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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Donates $25,000 to Melba’s Black-Owned Restaurant towards the company’s COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Donates $25,000 to Melba’s Black-Owned Restaurant After Tasting Chicken and Waffles

Melba Wilson and Prince Harry
(Image Credit: Instagram/ MelbasHarlem)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stopped in Harlem to try Melba’s chicken and waffles on Friday (September 24), according to Page Six. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also left a generous tip. Before leaving, they pledged to donate $25,000 towards the company’s COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund.

Melba’s Restaurant, named after founder Melba Wilson, is a premier soul food destination in New York City. This black-owned restaurant was opened in 2005. The restaurant serves an array of comfort foods such as Melba’s Spring Rolls, Southern Crab Cakes, and Fried Catfish Strips. You can also order creative entrees, including Southern Fried Chicken Wings & Eggnog Waffles and BBQ Turkey Meatloaf.

This was the first time Prince Harry had a taste of chicken and waffles. Diners at the restaurant were shocked to spot Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. One person noted that Prince Harry was served Southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles, catfish, spring rolls, and yams. The couple also added in a family favorite, collard greens, which Meghan’s mother often prepares for the couple.
Melba was excited to give The Duke and Duchess of Sussex a taste of her restaurant’s famous foods. She shared the news about her special guests on Instagram.

“It was such an honor to officially welcome Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Melba’s! I am so thankful for their commitment to donate $25k and hope to welcome them back soon. Thank you for dining with us!

The 114th Street Harlem restaurant is giving the community more than food. Melba’s is providing job opportunities to people who may have been impacted by COVID-19.

Melba’s COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund was founded to provide financial support to hourly workers at the restaurant. Since many families have struggled during the pandemic, the fund is designed to give a helping hand. This fund was created through a partnership with Team Unity Incorporated — a nonprofit organization that supports diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives.

The fund’s goal is to raise a minimum of $250,000. Thanks to the generosity of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the organization will obtain 10% of its base fundraising goal.

The royal couple has been full of surprises during the pandemic. While in Harlem, Meghan Markle visited PS 123 Mahalia Jackson School. She read her first children’s book, The Bench, to second-grade students, People reported.

The elementary school students aren’t the only ones excited to be in the presence of royalty. Melba’s conversation with The Duke and Duchess was a moment to remember. Melba shared her excitement on her page earlier today.
“This was truly a dream come true for this girl who was Born, Bred and Buttered in Harlem!,” Melba posted. “I am forever grateful!”

Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex Head-to-Toe Burgundy Suit Look Is Driving Trends, According to Lyst

When all else fails, go monochrome. It’s an easy way to turn heads and look chic in outfit, whether it’s causal or not. Last week, Meghan Markle got that memo. The Duchess of Sussex made a stop at a local Harlem school in New York, alongside Prince Harry, wearing a head-to-toe burgundy suiting ensemble.

Markle layered a burgundy Loro Piana jacket over a sleek blouse and coordinating high-rise trousers by the sustainable, European brand. To complete the look, she went with matching Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, also in burgundy, as well a clutch from Valextra.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the Melba’s restaurant in Harlem. 24 Sep 2021 Pictured: Prince HarryPhoto credit: MEGA

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the Melba’s restaurant in Harlem, New York, on Sept. 24.
CREDIT: MEGA

The outfit has since spiked searches for fashion fans. According to data from Lyst, “burgundy” quickly became a popular keyword, while searches for the designer, Loro Piana, increased 66% week-on-week.

Loro Piana is committed to advancing its environmental sustainability strategy and uses solar energy in its facilities, for instance. The made-in-Italy cashmere jacket Markle wore last week retails for $5,840 at Neiman Marcus.

Meanwhile, the Valextra bag she chose caused a 134% boost in online searches for the Italian brand.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a donation of vegetables and herb planters for Harlem Elementary school, in response to a need for easier access to fresh and healthy food in the community.

Meghan Markle Sports a Relaxed Red Suit for a Visit to a Harlem Elementary School
Meghan read her children’s book The Bench to students for an outdoor reading event.

Mahalia Jackson School students in Harlem, New York City received a visit from two special guests on Friday morning.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan paid a visit to the central Harlem elementary school for an outdoor reading event where Meghan read from her debut children’s book, The Bench. The Sussexes were joined by New York City Public Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter for the visit, meant to highlight the school’s initiatives and to promote early literacy in young students. Harry and Meghan’s visit to Harlem comes after the start of their three-day trip to New York City which began with a visit with Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family and Governor Kathy Hochul at the One World Observatory.

Video clips circulating from the pair’s school visit showed Meghan arriving in a maroon-hued oversized jacket and matching wide leg trousers by Loro Piana, while Prince Harry kept it casual in a gray sweater and khaki slacks. The duchess was photographed stepping out in the fall appropriate look ahead of entering the school’s grounds.

The duke even adorable sat cross-legged on the ground with students while Meghan read aloud, attentively listening along with the schoolchildren.

“I wrote this when we just had our little boy, and I haven’t read it to any other kids but you!” she told the second grade school children as she sat down to read from the book.

The Sussexes also viewed a brand new mural painted by 4th and 5th grade students which featured pink paper hearts and personal stories and dedications to the couple written on them, which Meghan carefully looked through.

Prince Harry sat with students as Meghan Markle reads from her book, ‘The Bench.’ She said it’s the first time she’s read the book to a group of kids other than her own two children, Archie & Lillibet .

The couple also left a donation of vegetable and herb planters for the school, in response to a need for easier access to fresh and healthy food in the community. The pair also partnered with Proctor & Gamble to stock P.S. 123’s pantry with free-of-cost products to help families take care of their personal health and hygiene and maintain clean and healthy homes. Meghan also personally donated reading nooks to Graham Windham non-profit locations across New York City to support families’ access to books and encourage at home reading.

Meghan and Harry’s Harlem visit also comes ahead of their anticipated appearance at Saturday’s Global Citizen Live event, where they’ll be joined by a number of high profile celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Doja Cat, and more to fundraise for global vaccine equity.


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