Prince Harry and Meghan may have an awe-inspiring roster of charitable endeavours up their sleeves, but their little fans are also up to some good deeds of their own! On top of making the sweetest pasta necklace for the Duchess of Sussex during her royal tour, a young Australian boy named Gavin has turned his viral moment into a charitable movement.
Many will recall the moment Meghan slipped into a golden homemade necklace given to her by Gavin during a walkabout in Australia. He held up a sign reading: “I made you a necklace,” and has made this phrase the selling point of his initiative, imadeyouanecklace.com. For $20, anyone can have their own Duchess Meghan pasta necklace, outfitted with golden pieces of pasta and a black-and-white ribbon, “exactly how I made it for Meghan,” his website guarantees.
His mom Rowan opened up about the experience of meeting Meghan, saying her son “woke up with a cough” and wanted the day off school, which he used to make the necklace for “the princess and the prince.” Since then, he’s sold 400 necklaces, and all of the CA$6,800 proceeds have gone towards a charity which researches stillborn babies – like Clara, his late sister, who passed away a few years before Gavin was born. “I want to be like the Prince and Princess and support charities. I’d love to start my own charity in honour of my sister,” he writes on his website.
It just goes to show how inspiring these members of the Royal Family can be – even in the pieces they choose to wear. The Sussexes pride themselves on the care they put into the causes close to their hearts, and Meghan certainly showed where her allegiances lie while visiting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. In addition to her pasta necklace, the 37-year-old wore baubles by ethical British jeweler Pippa Small and rings by Canadian brand Ecksand, which sources materials ethically and maintains as small a carbon footprint as possible. And in wearing her Outland Denim jeans, she even helped to create 15 new jobs for women who have been trafficked or are at risk.