Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donate to World Central Kitchen charity for Haiti earthquake relief

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a donation to a non-profit organisation which is distributing hot meals to hospitals and shelters across Haiti following the devastating earthquake.

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 40, who are currently living in their £11million mansion in California, donated to the World Central Kitchen (WCK) via their Archewell Foundation. 

The organisation – run by their friend, Spanish chef Jose Andre – works globally ‘using food to empower communities and strengthen economies’ by providing hot meals to people in need around the world. 

Jose is a personal friend of the Sussexes –  as well as appearing on the first episode of the couple’s podcast, alongside other prolific figures like Sir Elton John – the chef took part in Meghan Markle’s recent birthday campaign. Called 40×40, the initiative called on 40 of her friends to give 40 minutes of their time to help mentor women who lost their jobs due to Covid.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured in March 2020) have made a donation to a non-profit organisation which is distributing hot meals to hospitals and shelters across Haiti following the devastating earthquake 

 

World Central Kitchen (WCK) thanked Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their Archewell foundation for making the donation which is helping their relief efforts in Haiti

World Central Kitchen (WCK) thanked Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their Archewell foundation for making the donation which is helping their relief efforts in Haiti

World Central Kitchen (WCK) thanked Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their Archewell foundation for making the donation which is helping their relief efforts in Haiti

Posting about the donation on Instagram, the group said: ‘With support from around the world — and our partners The Duke and Duchess of Sussex & Archewell Foundation joining the relief effort — WCK is now delivering thousands of hot, nutritious meals daily to hospitals & shelters caring for Haitians impacted by the earthquake. Thank you!’ 

The non-profit is currently in Haiti following its recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 2,000 people and devastated prominent areas.

Rescue teams and local communities ‘continue to dig through rubble in search of loved ones’, according to WCK. 

This is not the first time Archewell has worked with WCK. The non-profit was the first of Archewell’s charitable partnerships, which was announced back in December 2020. 

Chef Jose Andre is a personal friend of the Sussexes, who appeared on the first episode of the couple's podcast

Chef Jose Andre is a personal friend of the Sussexes, who appeared on the first episode of the couple's podcast

Chef Jose Andre is a personal friend of the Sussexes, who appeared on the first episode of the couple’s podcast

Earlier this year, WCK announced it had finished creating the first of the centres, which is in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, with Archewell’s support.

News of the latest donation follows a recent statement Prince Harry and Meghan posted on their website, describing the world as ‘fragile right now’ due to the earthquake in Haiti, as well as other major events, including the current situation in Afghanistan.

Titled ‘A Message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, the statement said about Haiti: ‘The world is exceptionally fragile right now…As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken.’ 

Harry and Meghan posted a lengthy statement on their Archewell website calling on people to donate to charities and organisations doing 'critical work'

Harry and Meghan posted a lengthy statement on their Archewell website calling on people to donate to charities and organisations doing 'critical work'

Harry and Meghan posted a lengthy statement on their Archewell website calling on people to donate to charities and organisations doing ‘critical work’

The pair came in for criticism on social media after publishing it, as they called on people to make donations to charitable organisations, while failing to disclose how much they themselves would give. 

The lengthy statement was also criticised by royal expert Angela Levin, best known as Prince Harry’s biographer, who called it ‘phoney’.  

She told FEMAIL: ‘I think Harry and Meghan’s grandiose, comfy and caring comments about the situation in Afghanistan, the disaster in Haiti and new Covid variants is another example of them trying to set up some sort of alternate woke royal family. 

‘Like most of their “compassionate” gestures there is no indication about what they themselves will do and whether any donations will be going through Archewell Foundation.

‘Their comment that they want to “alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet – that will prove our humanity,” sounds so similar to their recent comment we must be compassionate “to those we know and those we don’t know” that makes it sound equally phoney.’

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