The fire that broke out at Grenfell Tower last June affected everyone in the U.K. And perhaps because of its close proximity to Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family felt it keenly as well. The Queen and Prince William visited rescuers and survivors shortly after the fire (which killed 71 people and injured 70), Will and Harry met with victims a few months later, many of them attended a memorial service at the six-month mark, and the Royal Foundation established a support system for youth and families impacted by the fire. But someone else has been lending a hand — behind the scenes.
The Daily Mirror reports that Meghan Markle has been visiting victims, and has kept it from being publicized. Until now.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) February 12, 2018
Meghan showed up at a West London mosque near Grenfell, sans Harry, with just a royal protection officer and a royal aide by her side. “Ms. Markle has regularly been making private visits to organizations as she gets to know the charity sector,” said a royal source.
Familiarizing herself ahead of time, sure, but you know she’s also the kind of person who wants these people to know they haven’t been forgotten. Well done, Meghan, well done.
“Meghan’s visits mean so much to us,” a Grenfell resident said. “She has a special place in our hearts.”
Some aren’t surprised by her initiative, though.
No surprise. On her own initiative she has shadowing someone at UN women for a week during a short filming hiatus before deciding to work with them (after being approached by them).
— Invictus Coverage (@InvictusbyPepp) February 12, 2018
In fact, they’ve known for months what kind of a go-getter she is.
We were briefed on the day after the engagement announcement that she would be taking time to get to know the UK charity sector. Grenfell Tower has such a resonance though.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) February 12, 2018
The Mirror likened her, and the private visits, to Princess Diana, as she often visited charities and those suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer without publicizing it. The paper even points out a time Diana left Kensington Palace in the middle of the night to visit shelters and speak with nearby homeless people.
But Harry is also like that, making appearances without putting it on any type of royal docket. So while Meghan might be emulating her fiancé’s late mother, it could very well be Harry’s influence. Or it’s simply Meghan’s nature.
Speaking of the happy couple, Harry and Meghan were in Edinburgh on Tuesday, for their first official visit to Scotland and it was another success. But whether she’s with Harry or without, it’s clear that Markle is on to great things. And the people of the U.K. will be better for it.
Thank you to everyone who came out to welcome Prince Harry and Ms. Markle to Edinburgh Castle this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/1pzOiV1F0A
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 13, 2018