Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's surprise gift to volunteers praised by Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the sweet gesture in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday

Harry and Meghan's surprise gift to volunteers revealed
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been praised by the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. for their sweet gesture to community volunteers on Monday. 

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending a sweet gift to community volunteers in Atlanta. 
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex provided delicious soul food trucks to the participants of a community service project at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change on Monday, much to the gratitude of Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice. 
  • In other royal news, Prince Andrew was 'verbally abusive' to maids over teddy bear collection.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by treating a group of volunteers to the ultimate feel-good reward—delicious hot meals.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent Black-owned food trucks to the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta to provide lunch at a community service project event on Monday, much to the delight of its hardworking participants. 

The royal couple's kind act was warmly welcomed by Bernice King, the proud daughter of the late civil rights activist, who took to Twitter to share her reaction. 

"I’m so grateful for your graciousness in honoring my father," she wrote, after tagging the couple to thank them for their generosity. 

Volunteers enjoyed complimentary meals from the likes of Parlay Savory Saloon, a soul food vendor based in the Georgia capital, over the course of the busy afternoon. 

Its food truck menu boasts a selection of traditionally Southern bites, including cheese grits, chili dogs, and skillet potatoes—all of which were likely appreciated in the cool winter temperatures. Paige’s Pastries & Bistro, which specializes in soul food desserts such as peach cobbler and vanilla pound cake, was also present at the event. 

This isn't the first time that Harry and Meghan have surprised the public with their philanthropy. In March 2021, the Duchess sent several congratulatory notes to women who had secured employment with the support of Smartworks, her patron charity. She demonstrated her passion for feminism again on her 40th birthday, teaming up with Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy to ask women to give 40 minutes of their time to mentor another woman. 

Meghan and Harry's Archewell foundation, which they launched in 2020, has also been a huge part of their charity work. In December 2021, the couple revealed that their nonprofit had donated to several important causes—including the resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US—over the course of the year. 


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Meanwhile in London, the Queen’s ‘thoughtful’ tribute to Martin Luther King Jr at Buckingham Palace has been dubbed ‘amazingly sweet’ by fans. Her Majesty, who is currently residing at Windsor Castle, had Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ played at the Changing the Guard ceremony on Monday morning to mark the momentous US holiday. The decision was lauded by American royal fans in particular, many of whom were impressed by the poignant performance.

Emma Dooney
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