Meghan Markle and Prince Harry having been baking up a storm, volunteering with former gang members at a Los Angeles bakery.
On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Homebody Industries Café and bakery and helped to prepare food for vulnerable members of the community and learn more about the organisation.
In photos shared on the café’s Instagram account, the royals wear face masks and hair nets as they help prepare trays of food.
'Thank you to Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for visiting and standing in kinship with our Café and Bakery teams yesterday!’ the post’s caption began.
'Our staff were thrilled to work alongside them as they helped prepare food and learned more about our newly launched #FeedHOPE program, which employs our program participants to provide meals to food-insecure seniors and youth across Los Angeles in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.'
Meghan wore a white shirt and denim jeans for the occasion, styling her hair into a low chignon under her hair net. Harry coordinated with his wife in a similar white shirt.
The couple could be seen baking bread, folding dough and distributing food into boxes.
According to royal expert Omid Scobie, the baking initiative is run by a community member known as Father Boyle, who Meghan is believed to have met 20 years ago.
Boyle reportedly told Scobie that the royals were known as ‘just “Harry and Meghan”’ to the ex-gang members during their visit.
‘'They rolled up their sleeves and deeply engaged with our workers in the bakery and cafe. It was immediate kinship and heartening in its mutuality,’ he added.
A statement on the organisation's website reads: 'Homeboy Industries is the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.
For over 30 years, we have stood as a beacon of hope in Los Angeles to provide training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.'
The Daily Mail reports that Meghan’s spokesperson said that the spirit of the café reminded the mother-of-one of the times she visited the Luminary Bakery in London – a social enterprise bakery that offers support to disadvantaged women in the UK.
This isn’t the first time the royal couple have given back to their local Los Angeles community since relocating to the US earlier this year.
In the early days of lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, the couple were seen delivering food to members of the area.
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