The Duchess of Sussex is known for championing small brands and bringing under-the-radar names into the global spotlight. So it's little wonder that this passion extends to her choice of face mask, too.
When Prince Harry and Meghan made a rare appearance in Los Angeles this week to volunteer with Baby2Baby, the non-profit organisation that helps children in need, the duchess looked suitably casual yet elegant. She wore a light-coloured linen blouse and olive-green shorts with Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, but it was her face mask that sent a secret message of support.
The striped design is from Royal Jelly Harlem, a Black-owned brand based in New York City. The Adult Mask in Blue Seersucker is 100% cotton with a contrasting orange colour on the inside. It's available to shop now from royaljellyharlem.com, although with a very reasonable $15 price tag (approximately £11.46), we imagine it won't be around for long.
According to the website, the African-inspired company was founded by mother-daughter duo Teta and Maya Gorgoni and "calls attention to the diversity of the African continent and its culture, traditions and art."
"We help contribute to the growth and prosperity of Africa’s beautiful cultures by purchasing many of our materials from African vendors," the site explains. "Many of our manufacturers are African-born dressmakers and tailors who produce our products in the USA."
Meghan, who has spoken passionately about being a biracial woman, has made no secret of her solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which includes championing Black-owned businesses. During her virtual graduation speech for the class of 2020 at her former high school, Immaculate Heart, she called on the graduating class to use the skills they've learned to make the world a better place.
Furthermore, royal reporter Omid Scobie suggested the couple have been quietly working throughout the pandemic to support the movement. "Both Meghan and Harry have been quietly having meetings behind the scenes with people on all levels to make sure that they are educated and connected to the issues of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement," he said.
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