Last week on November 13 the Duke of Sussex undertook voluntary work alongside The Mission Continues’ Service Platoon, which helps veterans engage with their local communities. However, his participation wasn’t announced at the time and only became public knowledge after details of the event appeared on Instagram.
The event was organised by the Walker Family Events Foundation (WFEF) which worked with the Compton Veterans on what they called ‘Operation Nourish’.
Operation Nourish sees veterans provide food to the vulnerable in order to both help feed people and boost mental health.
Several photos of Harry, wearing a mask to protect from COVID-19, at the event were posted on the WFEF Instagram account.
In one picture the Prince is seen alongside bags of food that have been prepared for distribution, whilst in another he is in front of empty cardboard packaging.
The WFEF photo was accompanied with a caption stating: “Today I had the honor of meeting and working alongside Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
“He joined us in volunteering at Compton VFW for the weekly Operation Nourish programme packing and distributing food to our Compton neighbours.
“He is very humble and kind. Operation Nourish is in partnership with Compton Veterans.”
Video from the event was also posted on the Compton Veterans Instagram account.
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The footage shows a large group of volunteers unloading food from a truck and gathering it around pop-up tables for distribution.
On its website The Mission Continues explains why it organises the weekly operation nourish event to distribute food.
It states: “The Mission Continues is proud to launch OPERATION NOURISH—an initiative that prioritizes veterans’ mental health by mobilizing them in service of combating food insecurity.
“A national survey in late April found that more than 17 percent of mothers reported that their children under the age of 12 weren’t getting enough to eat because the family couldn’t afford enough food —a more than 400 percent increase from when the government last measured hunger rates in 2018.
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“For the first time in our history, we will mobilize our highly trained volunteer force in service of a singular issue–food insecurity.
“The ability and desire to adapt and overcome is part of a veteran’s DNA, and evidenced by the thousands of people waiting for hours for food boxes, the mission is urgent and clear: to combat food insecurity in under-resourced communities where we have a legacy of service.”
Harry and Meghan caused a global sensation back in January when the couple announced they would be standing down as senior members of the British Royal Family.
Instead the Duke and Duchess vowed to become “financially independent” and to split their time between North America and the UK.
After a brief spell in Canada they moved to California shortly before the state entered a coronavirus mandated lockdown.
During the shutdown both Meghan and Harry were pictured delivering supplies to vulnerable Los Angeles residents.
Recently the couple moved to a new £11.2million home in Santa Barbara, to the north of LA.
The luxurious property includes a swimming pool, tennis court and children’s cottage.
Harry and Meghan have also signed a deal to produce films, documentaries and children’s shows for streaming giant Netflix.