Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated Mother’s Day by giving back to those families less fortunate than their own.
The royal couple marked the American holiday by giving to a local charity that supports unhoused expecting mothers. A statement posted to their Archewell Foundation website on Sunday read, “In honor of Mother’s Day, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are recognizing the work of Harvest Home, a Los Angeles–based organization that uplifts expectant mothers who are experiencing homelessness.” It goes on to highlight how pregnancy can be particularly difficult for women of color and those from under-resourced and vulnerable communities, with 5,000 women in Los Angeles alone experiencing homelessness at some point during their pregnancy.
“Through Archewell Foundation,” the statement continues, “The Duke and Duchess’ mission is to demonstrate compassion in action, spark supportive and connected communities, and build a more equitable and just future. Their aim is to ensure that parents, of every makeup and all walks of life, have the support they need to raise families that thrive.” Which is why Meghan and Harry teamed up with Procter & Gamble to fulfill Harvest Home’s online wish list for the women they support, “including diapers for a year and cleaning supplies to stock the shelves at Harvest Home’s first facility as well as their new home in progress.” They concluded, “May we all recognize and support the expectant mothers, as well as all mothers, in our lives and communities every day in the year ahead.”
Harvest Home also shared an Instagram post thanking the royals for their generous gift, revealing that “this incredible Mother’s Day surprise was accompanied by a personal letter from The Duchess.” The charity also included some inspirational words from that letter that read, “As a mom, and an expectant mom, I deeply appreciate the significance of community support, safe and accessible pregnancy resources, and trusted guidance in a nurturing setting. These ingredients are essential to not just our physical health, but our mental well-being, and I commend you for leading a compassionate community that lives these values.” Meghan concluded the note, “Thank you for all you do for the women and mothers who are turned away elsewhere, at no fault of their own. When we consider how vulnerable any mother feels during the fragile time of pregnancy, we gain perspective about how especially difficult it can be for pregnant women of color and those who come from under-resourced and vulnerable communities. I hope you will accept an offer of support to help further uplift Harvest Home’s residents.”
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