The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have revealed how they will be marking International Women’s Day this year, which takes place on Monday 8 March.
The couple’s plans have been published on the newly-launched Archewell Foundation website, which describes itself as a charity aiming to “unleash the power of compassion to drive change through non-profit work & creative activations”.
Now, a new page is dedicated to International Women’s Day and lists ideas of how to mark the annual celebration.
“Women Deserve Recognition — and also Support,” reads the header on the page.
“We know the world is asking more and more of women every day — as wage earners, leaders, educators, carers, and more,” it adds.
“In recognition of International Women’s Day, let’s unleash a groundswell of real acts of compassion for the women in your life and in your community.”
The page goes on to make suggestions such as donating to local maternity wards and food kitchens.
It also suggests championing female-owned businesses by ordering food from a restaurants owned by women.
There are simpler suggestions too, such as checking in with female members of family and encouraging them to sign up for the coronavirus vaccine.
“From work to family care, many of us are juggling a lot at the moment,” the website states.
It then adds: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be participating in and taking a number of these actions themselves throughout the month and are hopeful to see families and communities everywhere join together to unleash compassion, one action at a time.”
“Asking something as simple as ‘Are you OK?’ can go a long way.”
The sentiment of this suggestion reflects a question Meghan herself was famously asked during an ITV documentary that came out in 2019, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which charted the couple’s royal tour to southern Africa.
After the documentary’s host, Tom Bradby, asked Meghan if she was okay, she replied: “I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Meghan and Harry will be broadcasting their much-teased interview with Oprah Winfrey on 7 March, the day before IWD.