How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Put 'Compassion Into Action' for Women's History Month
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex encouraged people to "unleash a groundswell of real acts of compassion" with suggestions on their Archewell Foundation website — and did so themselves!
On International Women’s Day, Meghan linked two U.K. organizations she's been supporting by sending tasty baked goods from Luminary Bakery to the women at Hubb Community Kitchen, who came together after the Grenfell Tower fire to cook fresh food for their families and neighbors.
On March 12, the Duchess of Sussex penned a letter to reconnect with the students at Robert Clack School in London, who she visited in person in honor of the March 8 holiday last year. In her note, she said, "All of you, the young women and young men here today, will continue paving the way for a better and more compassionate future."
Meghan sent personalized notes of encouragement (in her beautiful handwriting!) to women who received support from Smart Works, a U.K. charity she patrons that helps unemployed women in need with clothing and training for job interviews, on March 16.
Archewell Foundation worked with its philanthropic partner World Central Kitchen, as well as YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, to organize a safely distanced lunch at a local Chicago restaurant for women picking up community meals. As part of the lunch, Meghan sent a lemon olive oil cake she baked.
Last week, Meghan and Prince Harry surprised a teenage girl with a virtual mentoring session. "It was really significant for her because they saw her potential in a few short minutes, which actually really undid some damage that had been previously caused by a former teacher's doubt," L.A. Works Executive Director Deborah Brutchey tells PEOPLE. "It was just amazing how they were able to connect and how their compassion, in just a short conversation, really made an impact and is going to forever inspire her."
Earlier this week, Meghan and Harry dropped in to speak with and thank a storyteller group from MomsRising, a grassroots advocacy organization mobilizing around the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising, said: "The meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan was a huge boost for MomsRising members, some of whom are struggling without jobs, childcare, paid leave, health care, and other essentials during the pandemic. The Duke and Duchess were kind, compassionate, and incredibly supportive, both on a personal level and of the policies that would help get their lives back on track. The Duchess also reminded us that, especially in times of self-doubt, we should take the opportunity to see ourselves through our children’s eyes. Because to our children, we’re superheroes. That really resonated with so many of us."
Members of The Mission Continues’ Women Veterans Leadership Program received personal notes on March 30 from Prince Harry, a veteran himself who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.