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Meghan and Harry risk backlash with link to controversial ‘b*tch for God’

Wearing his and hers baseball caps, their faces obscured by masks, they could not have looked more ordinary.

Gone was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘s flashy Porsche SUV and formal attire.

Here they were on foot, hitting the streets of Los Angeles to deliver meals to the sick and dying during the pandemic.

The pair are reportedly keen to keep volunteering for Project Angel Food, the non-profit organisation behind the scheme.

But eyebrows have been raised at their choice of charity, which was founded by controversial self-help guru, author and activist Marianne Williamson – now a trustee at Angel Food.

The 67-year-old, who failed in a bid to land the Democrat presidential candidacy, is renowned for her views on mental health, climate change and “draconian” vaccination orders.

Ms Williamson – who famously once described herself as a “b*tch for God” – knows Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland and is reported to have introduced her to chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Loose-lipped comments have sparked controversy “for years”.

A source tells the Sunday Mirror: “She has expressed highly controversial views that came back to haunt her and helped end her recent bid for the White House.

“Some of her comments are at great odds with what the Duke and Duchess believe.”

Angel Food’s chief executive Richard Ayoub, who joined Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, on their volunteering stint, said: “I went with them on the first delivery and they did an amazing job.

“Harry said, ‘We just want to do well, so you will invite us back’.”

Mr Ayoub told the Sunday Mirror he had intended to keep their philanthropic work secret, but it somehow “leaked” out. He said the couple plan to return.

But perhaps the last thing the pair need after quitting as working royals is any backlash as they settle into American life with son Archie, 11 months.

So any links to Ms Williamson will be watched closely. One thing they do have in common is an ability to attract criticism.

Harry and Meghan were rapped for reportedly flying to Miami by private jet for a £775,000 speaking engagement at a JP Morgan banking event – despite urging people to protect the environment.

The prince famously touted his wife for voiceover work while at Disney’s Lion King premiere in London.

Meghan was also criticised after a total of £500,000 was reportedly spent on a baby shower in New York. Then there was the £2.4million refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, Windsor – though they pledged to repay that.

And the rift between Meghan and her father Thomas Markle, 75, remains a thorny issue.

Williamson, meanwhile, has an equally long record of rubbing people up the wrong way. Her influence on Meghan and her mum Doria, 63, is said to go back almost 30 years.

It is claimed yoga-loving Doria gave a teenage Meghan one of Ms Williamson’s most popular books – A Return To Love, outlining her thoughts on finding inner peace.

One source even describes spiritual leader Ms Williamson as “the darling of Doria”.

But the Texan certainly has a chequered past.

A wannabe cabaret singer, she went off the rails before having a “spiritual awakening”.

A brassy, straight-talking, highly charismatic speaker, she was deeply influenced in 1976 after reading a book called A Course in Miracles, which provided help for “spiritual transformation”.

Harry and Meghan deliver food in LA during lockdown  

Ms Williamson said it gave her a “path out of hell” as she had been “mired in a series of unhappy love affairs, alcohol and drug abuse, a nervous breakdown and endless sessions with therapists”.

She went on to write 14 books. Four were bestsellers. In 1989 she founded Project Angel Food, which has delivered more than 12 million meals to the housebound.

In 1991, Ms Williamson officiated at the wedding of actress Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky. She said that derisive publicity of the wedding harmed her credibility, as she was dubbed “Guru to the Glitterati”.

In 2004 she co-founded The Peace Alliance which supported the creation of a Department of Peace in the US.

But despite her successes and humanitarian work, critics have branded the millionaire “a wacko” and a “wackadoodle” on social media.

While making a podcast in 2018 with British comedy actor Russell Brand, Ms Williamson referred to clinical depression as a “scam”.

She added: “All that means is somebody in a clinic said it.” When criticised, she later said: “Maybe I was trying to impress Russell Brand. I was speaking glibly.”

She has also maintained that antidepressants meant to be prescribed for clinical depression actually “numb” or “mask” pain that should be felt.

In 2019 she said she believes clinical depression is real but that there has been too much “medicalisation of normal human despair”.

Of equal controversy is her view on vaccines. As scientists try to find a cure for coronavirus, comments made by Ms Williamson doubting such medicines, and suggestions that they coincided with a rise in widespread illnesses, resurfaced.

Last July she called vaccination mandates “draconian” and “Orwellian” – likening them to anti-abortion laws. She later apologised.

She also tweeted a message that credited “power of the mind” and positive visualisation for turning Hurricane Dorian “away from land”.

Politically ambitious, she ran as an independent for the US House of Representatives in 2014. In January this year she pulled out of the presidential nominations when it became clear she lacked support. She had said Donald Trump could be defeated through a “spiritual awakening”.

And she was ridiculed for spreading an unsubstantiated claim Trump was planning on posthumously pardoning killer and cult leader Charles Manson.

Her charity work has been lauded though. And that is another thing she shares with Meghan and Harry, who have long associated themselves with good causes.

At 13, Meghan volunteered in an LA “skid row” soup kitchen – something she later admitted to finding “terrifying” yet transformative. Harry has been a longtime supporter of soldiers’ charities and is the driving force behind the Invictus Games.

He and Meghan will soon be launching the Archewell Foundation charitable organisation – “to do something of meaning, to do something that matters”.

And while they can no longer cash in on their Sussex titles, experts have predicted they could earn £500million as private individuals.

The Sunday Mirror asked representatives for Harry, Meghan and Williamson for comment, but they did not respond.

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