The BBC reports on a charity that kept its donation from Meghan Markle a secret because, “The trustees took a view that she was like Marmite and there could be reputational issues – people not liking our charity because they don’t like her.”
Meghan Markle gifted £10,000 to Himmah in August last year. It used the donation to stock the food bank and fund the Salaam Shalom Kitchen – the only joint Muslim and Jewish community kitchen in the UK.
Director Sajid Mohammad said, “After the Oprah Winfrey interview we realized we’re a poverty and race organization [and] that we needed to show solidarity.”
Because Meghan Markle is “like Marmite,” a British charity said it kept a £10,000 donation from her a secret – but was forced to speak out after her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duchess of Sussex, now residing in the United States, donated monies from The Royal Foundation to Himmah, a community project in Nottingham that fights poverty, bigotry, and social isolation.
The decision was made not to talk publicly about the donation, according to director Sajid Mohammad, since it was felt it might harm Himmah’s reputation.
However, following Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they accused the Royal Family of racism, the charity felt compelled to ‘show solidarity’ with the duchess.
‘The reason we didn’t go public is because the trustees thought she was like Marmite, and there could be reputational concerns if people didn’t like her, so we chose to keep the donation private,’ he explained.
‘After the interview, we realized we were a poverty and racial organization, and we wanted to show solidarity,’ says the author.
Every month, the community project on Gamble Street distributes over 650 emergency food kits to people all around the city, as well as delivering more than 60 hot meals each week.
During a recent interview, Prince Harry and Meghan claimed that bigotry forced them out of the United Kingdom, and that their son Archie was denied the title of prince because he is mixed-race.
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