Meghan Markle and Prince Harry volunteered alongside former gang members in Los Angeles this week.
The couple "deeply engaged" with those working at Homeboy Industries as they donned protective hairnets, gloves and masks to prepare food at the charity on Tuesday (June 23, 2020) afternoon.
Father Greg Boyle, who runs the organisation, said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were just 'Harry and Meghan' to the homies. They rolled up their sleeves and deeply engaged with our workers in the Bakery and Café. It was immediate kinship, and heartening in its mutuality."
And Prince Harry and Meghan were praised for their "down-to-earth" attitudes. Mariana Enriquez, manager of the Homegirl Café, told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: "It was remarkable to share our Feed Hope program with Harry and Meghan. They are both down to earth and kind. The staff was honored they took the time to see us, hear us and walk on our journey ... We will never forget it."
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Thank you to Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for visiting and standing in kinship with our Café and Bakery teams yesterday! Our staff was thrilled to work alongside them as they helped prepare food and learned more about our newly launched #FeedHOPE program, which employs our program participants to provide meals to food-insecure seniors and youth across Los Angeles in the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For 32 years, Homeboy Industries has stood as a beacon of hope in Los Angeles to brave men and women seeking to transform their lives after gang-involvement and incarceration. Each year, we provide support to nearly 9,000 individuals through job training and free services such as tattoo removal, mental health services, GED classes, legal services, and more. Above all, we provide space for our clients to heal from intergenerational cycles of violence in a community of radical compassion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’d like to help provide second chances to brave men and women and their families, visit our website and stand with us at the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 Credit: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The visit offered Meghan the chance to reconnect with Father Greg, as she and her mother, Doria Ragland, previously took part in one of his cooking workshops almost 20 years ago through her old school, Immaculate Heart High.
A source said: "Meghan still remembers the tamale recipe she learned there to this day."
Homeboy Industries offers counselling, education, legal assistance, addiction recovery support, tattoo removal, job training and direct opportunities for employment through 10 social enterprises, including the Homeboy Bakery and Homegirl Café.
The charity's programme #FeedHOPE has been helping out during the coronavirus pandemic, with participants in their schemes helping provide food to seniors and young people.
A source said: "The Duchess and Duke connect deeply to Homeboy's mission ... To them, Homeboy is a perfect example of how empathy, kindness, and compassion can change the world."— BANG