Meghan Markle makes a surprise appearance on CNN to honor COVID-19 heroes

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the annual “CNN Heroes” TV special Sunday. She paid a tribute to the people who’ve worked hard continuously and made a difference in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and to honor the people who made this year’s most inspiring moments happen.

Meghan Markle’s speech on CNN

The spread of the virus has taken a toll on almost everything this year, and it’s only fair that we are thankful to the people who’ve helped the entire world survive through such tough times.

Meghan Markle’s words to COVID-19 heroes

The Duchess of Sussex thanked the “individuals (who) stood up and made sure the most basic needs of our communities were met” in the past year, which she described as being “universally challenging for everyone.”

In addition to that, she said, “They made sure those around them did not have to suffer in isolation.”

“In the face of this devastating reality, we saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times,” the Duchess said on CNN.

“We saw the good in people, in our neighbors, and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbors went hungry,” she continued.

“We saw communities standing up and taking action. When kids’ lunch programs came to a halt, we saw our neighbors make sure that those children received the nutrition they need. And when those who are immunocompromised or most vulnerable couldn’t leave their homes, we as a community showed up to deliver the food they needed to their doorsteps,” Markle said.

“We know the value of food — as nourishment, as a life source — and in moments of crisis, the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug, especially in the absence of human contact due to the social distancing we’re all experiencing. These moments reminded so many that they’re cared for,” she added.

Charitable work to support amid the COVID-19 pandemic

After Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, announced in January this year that they would be abandoning their roles as “senior” royals they moved into their new home in Montecito, Santa Barbara this July. Since then Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry have been vocal on voting rights ahead of the US election over the summer, the Black Lives Matter movement, and support to charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple has been volunteering with several charities in the Los Angeles area. In April, they delivered meals to city residents through Project Angel Food, a program to feed the chronically ill, as reported by CNN.

They also distributed supplies to needy students with Baby2Baby recently. The Duke of Sussex was spotted volunteering with the Walker Family Events Foundation, which supports veterans and their families.

Meghan and Harry have also been working on their new foundation, Archewell. The website for the same was launched this October. It will be focusing on creating more humane and understanding communities both online and in real life.

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