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The Charitable Work Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Over The Years

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Kind as a king! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have always thought it was important to help others. In this article, we have listed the charitable work of prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the years.

The charity has been a big part of their relationship, both when they were high-ranking members of the British royal family and after they said they would step down in 2020.

Harry put together the first Invictus Games in 2014, which was two years before he met the Suits actor. The goal was to raise money to help wounded, injured, or sick veterans while also giving them the chance to compete in sports like the Paralympics.

In addition to raising money, the Duke of Sussex wanted the games to inspire both veterans and people who had never been in the military.

He kept running the charity while he was dating Markle and after they got married in 2018. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Invictus Games had to be moved, but the duke said in a May webinar that the games' spirit was still going strong.

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We’ve obviously not been in The Hague, but I’m so pleased we have been able to organize this virtual gathering when the games would have taken place themselves. This conversation is all about sharing the Invictus spirit, and it is even more relevant now as we are having to address new challenges and adapt our lives.

- Prince Harry

The couple even made their wedding day about giving back. According to the royal family's website, they chose seven charities to give to because they "represent a range of issues that they are passionate about."

The Children's HIV Association (CHIVA), Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty's Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage, and The Wilderness Foundation UK were some of the charities that received donations.

After their wedding, they kept working with groups like One Young World and World Vision that cared about the same things they did. Even though Harry and Meghan stopped doing their royal duties, they didn't stop helping people.

In fact, one of the first things the couple did after saying they were leaving and moving overseas was to start a charity called Archewell.

Keep reading to find out more about what Harry and Meghan are doing to help others.

Archewell

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex started their nonprofit organization, Archewell, in January 2020. At the time, the site had a note from Harry and the Californian that explained what they wanted to do with the group.

The message read:

I am my mother's son. And I am our son's mother. Together we bring you Archewell. We believe in the best of humanity. Because we have seen the best of humanity. We have experienced compassion and kindness, from our mothers and strangers alike. In the face of fear, struggle, and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this. Together, we can choose courage, healing, and connection. Together, we can choose to put compassion into action. We invite you to join us. As we work to build a better world, one act of compassion at a time.

- Prince Harry

The website said that Archewell is a non-profit that "drives systematic cultural change across all communities."

The Walker Family Foundation For Events

In November 2020, Harry gave his time to the Walker Family Events Foundation in Compton, California, which helps veterans. The organization, which helps homeless veterans and their families, posted two photos of the royals helping to pack and deliver food to people in need.

"Today I had the honor of meeting and working alongside Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex," one photo caption read. "He joined us in volunteering at Compton VFW for the Operation Nourish program packing and distributing food to our #compton neighbors. He is very humble and kind."

Genesis Women's Shelter & Support

Through the Archewell Foundation, Harry and Meghan gave money to the Genesis Women's Shelter & Support in Dallas in February 2021. The donation came after Dallas and other parts of Texas were hit by icy and snowy weather that caused a lot of damage.

The Shelter tweeted that they learned that the news of the damages they incurred from Winter Storm Uri reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Through their nonprofit Archewell Foundation, they are supporting the by replacing the roof at their transitional housing apartment complex and also helping them meet their immediate needs. And they said: "Thank you, Archewell Foundation."

The World's Kitchen

Months after it was announced that Archewell and World Central Kitchen would work together to build four Community Relief Centers in the Caribbean, the first one was finished in February 2021. The plan was first made public in December 2020, three years after Hurricanes Maria and Irma hit the area in 2017.

The kitchen equipment, which includes solar-powered refrigerators and freezers, is now set up and ready for the school's staff to cook for students and the community. Later this year, the school will also start a program to teach people how to cook.

Based on Sink to Stove and their upcoming Chef Relief Training program, these pieces of training will give chefs the skills they need to cook for the community and even feed a lot of people during a disaster. From this Community Relief Center, they hope to be able to make thousands of meals per day for people right after a storm.

Archie’s Birthday Donations

While sitting on a sofa, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold their baby
While sitting on a sofa, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold their baby

In May 2021, the couple celebrated their son's second birthday by asking anyone who wanted to donate to healthcare in underserved communities in his name. They wrote in a statement via their Archewell website:

We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie’s birthday. Many of you donate to charities on his behalf and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service - all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it the most and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful. … We are inviting you to contribute whatever you can - if you have the means to do so - to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places.

- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Archewell website

The Partnership Of Procter & Gamble

After working with Procter & Gamble on Global Citizen's VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World in May 2021 to boost vaccine confidence around the world, they announced a multi-year partnership between the Archewell Foundation, and the company, whose brands include Tide, Olay, and Charmin.

The collaboration will focus on gender equality, making the internet a more welcoming place for everyone, and building resilience and impact through sports.

Books For All

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose in front of plants bearing "The BENCH" logo
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose in front of plants bearing "The BENCH" logo

After Meghan's children's book, The Bench, comes out in June 2021, she and Harry plan to give 2,000 copies to schools, libraries, and other places.

After more than a year of problems that have never been seen before in schools and homes, the duchess thinks that the way forward must include a focus on well-being and nourishing our communities through food, education, and support for emotional and mental health.

This is what a statement on the Archewell Foundation, which is run by the couple, says. The publisher of The Bench has given the duchess and Archewell permission to give away 2,000 free copies of the book to libraries, community centers, schools, and nonprofit programs all over the country.

Archewell is also working with the non-profit First Book to get the book to people all over the country.

The Loveland Memorial Foundation

The nonprofit, which was listed on the Archewell Foundation's website in August 2021, provides Black women with affordable mental health resources. The Loveland Foundation focuses on funding therapy sessions for those who would not be able to see a counselor otherwise.

UCLA Critical Internet Inquiry Center (C2I2)

The Archewell Foundation Fund for the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry will help the center achieve its goals of reimagining technology, championing racial and economic justice in the tech industry, and strengthening democracy through public policy work.

Humane Technology Center

It's easy to understand why Meghan and Harry support this initiative to "create the conditions for safer, more compassionate online communities," according to the Archewell Foundation website.

Stanford Medicine's Center For Compassion And Altruism Research And Education

The foundation of Meghan and Harry supports this research department at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. "The Archewell Foundation supports the Center's mission for groundbreaking research and education on techniques for developing compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society," according to their website.

Afghan Women For Afghan Women

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a donation to the organization, which empowers disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York, in August 2021. The Archewell Foundation's contribution will assist Afghan refugees fleeing the country.

Women for Afghan Women expressed their gratitude on Instagram for the Archewell Foundation's generosity in supporting their efforts to evacuate/relocate thousands of Afghan women, children, and families, including our staff.

Today Is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The couple sent Black-owned food trucks to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta in January 2022 to help feed volunteers.

At the time, the official account of the center tweeted:

Thank you, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for providing local Black-owned food trucks for our #MLKDay service project volunteers. Your care matters so much to those here to register and educate voters and collect items for our homeless neighbors.

- Martin Luther King Jr. Center

The NAACP

In February 2022, the couple announced Archewell's collaboration with the NAACP on a new award to recognize those working to advance civil rights. Dr. Safiya Noble, an internet studies scholar and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, received the first prize in the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award.

The awardees receive a $100,000 stipend to use as they see fit to further their work or expand their expertise in their field.

March Is Women's History Month

Archewell collaborated with four organizations working to advance gender equality around the world in honor of Women's History Month. Smart Works, The 19th, the National Women's Law Center, and Georgetown University's Center on Poverty and Inequality were the four nonprofits that received grants.

In a statement issued in March 2022, Harry and Meghan stated that the Archewell Foundation's core commitment is to build strong, compassionate, and equitable communities around the world.

Although these grants were announced during Women's History Month, the work they represent is relevant and important all year.

Smart Works, a U.K.-based organization that assists women in finding work by providing coaching and job interview attire, will create the Smart Works Female Unemployment Index with assistance from Archewell.

The project will investigate the factors that contribute to women's unemployment in the United Kingdom and work to find solutions.

The grant will be used to advance coverage of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities by The 19th, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that reports on gender, politics, and policy.

The NWLC will continue to fight for legislation that promotes equality and will look into the "workforce pushout" that is occurring among women as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Center on Poverty and Inequality will direct Archewell's donation to their Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity, which assists public institutions in supporting marginalized girls.

Helping Ukraine

In March 2022, it was revealed that Harry and Meghan made a donation to help those affected by the Russian invasion. According to royal expert Omid Scobie, the couple used Archewell to donate to "organizations supporting the people of Ukraine," such as HIAS and The HALO Trust.

They also help domestic media, such as The Kyiv Independent, which is funded by Are We Europe. The couple had issued a statement about the invasion on their Archewell website a month before.

According to the joint statement, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and everyone at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this violation of international and humanitarian law, and we urge the rest of the world and its leaders to do the same.

Mom's Marshall Plan

In May 2022, Archewell joined the National Business Coalition for Child Care, which was organized by Marshall Plan For Moms.

In a press release at the time, the Duchess of Sussex stated:

Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much. This has only been heightened by the pandemic, with increased caregiving responsibilities, rising prices, and economic uncertainty. As it's been said many times, it takes a village to raise a child. Today, we're sending a message that childcare isn't just a community imperative - it's a business imperative. Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families.

- Duchess of Sussex

Women Who Inspire

Meghan Markle, dressed in blue, smiles as she walks in public
Meghan Markle, dressed in blue, smiles as she walks in public

In October 2022, the Archewell Foundation announced a collaboration with the VING Project to award $1 million in grants to women who inspire the next generation.

The collaboration was inspired by Markle's podcast "Archetypes," which asks anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 to nominate a woman who serves as a role model to them by achieving their goals in the face of adversity.

Those chosen will be awarded a $1000 grant to a nominee of their choice.

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