Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have thrown their support behind the Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, Texas through their non-profit foundation Archewell in the wake of Winter Storm Uri.
“Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!” the Genesis Women’s Shelter wrote on Twitter. “Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs. THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION!”
Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs. THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION! pic.twitter.com/rFtxzvtFRo
— Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (@GenesisShelter) February 22, 2021
A spokesperson for Meghan and Harry told ET Canada that the couple spoke to the Genesis team on Sunday, saying that “their hearts remain with the community, with the families Genesis serves, and with the volunteers and workers on the ground who selflessly provide care and support to those in need.”
The spokesperson added that “like so many, the couple is heartbroken to see communities across Texas still struggling to access the very basic resources we all need—water, heat, food, shelter” and hope that others will be compelled to donate or help out “whatever way they can.”
The Genesis Shelter provides emergency shelter, long term housing, counseling and legal services to women and their families who have been victimized by domestic abuse.
This is the first public charitable act that Meghan and Harry have taken part in since it was announced last week that they would officially be stepping down as senior royals after a year-long “trial period.” Though Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, said that they would be dropping their royal patronages, multiple organizations that were supported by the couple have announced that they will be keeping them on as patrons.
“The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the duke and duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of the royal family,” the palace said. “While all are saddened by their decision, the duke and duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
A source with the palace said that Harry and Meghan’s choice to not return to their royal roles after the one-year review period was “made after conversations between the Duke of Sussex and members of the royal family.”
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan addressed the situation, saying, “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”