The Sussexes donated generously to Afghan Women & World Central Kitchen

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Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex updated their Archewell site with a statement about the ongoing pandemic, the earthquake in Haiti and the American/coalition withdrawal from Afghanistan. Their statement was heartfelt, and they provided links to a number of charities and organizations doing work on the ground around those three situations. British commentators nitpicked the statement, calling it “grandiose” and suggested that it was an attempt to “set up some sort of alternate woke royal family,” because apparently caring about people is terribly woke these days. Angela Levin even said this with a straight face: “Like most of their ‘compassionate’ gestures there is no indication about what they themselves will do and whether any donations will be going through Archewell Foundation.” They literally provided links to outside charities so that people could donate directly. And now the Sussexes’ own charitable donations have been made public:

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have contributed to aid efforts in Afghanistan and Haiti.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have partnered with several humanitarian organizations through their Archewell Foundation to provide aid relief to people in Afghanistan and Haiti. This week the organizations Women for Afghan Women (WAW) and World Central Kitchen announced that the Archewell Foundation publicly announced the partnerships and thanked Archewell for the support.

The Archewell Foundation has partnered with Women for Afghan Women, the largest women’s organization in Afghanistan, to help its efforts to evacuate women and children during the current Taliban takeover. WAW posted a Tweet thanking the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s foundation, which included a resource guide on how to help Afghans seeking refuge.

World Central Kitchen, a global organization that provides meals to countries recovering from natural disasters, also took to Twitter to announce their partnership with Archewell. Founded by chef José Andres in 2010, the organization is currently providing meals to residents of Haiti following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last week.

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

I’m including the tweets below. This news didn’t come via an Archewell site-update, the Sussexes allowed the charities to make the announcements. I’m going to try to predict the talking points from Angela Levin & company: the Sussexes furtively donated to charity after the Royal Rota raised a fuss about their lack of donations! Or: the Sussexes are famewhores for forcing charities to recognize their donations. Or: how dare the Sussexes have money to donate to charity, the money probably came from their Netflix contract or Harry’s terrible memoir, all while they sit in their $457 million Montecito mansion with 27 bathrooms!!

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  1. M says:

    Harry and Meghan don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk, which is more than I can say for some other people in their family. Stay pressed, Salty White Isle!

    • Oshin says:

      They prove that service is universal.

    • ElleV says:

      exactly – where are the royal family members drawing attention to places people can donate? where are their donations?

      and all those saltines banging on about “oh well I donate privately and don’t make a big noise about it” lol like anyone cares about the $1 you added to your grocery bill at checkout, Karen – obviously when you have a public profile you make noise to support good causes! isn’t that the whole purported justification for the royals?

    • Over it says:

      Can I ask why they aren’t chasing the keenbridges? It’s like those two have taken a flight to Mars since June. I think brits need to file a missing royals report. Cause I would be beyond pissed if my money only went to year long vacations for these two grifters

      • swirlmamad says:

        I mean….where is the lie? Where the hell have those two vanished to, and no one seems to care???

    • SS says:

      I think they are going to need to get more sponsors to their foundation if they are going to keep up the number of donations they are giving to. That has got to be a big money drain.

  2. Snuffles says:

    The Sussex’s are just clowning the royals all over the place. They donate all the time. I remember them donating the money to rebuild a woman’s shelter in Texas that got destroyed during the snowpocalypse. They’ve always put their money where their mouth is.

    The Royal Foundation and all the other royal members “foundations” are shady as fuck and donate only a tiny fraction of the money that passes through them.

    • lanne says:

      Yeah, since when did the royal foundation donate to anything? And the Wessex foundation raised zero dollars last year, isn’t that right? Why isn’t the royal foundation’s fundraising and donations a story?

  3. ModeratelyWealthy says:

    “Service is universal” indeed.

    • M says:

      They need to sell shirts with “Service is Universal” on it for charity. I would buy one for sure, if only because it would piss the royal family off.

  4. Elizabeth Regina says:

    I dont care what the dastardly British press have to say about this. The Sussexes did an amazing thing and they have a history of raising funds and donating to non traditional causes. Grenfell kitchen anyone?

  5. Over it says:

    Poor poor starving British press. These people are so very pressed for Sussex content. I just remembered that they are two very senior ffk and ffq. Whom we haven’t heard a peep from since the euro cup. Like how the flying f is that possible?

    • lanne says:

      they are in Mustique, probably.

      • JT says:

        I don’t think anybody even cares where they are, which is kind of sad really. Those two disappear for two months and crickets. H&M announce a paternal leave and the BM has a damn meltdown. On Meg’s last maternity leave most of the rota shut down until she came back…even Buttons.

      • Nic919 says:

        It has been radio silence on them outside of saying they went to the Scilly vacation home that Charles has. The invisible contract keeps on ticking.

      • Becks1 says:

        And even the Scilly vacation story seemed planted to me – like they went there last year so someone was told just to recycle the same story this year. Or they stopped in for two nights on their way to somewhere else.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Wherever they are, I would bet my last dollar they are NOT there together.

    • ElleV says:

      lol i know right? i think the royal family’s plan right now is be as invisible as possible so no one starts questioning their subscription to the monarchy

      • Ginger says:

        That article is from Richard Eden. Enough said. He wanted people to pay attention to it, and they didn’t.

      • Here4Tea says:

        Sadly, the talking point has been picked up and repeated. “The Saviour has now saved Invictus,” a narrative cannot be challenged unless one knows it exists in the first place.

      • Jan says:

        That money is from when the Sussexes left the Foundation and took their money with them, Cain was trying to hold on to it, just like he was trying to use the Hub cookbook money for his Charities, Meghan said no way Jose.,

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Here4Tea, the “donation” wasn’t money that came out of the Keens pockets, plus it is only a grant!! What a load of crap that the DFail is pushing here!! How generous of the Keens to issue a grant but that doesn’t abolish the abhorrent behaviour of TOBB wanting the donations that Meghan secured for Grenfell and for Smart Works that he tried to steal. Give me a break…..

  6. superashes says:

    But for the Duchess, I wouldn’t have even realized this charity was available to donate to it. I realize a little bit of googling can solve for these things, but the Archewell website takes some of the work out of making sure you are finding the right charity. Bless them for their work, and for shining a light and reminding us all to lift one another up.

    • Topaz says:

      I so agree superashes.

    • AMA1977 says:

      I also trust that the charities they feature have been vetted and that a majority of donations actually go to assist the people they’re supposed to help, so I feel good about donating to causes they champion. I knew about World Central Kitchen, but didn’t know of a good resource to help the Afghan people, so I was pleased to see suggested charities I know I can trust. I was happy to donate to both World Central Kitchen and Women for Afghan Women when the original post was featured here last week and I also suggested those charities to friends and family looking for a way to help.

  7. MsIam says:

    The same people who complained about “why aren’t they donating themselves” are now complaining about them bragging. It never ends so best not to respond.

    • lucy2 says:

      No matter what they do, the British press will criticize them. They can’t win.
      I imagine they figured that out a while ago, and don’t care anymore, are just doing what they want and need to do.

      On a side note I love WCK, so I’m thrilled they’ve been such big supporters.

  8. Lucky Charm says:

    Kaiser, it could be all of the above? Your talking points should have AND, not OR, lol.
    Just another day in the life of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, putting their money where their mouth is and not bragging about it.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    I think it’s clear that usually when Harry and Meghan highlight charities that it’s likely that they have donated to them as well. The press are probably going to complain about them donating because they keep showing up the Royal Family.

  10. Ginger says:

    Angela Levin repeats what the Mugxists post on twitter. That’s how sad and pathetic she is. That’s where she gets her stories.

    I’m proud of Harry and Meghan. They care and show it.

  11. Elizabeth Kerri Mahon says:

    The Daily Fail complained that all the charities listed on the Archewell site were for American charities and not any European and British charities, probably because the Sussexes know that most interested people are Americans.

    • Amy Bee says:

      But that wasn’t even true. They’re not all American charities. Although I wouldn’t blame them if only worked with American charities. The British ones seem to be afraid of offending the Royal Family and the press.

  12. ABritGuest says:

    Great that they followed up with tangible support. Love the work that WCK does especially. There was an article saying that some Afghans who are Invictus competitors may be trying to leave Afghanistan &Mayhew have some operations there too so think what’s happening is really personal for them.

    Nice they are free to do more than thoughts & prayers like Betty did. After they released the statement, Camilla had an interview about her garden. Talk about the royals having their fingers on the pulse of the concerns of the nation.

    Now people are upset their statement didn’t list Heads Together for mental health resources. So weird that they both complain about H&M ‘using’ royal connections AND not including royals/royal orgs in their work. Anyway I look forward to how the royals will copy H&M.

    • Amy Bee says:

      I saw that complaint from one of the Royal blogs. How do they expect Harry and Meghan to include charities linked to the Royal Foundation when they are not even allowed to use their HRH?

      • MsIam says:

        Isn’t that the job of the Royal Foundation, to promote its own affiliated charities? What’s stopping them besides needing to give a damn? Leave it to those whiners to want the Sussexes to do all the heavy lifting.

      • 809Matriarch says:

        William dare not issue a mental health support statement after his dreadful name calling of Harry and Meghan being “unhinged” and “damaged goods” as Robert Lacey said in his latest iteration of Battle of Brothers. Also he very recently branded his mother as PARANOID. If he tried to say anything and promote Heads Together, he would be ROASTED and DRAGGED.

    • Here4Tea says:

      I think Harry’s focus is on Headfit as opposed to HeadsTogether which Cannot and Willnot will probably pay lip service to until something shiny comes along; https://headfit.org/home/

      • Jan says:

        I think Cain and unable wanted HeadsTogether, and Harry said it’s all yours.
        William was even trying to latch on to the Invictus Games, he was always attach to Harry’s work, then he and wifey would claim it as their ideas.
        Harry and Meghan must be thanking their lucky stars that William and Charles wanted them out of the picture due to jealousy and now they can’t open a paper without seeing them in it everyday, be careful what you wish for.

  13. Spencer says:

    No sum mentioned? Hmm …
    The Afghan army has been given modern weapons and military training and they outnumbered the Taliban “army” by the factor 4-6. The taliban just had machine guns and light anti-tank weapons and they usually go on motorbikes. They were hardly a dangerous enemy. Determinded? yes. But not invincible due to their lack of equipment and lack of numbers. The afghan army did not defend their country and the President of Afghanistan did flee with so much money he needed 4 cars to transport it all. I am fed up that western people have to risk their lives to protect those who are apparently unwilling to fight for their own freedom despite being able to.
    The Afghan people want a free country and democracy and modern western laws? Well, let them fight for themselves by themselves.

    • goofpuff says:

      I’m also fed up that western countries caused the mess in the first place and gave birth to the Taliban, tried to clean it up their own mess, failed, then pulled out and tried to blame the unfortunate people left behind.

      • Jaded says:

        Goofpuff I totally agree. This goes back generations and many western countries including the US, UK and France have blood on their hands. This is not Biden’s “fail”, this is trying to clean up a godawful mess created since WWII.

      • BeanieBean says:

        You forgot the Russians, Jaded.

    • ElleV says:

      wow – i sure hope if my country’s trained and equipped military abandoned us in the middle of a takeover by religious extremists other people would extend help to me to escape rather than callously suggesting that i – a middle-class desk-job lady with zero weapons or skills to protect myself – lay down in the grave other people dug for me

      like come on – if global superpowers have never managed to win this fight, what makes you think the average grocer or teacher or child in Afghanistan can? and those western people risking their lives CHOSE that as their job. if you don’t want to risk yours, fair enough – don’t enlist.

  14. Chelsea says:

    I feel like these donations were already in the works when they released that statement on Tuesday because they said on the Archewell site then that in addition to the 4 emergency kitchens they were building with WCK that they were working with them on Haiti and with organizations helping Afghan refugees and the military community. It was pretty obvious that it wasnt just a statement of platitudes; that they were also putting their money where their mouth is like they usually do.

    The haters were projecting because its their taxpayer funded welfare royals who give out platitudes while keeping their wallets closed and making no real efforts to do anything of substance not H&M.

  15. Plums says:

    I was very grateful they made the post they did. The humanitarian catastrophe of our ignominious exit from Afghanistan was making me feel so angry and helpless, and I genuinely felt better after donating to the women’s charity they linked to, without having to research a way to donate to an organization with boots on the ground doing substantive work myself. I knew I could trust it because I trust the competence of the Archewell charity arm to vet the organizations they choose to support and promote.

    I also appreciate that they highlighted the need for aid to Haiti and WCK’s work, which is not nearly in the news the way it was after the earthquake years ago despite the scale of the disaster being about the same. I guess the ratings are higher when you focus on Afghanistan.

  16. booboocita says:

    I may be a cock-eyed optimist, but I truly believe that all this nonsense about the Sussexes is beginning to die. The gaslighting by the UK tabloids has become so unhinged that ordinary people — not just royals watchers — are beginning to take notice. I’m seeing more and more support for the Sussexes on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, particularly TikTok. And as the Sussexes sink more and more into their roles as philanthropists, and simultaneously stay out of the media (that is, they keep themselves out and away; I’m not counting the deranged, wholly made up crap from CTominey and her ilk) except for careful announcements about their participation in initiatives from their partners, more and more people will simply grow tired of the feces that the tabloids are tossing, and walk away.

    I also believe, however, that for the furor to die completely, two things must happen:
    1. Rupert Murdoch must pass away.
    2. The Cambridge kids must become teenagers and fodder for the tabloids.

    I don’t envy the Cambridge kids …