Meghan Markle's Mom, Doria Ragland, Suggested the Sussexes Volunteer With an LA Food Bank

Like mother, like daughter.

  • Earlier this week, news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) have been giving back in their new community, Los Angeles, by delivering meals for a local charity.
  • The idea to volunteer with the organization, Project Angel Food, came from Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, according to the nonprofit's executive director, Richard Ayoub (opens in new tab).
  • Ayoub said that Harry and Meghan were "genuinely compassionate" and "extremely engaged" with everyone they met while working with Project Angel Food.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) are taking an active role in helping their new community weather the storm that is the coronavirus pandemic—and we have Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland (opens in new tab), to thank for that, apparently.

The Sussexes (opens in new tab) made headlines this week when they stepped out to deliver meals for Project Angel Food (opens in new tab), a Los Angeles-based charity focused on preparing and bringing food to people with AIDS and other critical illnesses. Clearly, nonprofits like this need support now more than ever as they struggle to help underserved communities during the pandemic.

Project Angel Food works for a great cause and its mission makes it a natural fit Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab), but the idea to volunteer with the organization actually came from Meghan's mom, Doria (opens in new tab), according to the charity's executive director, Richard Ayoub.

Ayoub told The Huffington Post (opens in new tab) this week that Doria was the one who suggested that Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) get involved when they told her they wanted to find a way to give back over Easter weekend. The couple took Doria's suggestion (opens in new tab) to heart and reached out to Project Angel Food to set up a meeting and a tour of its facilities.

"They were just genuinely compassionate, interested individuals who came to visit the kitchens," Ayoub said, adding that Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) were "extremely engaged with every single person they met."

Sounds exactly like the Harry and Meghan we love.

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