While the Windsors were doing everything but stand on their heads to get attention on May 19th, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their third wedding anniversary with a simple announcement on their Archewell site. That announcement wasn’t even *about* their anniversary, and yet it speaks to who they are and what their shared goals are. Harry and Meghan announced a new venture, in association with their partnership with World Central Kitchen. The Sussexes have previously partnered with World Central Kitchen to build relief centers in Dominica and Puerto Rico. And now they’re building one in Mumbai, India.
Happy anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are celebrating their third wedding anniversary on May 19, using the special occasion to announce a new philanthropic project from their Archewell Foundation. In a statement shared on their Archewell website on Wednesday, the couple announced plans to build a Community Relief Center in Mumbai, India, through their partnership with World Central Kitchen. The release cited the nation’s alarming second wave of COVID-19 as grounds for erecting the center there.
“Right now, COVID-19 cases are spiking across the entire country of India. On Tuesday, India’s total virus cases exceeded 25 million, with 260,000 new cases and 4,329 deaths reported in the past 24 hours,” the statement said. “Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, millions have been infected, and there is widespread concern that the crisis is even worse than reported.”
With sights set on serving the long-term needs of the local community, Archewell and World Central Kitchen (run by celebrity chef José Andrés) will open their third of four Community Relief Centers in India’s largest city. Mumbai is also home Myna Mahila, “an Indian organization focused on women’s health and employment opportunities that The Duchess of Sussex has long supported.”
“The purpose of these centers is to provide relief and resilience (as well as healing and strength) for the communities in which they’re based,” the statement said. “During future crises, these centers can be quickly activated as emergency response kitchens—or vaccination sites—and through calmer times they can serve as food distribution hubs, schools, clinics, or community gathering spaces for families.”
Before anyone starts up with “this won’t be up and running in time for the current Covid crisis in India,” they know that and that’s why they’re talking about long-term solutions for future crises. And this is not the only thing they’re doing in India either – their work with Vax Live and the Vaccine Alliance has raised millions for struggling, vaccine-poor countries around the world, including India.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.
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