Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Show 'Service Is Universal' With Texas Storm Relief
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry backed a storm-ravaged Texas women's shelter over the weekend after the royal couple made important announcements for a week.
Through their charitable Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex supported Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, an organization that helps families affected by domestic violence. The Dallas animal shelter had experienced significant flooding amid the state's power outages.
"The Duke and Duchess said to the Genesis team today that their hearts stay with the community, with the families Genesis serves, and with the volunteers and local workers who selflessly care for and support those in need," said a spokesman the Sussexes told HuffPost, adding that the couple "was broken when it saw communities across Texas still struggling to access the basic resources we all need - water, warmth, food, shelter".
Meghan and Harry's donation will help the organization with immediate needs, roof damage and additional repairs in a temporary shelter called Annie's House.
Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, spoke in a statement on Sunday about the royals' involvement. "This gift will not only meet our critical needs," she said, "it sheds light on violence against women and children internationally and lets survivors know that they are not alone."
Just days earlier, Buckingham Palace confirmed the Sussexes will not be returning as working royals. In what appeared to be a pointed statement on Friday, the palace said Queen Elizabeth had "confirmed in writing that it is not possible to continue the responsibilities and duties associated with a life of public service if one leaves the work of the royal family away."
Meghan and Harry responded to the Queen's statement shortly afterwards with their own statement.
"As their work over the past year has shown, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to Britain and the world and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented, regardless of their official role . " a spokesperson for the couple shared with HuffPost. “We can all lead a life of service. Service is universal. "
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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