Meghan Markle has only been back in the U.S. for a few months. But the former royal has already been vocal about her stance on Black Lives Matter, and now she’s showing her support for Black-owned businesses as well.
Last week, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex volunteered at a drive-through distribution event at an elementary school in Los Angeles, where they handed out school supplies, clothing, hygiene items, and food to disadvantaged families.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, Markle, who has a history of “championing small brands and bringing under-the-radar names into the global spotlight,” topped off her look with a face mask from a Black-owned, woman-owned brand.
View this post on Instagram
Baby2Baby was proud to host a drive-through distribution at Knox Elementary in South LA as students across the country return to distance learning this week. Thank you to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for joining our team to help us distribute school supplies, clothing, hygiene items, food and more to children who need these basic essentials more than ever during this unprecedented back to school season.
A post shared by Baby2Baby (@baby2baby) on
The $15 blue seersucker face mask was handcrafted in New York City by Royal Jelly Harlem, an African-inspired clothing and home decorating line founded in February 2011 by mother-daughter duo Teta and Maya Gorgoni.
According to the company website, the brand contributes to the “growth and prosperity of Africa’s beautiful cultures by purchasing many of our materials from African vendors.” In addition, “many of our manufacturers are African-born dressmakers and tailors who produce our products in the USA.”
View this post on Instagram
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Made a Rare Appearance to Distribute School Supplies in LA This Week They volunteered with non-profit Baby2Baby, which is one of the four organizations that they chose to celebrate Archie’s birth in May 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex volunteered with Baby2Baby, which is one of the four organizations—and the only one in the U.S.—that they chose to help celebrate Archie’s birth last May. The couple handed out supplies to families and helped children pick out and try new backpacks. @sussexroyal @hrhofsussex Stayed Safe & Stylish in her @royaljellynyc Blue Seersucker Mask #MeghanMarkle #TheMeghanEffect #Baby2Baby #Charity #RJH #RoyalJellyHarlem # #Mask #WearAMask #Safe #Stylish #MadeInNYC #MadeInUSA #BlackOwnedBusiness #WomanOwnedBusiness #Support #SmallBusiness #
A post shared by Royal Jelly Harlem ® (@royaljellynyc) on
The event was hosted by Baby2Baby, which “provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.”
The organization boasts a number of celebrity ambassadors, including board members Kelly Rowland, Nicole Richie, and Jessica Alba. It distributed more than 30 million essentials to families affected by COVID-19.