Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are too often cut in the muck and mire of tabloid news. It’s easy to forget, amid so many ridiculous and hateful stories, that Harry’s a veteran and tireless philanthropist. Chef Jose Andres just penned an essay for Time detailing why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are worthy of admiration and compassion. Here’s what he had to say.
Who Is The Chef?
Andres is a world-renowned chef and restauranteur. He’s got a two-star Michelin restaurant to his name and has received awards for his non-profit World Central Kitchen. He’s provided millions of meals to folks struggling all over the world. Andres is a sterling source when it comes to helping people.
Running To Action
Andres opens his essay by recollecting an iconic clip of Harry. When he was in Afghanistan, Harry cuts an interview off swiftly so he can sprint towards an alarm. You can see it here in this ABC News report. The clip went viral in 2013.
What struck Andres was how ready Harry was to pop off. “In one swift motion, he stands up, rips off his microphone and runs toward the action.” Andres writes “That same sense of urgency drives Meghan.” He calls Markle a longtime “humanitarian and a powerful advocate for women and girls around the world.”
Diving into action is not easy, especially not for Harry and Markle. Andres rightfully points out that the two have been “blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame. It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent.” Staying in the United Kingdom would have been a much easier choice, but they chose the United States and charity instead of indulging in luxury.
Voice To The Voiceless
From there, Andres highlights the good work the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do through the Archewell Foundation. He writes, “They give voice to the voiceless through media production. Hand in hand with nonprofit partners, they take risks to help communities in need.” He specifically highlights their advocacy for mental health, something Harry is extremely open about and even bullied over.
Andres concludes that Harry and Markle genuinely care about the citizens of the world. “They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.” Markle and Harry are dedicating their life now to helping people in numerous different ways, something tabloids never ever remark on. Their charities do a lot of good, and none of it is easy.