Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are settling into their new Los Angeles community with their son, Archie Harrison, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And, on Wednesday, the former senior royals stepped out to do some volunteer work for Project Angel Food.
According to People magazine, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex helped deliver meals for the non-profit charity, which cooks, prepares, and delivers food to people with critical illnesses and who must stay home because they have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
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“They actually did two deliveries for us — one on Easter Sunday and one on Wednesday — and they’ve done it quietly,” Richard Ayoub, Project Angel Food’s executive director, told the outlet “We’re completely honored.”
Ayoub said that Harry and Meghan were “extremely down to earth,” and they were genuinely interested in every single person they met. Not only did they engage with the charity’s chefs, but they also engaged with clients. He said that their goal was to honor chefs and the other volunteers who were serving the community.
“What Meghan said is she wanted to show Harry Los Angeles through the eyes of philanthropy. It’s just beautiful,” revealed Ayoub. “There’s obviously a great deal of love and selflessness between them. They both are individuals who want to know about others. Our clients are clients who are often forgotten. They really wanted to go visit these people. They wanted to see them and talk to them and hopefully put a smile on their faces.”
Ayoub explained that Meghan has been aware of Project Angel Food since she previously lived in Los Angeles, and she wanted to do something to give back on Easter. Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, apparently told her that Project Angel Food needs help, as they have more than 400 people on their waiting list because of the novel coronavirus lockdown.
Ayoub revealed that Harry and Meghan wanted to ease the drivers’ workload because they are delivering meals to as many as 60 people per day. On Sunday, Meghan and Harry took six deliveries and told Ayoub that they wanted to do more, so on Wednesday, the couple delivered meals to 14 people.
Richard Ayoub, Executive Director for Project Angel Food on Harry and Meghan’s recent volunteer work for Project Angel Food.
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Before they made their deliveries, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the Project Angel Food facility and went on a tour. Ayoub says that they asked a lot of questions about the clients and the food. They also met with the chefs while practicing social distancing, which included wearing masks and gloves and remaining six feet away.
During their delivery route, Harry and Meghan dropped off food in West Hollywood for a man named Dan Tyrell, who told WEHOville.com that he didn’t recognize the couple.
“I thought that tall red-headed guy looked pretty familiar, and that girl was very pretty. Then I saw the large black SUVs with the security guards behind them,” said Tyrell. “They were both nice and very down-to earth people. They had masks on, and they were dressed down with jeans, but very nice jeans.”