MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have pledged £90,000 to a hunger charity amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are donating money generated from their 2018 wedding broadcast to the charity Feeding Britain – which provides families in need with food packages and hot meals.
The charity’s director Andrew Forsey told Town & Country that the donation has been a “godsend” during the coronavirus outbreak.
A spokesperson for the couple – who are now living in LA following Megxit – said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “delighted” the money is going towards “such a great cause”.
The couple reportedly told the Archbishop of Canterbury – who is President of Feeding Britain – that they wanted the money to go to the charity after UK schools closed last month.
The publication reports that any excess profits from their BBC wedding broadcast – which was watched by over 18m people in the UK – was always going to be donated to a charity of the couple’s choice.
However, Meghan and Harry were reportedly notified of the £90,000 as the coronavirus crisis broke and wanted to support the Archbishop of Canterbury’s chosen charity as he conducted their wedding ceremony.
Andrew Forsey says the donation will allow the charity to “keep breakfast, lunch and dinner, so three square meals, on the table of many tens of thousands of children across our network.”
The charity works in 12 areas across the UK and has also set up bases in London and Scotland since the coronavirus crisis began to run their emergency food programme for those in need.
In January 2019, Meghan and Harry visited Feeding Britain’s first citizens supermarket based in Birkenhead.
Andrew added: “The magic that they left on the town that day has been carried forward through this very generous donation.”
A spokesperson for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess were able to speak to the Archbishop recently, and were moved to hear all about the work Feeding Britain was doing to support people during Covid-19.”
“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.
“They are delighted to be able to ensure this money is donated to such a great cause.”