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When Meghan Markle moved to England and married Prince Harry, she dedicated herself to a life of service—something she clearly feels strongly about, considering all her work for Grenfell fire victims and women's rights in just her first year. In Bristol on Friday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) dropped into a sex workers' nonprofit unannounced, where Markle left messages of hope and love for women seeking to free themselves from street sex work. Literally—she left messages on bananas.
Hannah Furness, a royal correspondent, tweeted (opens in new tab) : "During a tour of the kitchen, the Duchess said: “I have an idea. I saw this project this woman had started somewhere in the States on a school lunch programme. On each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation, to make the kids feel really, like, empowered...It was the most incredible idea – this small gesture.”Announcing “I am in charge of the banana messaging!”, she wrote a series of messages on the bananas to say: “You are strong”, “You are loved”, “You are brave”, “You are special.”"
The moment Meghan decided to sign the bananas at @One25Charity with inspirational messages for sex workers. pic.twitter.com/X5MCxE96iXFebruary 1, 2019
The women helped by the charity, One 25, will receive Meghan's messages on bananas in the bags of food the nonprofit will give them later today. (Sorry to ruin it for you, guys.)
Here are some of the bananas Meghan left messages on:
"You are strong." "You are brave." "You are loved." Each banana message was left with a heart symbol, to show that Meghan is sending her love to the victims of coerced sex work (a very different situation from consensual sex work, (opens in new tab) FYI—coerced street sex work bears more resemblance to sex trafficking.)
The visit by Meghan and Harry came unannounced, suggesting that the royals wanted to keep this visit low-key, as well as to protect Meghan, who is expecting her first child this spring, with extra security measures.
👑STOP PRESS👑 #RoyalVisitBristol at One25 today! Our #SecretVisit was kept under wraps to protect Bristol’s most vulnerable women. So delighted the Duke & Duchess of Sussex made it through the snow to show their support! #HarryandMeghan @PeachesTweets @KensingtonPalace pic.twitter.com/h83BYgY44sFebruary 1, 2019
Here's Meghan and Harry meeting with Anna Smith, CEO of the charity:
And here she is writing the messages:
As an FYI, Meghan is doing all this work in a single day while heavily pregnant and wearing heeled boots. I haven't even left my apartment today?
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Jenny is the Director of Content Strategy at Marie Claire. Originally from London, she moved to New York in 2012 to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and never left. Prior to Marie Claire, she spent five years at Bustle building out its news and politics coverage. She loves, in order: her dog, goldfish crackers, and arguing about why umbrellas are fundamentally useless. Her first novel, EVERYONE WHO CAN FORGIVE ME IS DEAD, will be published by Minotaur Books in 2024.
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