The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have surprised children in Los Angeles by spending the morning planting flowers at a learning centre.
On Tuesday, women’s support organisation Assistance League of Los Angeles shared several photos on Instagram of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex planting shrubs and flowers at its Preschool Learning Centre garden.
According to the charity, the visit took place on Monday 31 August; 23 years after Princess Diana died on that same day in hospital after being injured in a car accident in Paris.
"In addition to helping the children replant the Preschool Learning Centre's garden, they spent time with them, sharing their appreciation for nature and helping to instil the importance of healthy eating. We truly appreciate their time and care for our students," the League captioned photos of the couple planting flowers on Instagram.
Royal reporter Omid Scobie explained on Twitter that Archie's parents also sang nursery rhymes in the garden and spent time reading stories to the children.
The Sussexes are believed to have previously volunteered at the centre, which is located close to where Meghan attended school.
In addition to planting, the couple—who played nursery rhymes in the garden—also spent time reading books to the students about gardening, vegetables, and planting, including the Jack and the Beanstalk🌱— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 1, 2020
The Sussexes have previously volunteered at Preschool Learning Center. pic.twitter.com/77IJfsjnG8
Scobie reports that the couple and children planted some forget-me-not seeds, which were famously Diana's favourite flower.
The flower also featured in Meghan’s bouquet at their royal wedding in 2018. In 2006, Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho jointly co-founded the AIDS charity Sentebale. The name 'Sentebale' derives from a a literal translation of ‘forget me not’ in Lesotho dialect, according to the website Diamonds Do Good.
Not afraid to get their hands dirty, Meghan and Harry co-ordinated their laidback looks for their green-fingered morning.
The duchess wore a denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up, denim skinny jeans and black pumps for the occasion, while her husband wore a navy blue shirt, jeans and brown lace-up shoes.
The couple also wore masks for the outing during the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to the League’s website, its mission ‘is to improve the lives of impoverished children in our community through philanthropy, dedicated service, and compassionate programs’.
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