The Duke and Duchess of Sussex volunteered at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, made pastries and prepared food parcels for the Feed Hope programme.
The programme provides food to those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meghan and Harry wore face masks, aprons and hair nets as they joined other volunteers.
Homeboy Industries is run by Father Greg Boyle, who previously worked with Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland in a cooking workshop nearly 20 years ago.
Father Boyle said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were just ‘Harry and Meghan’ to the homies.
“They rolled up their sleeves and deeply engaged with our workers in the bakery and cafe. It was immediate kinship and heartening in its mutuality.”
Father Boyle has also worked closely with Immaculate Heart High School, Meghan’s old high school.
Meghan and Harry’s spokesman said “the Duchess mentioned that the spirit and style reminded her of the times she visited the Luminary Bakery in London”, a social enterprise that offers disadvantaged women in the UK new opportunities.
In April, the Sussexes were pictured delivering meals for charity Project Angel Food.
She said: “I wasn’t sure what I could say to you.
“I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart, and I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.
“Because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.
“And so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”
Meghan recalled the 1992 race riots in LA, saying: “I’m so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present.”
She also told students they would be “part of rebuilding” and to “use their voice” by voting.
She said: “Now you get to be part of rebuilding, and I know sometimes people say ‘How many times do we need to rebuild?’
“Well you know, we’re going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt.
“Because when the foundation is broken, so are we.
“You are going to lead with love, you are going to lead with compassion, you are going to use your voice.
“You are going to use your voice in a stronger way than you’ve ever been able to do, because most of you are 18, or you’re going to turn 18, so you’re going to vote.
“You are going to have empathy for those who don’t see the world through the same lens that you do, because with as diverse and vibrant and open minded as I know the teachings at Immaculate Heart are, I know you know that black lives matter.”
Published at Wed, 24 Jun 2020 20:03:00 +0000