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Prince Harry and Meghan have arranged for money generated from their wedding broadcast to go toward feeding hungry children during the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple pledged just over £90,000 to the charity Feeding Britain for its programs across the UK, which provide families in need with hot meals and food packages. The funds have been called a “godsend” by the organization’s national director, Andrew Forsey, and come from excess profits from the BBC’s royal wedding broadcast.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who presided over the Sussexes’ May 2018 marriage, is President of Feeding Britain. Harry and Meghan told him they wanted the money to be donated to the organization during a phone call held around the time schools across the UK were closing their doors to most children.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said they are “delighted” to see the money go to “such a great cause.”
It had been agreed at the time of Harry and Meghan’s wedding that if there were any excess profits from the BBC broadcast, that money would go to a charity nominated by the couple. They were notified about the funds around the time the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold. It is understood the Sussexes thought it was fitting that funds generated from their wedding go to a charity supported by the Archbishop, who played such an important role on the day.
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Forsey says that this donation will help Feeding Britain to sustain their programs until schools reopen. “The social and economic consequences of coronavirus have sent shockwaves across the Feeding Britain network. Families living in poverty, who were already struggling to access and afford food, have been put at even greater risk of hunger,” he told T&C.
He added that the money, which is expected to arrive this week, “will keep breakfast, lunch and dinner, so three square meals, on the table of many tens of thousands of children across our network.”
Feeding Britain works across 12 areas in the UK to pilot new approaches to solving hunger. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the charity is also forming new partnerships in London and Scotland and is running an emergency food program providing hot meals and food packages via home delivery and collection points for those in need.
Harry and Meghan saw the work of the charity firsthand last January when they visited Feeding Britain’s first citizens’ supermarket in Birkenhead, Number 7.
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“The magic that they left on the town that day has been carried forward through this very generous donation,” Forsey said.
He had been told of the donation not long after their second citizens’ supermarket opened in Coventry. “Among the first families being helped there were those whose children had been sent home from school…the children were hungry in the absence of their free school meals,” he said.
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess said that the couple were “moved” to hear of Feeding Britain’s efforts to provide support during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“The Duke and Duchess were able to speak to the Archbishop recently, and were moved to hear all about the work Feeding Britain was doing to support people during Covid-19,” the spokesperson said.
“They have particularly fond memories of their visit to the citizens’ supermarket in Birkenhead, especially the generosity and compassion of everyone working there to help others. They are delighted to be able to ensure this money is donated to such a great cause.”
Town & Country Contributing Editor Victoria Murphy has reported on the British Royal Family for nine years.