Royal fans have often pointed to things like the use of “diapers” instead of “nappies” and American spelling – “re-energized” instead of the British “re-energised” – as proof that someone from our side of the pond is writing at least some of the text.
While Meghan and Harry have an highly experienced PR team that includes Americans who used to work with the Clintons and Obamas, royal correspondent Omid Scobie recently said they have had a huge hand in helping craft their account – particularly when it comes to how charitable causes are handled on it.
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With the festive holiday season upon us, it’s also a reminder to reflect on those in need – those who may feel lonely, hungry, homeless, or may be experiencing the holidays for the first time without loved ones. It’s an important time of year to help those around you who may be less fortunate, or who would appreciate even the smallest act of kindness. Continuing our monthly tradition of highlighting accounts that do good, and inspired by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” - we have selected twelve organisations caring for those in need - especially at this time of year. There are, thankfully, so many organisations around the world doing good on global and grassroots levels, many of which are not on Instagram. Check out the accounts we have chosen and please share those in your own communities that are making a difference. We would love to hear about the ones that inspire you - so please tell us and add your country’s flag! Images used are from the accounts we are now following.
“One of the ideas that came up in a brainstorm that both Harry and Meghan were involved in was to follow a different group of charities every month, giving small grassroots-led initiatives a platform to really promote themselves to the world and be noticed by the world,” Omid recently told Yahoo Style UK.
Of course, Meghan ran her own Instagram account and lifestyle blog, The Tig, before becoming a member of the Royal Family, so it makes sense she’d be pretty savvy about social media.
“Harry and Meghan were so hands on in the beginning of the SussexRoyal Instagram account,” Omid continued. “They looked at a different colour palette to choose the exact royal blue for their banner and logo. It was Meghan’s idea to have white borders on all of their photos. She even knew about Instagram algorithms.”
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We feel very grateful and honoured to have been highlighted by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, as one of 12 charities doing important work worldwide. This photo has Meghan volunteering in our kitchen! ❤ . The couple said: “With the festive holiday season upon us, it’s also a reminder to reflect on those in need – those who may feel lonely, hungry, homeless, or may be experiencing the holidays for the first time without loved ones. It’s an important time of year to help those around you who may be less fortunate, or who would appreciate even the smallest act of kindness. Continuing our monthly tradition of highlighting accounts that do good, and inspired by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” - we have selected twelve organisations caring for those in need - especially at this time of year.” . Meghan Markle was an active supporter and volunteer of St. Felix Centre during her time living in the city while working on Suits. She volunteered on a regular basis in our kitchen as part of our Community Meals Program. The Duchess also donated food from the set of Suits, and on one Thanksgiving she brought in all the food, turkeys and the fixings for over 100 people. . Through our Twitter account we responded to the announcement: “Thank you! Many people here have fond memories of Duchess Meghan volunteering with us – though we remember her just as 'the lovely Meghan'. We're happy to see she continues supporting vulnerable people now as a member of the Royal Family. We'd love for her to visit us again one day.” . Thousands of people have responded to the call to visit our social media platforms, many of them urging people to make a donation to our Lighting the Way Christmas campaign. . Many vulnerable people in our Toronto need your support! If you are planning your holiday giving, please consider making a donation to our Lighting the Way campaign - link in our bio. Your support can make all the difference! . #Toronto #stfelixcentre #homeless #charity #harryandmeghan #sussexroyal #meghanmarkle #volunteer #lovetoronto #blogto #curiocitytoronto #hypetoronto #libertyvillage #queenwest #toreats #tdot #6ixgrams #torontolife #igerstoronto
Earlier this month, the couple used their Instagram to draw attention to 12 charities they asked fans to support this holiday season. One of them was Toronto’s St. Felix Centre, a shelter and support centre for homeless, underhoused and vulnerable people where Meghan volunteered while she was living in the city. The centre later thanked the couple by sharing a previously unseen photo of the duchess helping in its kitchen. Of course, the picture showing the kind-hearted royal’s charitable act of selflessness instantly went viral.
Meghan and Harry are still on their extended six-week break from royal duties, and were rumoured to have spent American Thanksgiving on this side of the Atlantic with Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother. They also have plans to celebrate Christmas with her, though it’s not known whether they’ll do that in the US or back at their home of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.