Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce surprising first donation for Archewell charity

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The foundation will be donating money to Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen which helps feed those in need around the world. The unspecified sum will help build four Community Relief Centres – the first in Domenica and the second in Puerto Rico. The other two locations have not been announced.

Meghan and Harry said: “When we think about Chef Andres and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we’re reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing – and working tirelessly – to support each other.

“World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action.”

World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook said the design and cost of each centre will vary depending on its location but said each would need an initial investment of at least £37,000 to get up and running.

Mr Mook said: “One of our greatest assets is being able to quickly spring into action to feed those in need after a disaster.”

The Duke and Duchess said they had no immediate plans to visit the centres due to coronavirus restrictions but plan to do so in the future.

Mr Andres set up the charity 10 years ago in the wake of a devastating earthquake which left tens of thousands of people homeless and in need of food on the poverty-stricken island of Haiti.

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The celebrity chef, who runs 16 restaurants from New York City, Washington DC, and Miami to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Puerto Rico, was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

He said: “We are more energised than ever to continue this vital work and we’re proud that it will be hand in hand with Archewell Foundation and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“I have come to know both of them well, and believe that their values are directly aligned with what we stand for at World Central Kitchen.”

The Archewell Foundation website says it is “an organisation committed to creating compassionate communities online and off, to serve our collective wellbeing.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week their production company Archewell Audio had gone into partnership with the Spotify streaming service.

Their announcement came a few months after the couple also signed a Netflix deal to produce a range of programmes and series, believed to be worth more than £112 million.



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