Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan express 'heartfelt thanks' to volunteers distributing meals during COVID-19 pandemic

By Heather Cichowski

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have penned a letter to StreetGames, a sports charity that aids young people in the United Kingdom's most disadvantaged areas.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to recognize the amazing volunteers who have been distributing meals to youth in need across London during the coronavirus pandemic. The meals were prepared by The Hubb Community Kitchen, Meghan's patronage.

The touching letter was shared on the StreetGames Twitter on June 22.

"Absolutely delighted to have the support of Harry and Meghan - thanks so much for continuing to reach out to brilliant community organisations like the @smpbrixton, Hubb Community Kitchen, and North Paddington Youth Club as they help families struggling during #Covid19," the charity wrote.

The letter from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was dated June 19 and it was printed on paper featuring their monogram.

"We wanted to write and express our heartfelt thanks to the team at StreetGames. To know that North Paddington Youth Club, Solidarity Sports and St Matthews Project distributed hundreds of freshly prepared meals across their networks of young people over the last few months is fantastic," began the Sussexes.

The couple continued, "The impact of Covid-19 has been a scary and testing time for so many people from all walks of life, all over the world. However, it is difficult times like these that goodwill to others and community spirit prevails.

“We have been touched to witness from afar the coming together of the organisations we champion and so deeply care about. The compassion and leadership of young people across the StreetGames network is vital, and it is their kindness and selflessness that inspires others to do better."

The sweet message ended, "This letter comes with our sincere thanks and best wishes to everyone at StreetGames" and it was signed "Harry & Meghan."

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Earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex reached out to the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen in recognition of the third anniversary of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. The initiative was founded by survivors of the fire who came together to prepare food for the community in North Kensington, London.

Duchess Meghan got involved in helping make a meal when she visited The Hubb Community Kitchen in 2018. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"I think back to when I met all of you and how you had all come together in the wake of what you experienced in your community," Meghan reportedly said in an audio message to The Hubb, according to the Evening Standard.

"And now what you have done is such an inspiration. You continue to give back, you continue to put love in action. And that's really what Hubb is all about... we know it means love, but you are an example of love in action, and that is your purpose," she said.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 9.1 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 188 countries and regions. The United Kingdom has over 307,000 of those cases. The illness has killed more than 473,000 people worldwide, but more than 4.5 million people have recovered from it so far.

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