The Duchess of Sussex started by saying, “In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I am inspired by stories of compassion in our communities. Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together to support the collective well-being of those around them.”
According to her, when the coronavirus pandemic started last March, everything changed overnight. She explained, “For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with a heartbreaking question: ‘How am I going to put food on the table for my family? In the face of this devastating reality, we also saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times.”
Further, Markle complimented those who dedicated their time and efforts and shared their resources like food to families whose family members have lost their job because of the pandemic as well as those who were at high-risk. She said that these gestures of love and humanity “reminded so many that they are cared for.”
She went on to say, “Tonight we are celebrating these quiet heroes. Some of whom I know, and others that we applaud from afar. These individuals stood up and made sure the most basic needs of our communities were met. They made sure those around them did not have to suffer in isolation. They showed us, all of us, that even in the darkest times, when we come together, we have the power to remind someone else that there is hope and that we will be OK.”
Markle, her husband Prince Harry, and their one-year-old son Archie are living in Montecito, California and have been active in doing philanthropic initiatives amid the pandemic. In fact, they went door to door in April and handed out food packs to resident in LA, specifically those suffering from chronic illnesses. The couple worked together with Project Angel Food in this cause which Markle considered as something very close to her hearts amid the coronavirus pandemic.