Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan make generous donation to coronavirus relief

By Zach Harper

Royals around the world have been doing all they can to help during the coronavirus pandemic, from making speeches to helping fundraise with their patronages. Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have responded to the crisis by making a huge donation to help children in the United Kingdom.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are donating £90,000 (about $158,000) to Feeding Britain. The money was generated through "excess profits" from the BBC broadcast of their 2018 wedding, according to Town & Country.

Feeding Britain is chaired by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who royals fans will remember wed the couple at Windsor Castle.

"The Duke and Duchess were able to speak to the Archbishop recently, and were moved to hear all about the work Feeding Britain was doing to support people during COVID-19," a spokesperson told Town & Country. "They are delighted to be able to ensure this money is donated to such a great cause."

Meghan and Harry agreed to donate any extra broadcast profits from their wedding to charity at the time and were notified about the money when coronavirus began rapidly spreading worldwide, Town & Country says. Photo: © OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP via Getty Images

The money will go toward giving vulnerable children and their families food during this uncertain time.

"The social and economic consequences of coronavirus have sent shockwaves across the Feeding Britain network," Andrew Forsey, the organization's national director, told Town & Country. "Families living in poverty, who were already struggling to access and afford food, have been put at an even greater risk of hunger."

Harry and Meghan have relocated to Los Angeles with Archie, where they've been following social distancing recommendations and are staying indoors. Doria Ragland, the duchess' mother, lives in the city, and while the couple haven't seen her, they've reportedly been staying in touch by phone and video chat. While it must be difficult for Meghan and Doria not to be able to spend time together in the same space, it must also be comforting for them both to be close by right now.

"Arche" was the source of inspiration behind Archie's name. The couple's little boy turns one year old on May 6. Photo: © Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images

Last week, it was also revealed the Sussexes will name their non-profit foundation Archewell and launch it sometime in the future. "Arche" was reportedly the source of inspiration for Archie's name, and they were eyeing it for their foundation before Sussex Royal.

"Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic, but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be," they said in a statement, according to The Telegraph.

"Before SussexRoyal came the idea of 'arche' – the Greek word meaning 'source of action.' We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."

The funds Meghan and Harry have donated will definitely help right now in this uncertain time. As of this writing, the UK has nearly 95,000 COVID-19 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. There have been more than 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in 185 countries and regions. The illness has killed more than 128,000 people worldwide, and more than 501,000 people have recovered from it so far.

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