On Tuesday, June 23, the former senior royals spent the afternoon cooking and preparing meals with Homeboy Industries, an organization devoted to rehabilitating former gang members and improving their lives.
According to its website, Homeboy Industries provides “training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of society.”
“THANK YOU to Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for their visit yesterday,” the org tweeted on June 24, along with some pictures courtesy of the royals. “Our Bakery & Café teams were thrilled to have them work alongside us to #FeedHOPE to Los Angeles.”
According to a Twitter thread from royals reporter Omid Scobie, the Sussexes recently became more involved with the organization through the man who runs Homeboy Industries, Father George Boyle.
Markle reportedly met Father Boyle during a tamales-making workshop she attended with her mom, Doria Ragland, 20 years ago. Scobie also shared a statement by a rep for the royal couple, claiming the duke and duchess “connect deeply” with the organization's mission, describing its work as "a perfect example of how empathy, kindness, and compassion can change the world."
Meghan Markle recently gave a virtual commencement address to the graduating students from her high school alma mater, Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles, addressing the Black Lives Matter movement and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers.
"I wasn't sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing. And I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart, and I realized: The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing," Markle began her speech earlier this June. "Because George Floyd's life mattered, and Breonna Taylor's life mattered, and Philando Castile's life mattered, and Tamir Rice's life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we don't know. Stephon Clark. His life mattered."
"This is something incredibly personal to Meghan, especially given everything she has experienced," a source told Scobie at the time. "And as a couple it is, of course, very important. They are both feeling it, just like the rest of us."
Originally Appeared on Glamour