Meghan Markle has praised the ‘quiet heroes’ of the coronavirus pandemic in a surprise appearance on US TV.
The Duchess of Sussex celebrated those who have helped feed children and those in need during the Covid-19, praising the efforts people go to even in the “darkest of times”.
Meghan, who now lives in the US after she and husband Prince Harry left the UK at the beginning of the year, appeared to make the appearance from her garden.
The powerful clip was broadcast on ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’, an annual event by the US network that recognises the unsung efforts of everyday people.
The Duchess said: “In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I’m inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities.
“Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them.
“‘Back in March, the Covid-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight everything seemed to change.
“For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with the heartbreaking question. How am I going to put food on the table for my family?’
‘But in the face of this devastating reality, we also saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times.
“We saw the good in people, in our neighbors and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbors went hungry.
“We saw communities standing up and taking action. When kids’ lunch programs came to a halt, we saw our neighbors make sure that those children received the nutrition they need.
“And when those who are immunocompromised or most vulnerable couldn’t leave their homes, we, as a community, showed up to deliver the food they needed to their doorsteps,’ she said.”
Meghan and husband Harry have been spotted on a number of occasions helping those struggling due to the pandemic.
In April they delivered food parcels to people unable to go outside due to coronavirus.
The couple wore facemasks and gloves as they dropped off packages on behalf of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Project Angel Food to people with chronic illnesses.
In her pre-taped statement, she continued: “We know the value of food; as nourishment, as a life source, and in the moments of crisis, the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug, especially in the absence of human contact due to the social distancing we’re all experiencing.
“Tonight, we are celebrating these quiet heroes, some of whom I know and others that we applaud from afar.
“These individuals stood up and made sure the most basic needs of our communities were met.
“They made sure those around them did not have to suffer in isolation. They nourished their neighbors in more ways than one.
“And they showed us, all of us, that even in the darkest times, when we come together, we have the power to remind someone else that there is hope, and that we will be okay.”
Her message comes just days after Harry made a surprise appearance of his own, praising sick children who inspire others.