started working at a soup kitchen in Skid Row of Los Angeles when I was 13 years old, and the first day I felt really scared. I was young and it was rough and raw down there, and though I was with a great volunteer group, I just felt overwhelmed,” Markle said.
Apparently, it wasn’t until after she had a conversation with her theology teacher at 16-years-old that she regained her confidence to return.
“They’re people too. People with names, people with a past and hopefully a future,” was one of the pieces of advice the teacher had for the young duchess.
The teacher suggested that the experience would be “eye-opening” for Meghan, and would show her “a new perspective on what kind of a life you could be dealt.”
Markle would go on to volunteer at the kitchen for a couple of years or so while she was a junior and senior in high school.
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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa ???????? as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi ???????? and Angola ????????. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana ???????? en route to the other countries. The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!
Little did Meghan realize at the time, that her life would eventually land her a role in the British royal family. Her philanthropic instincts are a natural match, as she’ll be spending much of her time supporting important causes.
Considering that it’s only been a year and less than two months since Meghan married Prince Harry, there’s still plenty more for fans to look forward to.
One of the major ways in which Meghan has helped to raise funds and awareness started with the royal wedding. Markle and Prince Harry requested that people send donations to one of their chosen charities in lieu of wedding gifts.
According to the royal website, these charities included the Children’s HIV Association and Crisis. The latter is a national charity that serves the homeless population. The charity reportedly helps “thousands” of homeless every year to get out of their situation and into housing.
Because of Meghan’s past experience working with the homeless in Skid Row, it’s not surprising to see this charity on the list.
Other charities included the Myna Mahila Foundation and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
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Today is #earthday - an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our ???? are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday