Following their decision to step down as senior royals in early April, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are technically no longer representatives of Queen Elizabeth II. However, despite having since moved to Los Angeles and the logistical issues arising from COVID-19, the pair have maintained close contact with beloved British charities they were involved with prior to the move.
In a video call hosted on April 16, Harry spoke with families from WellChild, one of his UK patronages helping critically ill children out of hospital and home to their families. Speaking to four parents via Zoom, the Duke of Sussex offered sweet and sincere words of support for at-home caregivers, noting the tangible implications of living under a vulnerable bracket and that as a consequence, “WellChild needs more [government] help.”
He went on to add small details about his life in Los Angeles, saying he sometimes feels guilty about the amount of quality time he is getting with baby Archie but that he is learning how to celebrate those special moments instead.
Prince Harry has hosted a video chat with parents looking after vulnerable children at home during the coronavirus pandemic. During the call, @WellChild patron Harry spoke with @Leannenotanurse and @CraigHatch about the challenges families such as theirs are currently facing. pic.twitter.com/JiJYNyjnME— Omid Scobie (@scobie) April 15, 2020
Following Harry’s conversation with WellChild, it was unclear as to which other charities the Duke and Duchess would continue to support since their departure from the UK.
New footage from SmartWorks, Meghan’s charity supporting unemployed women with free clothes and job interview training, has confirmed The Duchess’ involvement with the charity will remain unchanged.
In new footage posted to Twitter, Markle can be seen speaking to a young woman preparing for a psychology internship. “You seem incredibly confident and prepared,” says Meghan. “I think you’re going to be fantastic.”
After her session with the Duchess our client had this to say:
“I just wanted to say a big 'thank you' to you, the Duchess and the whole team at Smart Works for making this possible for women all around the UK, because to see such work is truly inspiring and uplifting.”— Smart Works Charity (@SmartWorksHQ) April 29, 2020
The Duchess goes on to express her support for the organization and the work they do, noting how glad she is be their patron and “how many people they’ve helped.”
Prior to officially stepping down from royal duties, both Meghan and Harry took over a number of charity patronages from the Queen; the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities to name a few. While the couple continued to engage with the charities they inherited, Meghan in particular also started to work with organizations that were new to the royal family and close to her own interests, such as SmartWorks.
While it remains unclear which patronages will continue to bear support from Harry and Meghan going forward, it is unlikely they are thinking of cutting ties any time soon.
Lead image courtesy of instagram/theroyalfamily