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The children of our Preschool Learning Center got a wonderful surprise when The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited yesterday! ❤️ In addition to helping the children replant the Preschool Learning Center's garden, they spent time with them, sharing their appreciation for nature and helping to instill the importance of healthy eating. We truly appreciate their time and care for our students. 🌱 For more than 100 years, @assistanceleagueoflosangeles has been providing early education services to children in need. Our nationally-accredited preschool instructs 40 students from low-income L.A. families. #AssistLA100 #AssistLAtogether #dukeandduchess #dukeandduchessofsussex #harryandmeghan #LosAngeles #VolunteerLA Photos by @msayles
I didn’t write anything about the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death yesterday. Every year, I remember her passing and I remember where I was (my college dorm) when the news came out. It honestly still hurts, and I didn’t even know her. But that whole summer felt so odd, but like she was in a new place, a new frame of mind as she traveled by yacht around the Meditteranean with Dodi al Fayed. I can only imagine how the anniversary hits Diana’s two sons. For years, Harry usually does something quiet to mark the date. He’ll volunteer at a charity or make a trip to somewhere special to his mother. This year, Harry and Meghan volunteered as an LA preschool – they planted flowers and veggies in a small garden at the preschool:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honored Princess Diana’s memory by planting her favorite flowers during a special visit to a Los Angeles preschool. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who recently moved to Santa Barbara with their 1-year-old son Archie, joined children and teachers at the Preschool Learning Center in L.A. on Monday, which marked the 23rd anniversary of the death of Harry’s mom.
In the children’s learning garden, the couple and the kids got their hands dirty as they watered the plot with elephant-shaped cans. They planted flowers and vegetables, including petunias, California wildflowers, tomatoes, squash, sweet peas and more.
“Everyone got their hands dirty digging holes for the new plants and seeds and making sure they were secure with enough soil,” a source says.
Harry also brought along seeds for his mother’s favorite flower, forget-me-nots. Meghan and Harry also spent some time reading books to the children, including Jack and the Beanstalk and others about gardening, vegetables and planting. The classic fairytale “had everyone laughing about magic beans,” the source adds. “They listened to children’s nursery music while they gardened and some of the children danced and sang.”
Preschool Learning Center is a program of the Assistance League of Los Angeles, which aims to improve the lives of impoverished children in the community through philanthropy, dedicated service and compassionate programs. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously volunteered at the Preschool Learning Center, which is close to where Meghan attended middle and high school.
He brought seeds for forget-me-nots. I’m crying. It’s really beautiful. It’s the perfect way for Harry to remember his mother and honor his mother. His mother, who loved children and flowers and dancing and singing. And the fact that he got to do this with his beloved wife, whom he protected the way he could never protect his mother. WEEPING.
Photos courtesy of Instagram, WENN.