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Meghan Markle news: How Meghan used royal connection to make touching charity gesture

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has called on her days as a frontline royal and made a large charity donation to a cause close to her heart. Meghan has carried on her extensive charity work since quitting royal life, working independently and alongside her husband Prince Harry.

Migrateful, a London-based project, shared the news in a tweet, saying: “We’re so excited to share that we have received a donation of £8000 from The Royal Foundation on behalf of The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle!

“We are immensely grateful for this donation which will go towards supporting the Migrateful mission.”

Migrateful is a London based charity which works to celebrate and empower refugees and other vulnerable people by running cooking classes, helping them gain vital skills and get employment.

A source close to the Duchess reportedly confirmed to Hello! magazine the donation comes from the proceeds made by the Together cookbook, which still remains part of the Royal Foundation.

The Together cookbook was created by the Hubb Community Kitchen in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

During her tenure as a working royal, Meghan frequently visited the Hubb Community Kitchen in private and has continued her relationship with them since stepping down.

One of her first solo royal projects back in 2018 was with the charity, where she visited the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London.

During lockdown, she took part in a video call with the women who run the initiative.

Meghan told the women during the call: “You all had it in you and what was so great is after that first day and then however many visits later, and going ‘yeah we’re just going to make a book’, and not realising, knowing and having a lot of faith in what you guys could bring to the table, and what you could inspire but obviously not knowing what a huge success it was going to be.

“That is just a testament to you, and what I love is it’s just inspired so many people.”

Meghan and Harry have been living stateside since departing from royal life earlier this year.

They have continued their charitable work as independent people, and have begun to set up their new non-profit organisation, Archewell, inspired by their son, Archie.

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The non-profit aims to offer “classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics,” run a mentoring scheme, or conduct and host “events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes.”

It also has the potential to publish its own articles, magazines, books, music, podcasts, television shows, and computer software.

The site could follow in the footsteps of Meghan’s defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, which she deactivated shortly after entering into a relationship with Prince Harry.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed Arche, the Greek word meaning source of action, was also the inspiration behind the name of their son.

They told The Daily Telegraph: “We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name.

“To do something of meaning, to do something that matters.

“Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon.”

Due to coronavirus, the pair have been forced to curb the plans for the time being, and reportedly are looking to do a full launch sometime in 2021.

The couple were met with a blow earlier this year when their application to trademark the name was rejected.

It has been reported they did not file the correct paperwork or pay fees on time.

Archewell replaces their Sussex Royal charity which was dissolved following their exit from the family.

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