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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have celebrated their third wedding anniversary by announcing plans for a disaster relief centre in India to aid the fight against Covid-19.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who married three years ago on Wednesday 19 May at Windsor Castle, announced the plans on their Archewell website.
In a statement on their site, the couple said the centre will “provide relief and resilience as well as healing and strength” for those who use it.
Harry, 36, and 39 year old Meghan’s latest venture will be based on a blueprint of a centre built in the Caribbean island of Dominica, and will enable locals to get free food and medical care – including the Covid-19 vaccination.
A statement from the couple’s website read: “As part of our ongoing philanthropic partnership, Archewell Foundation and World Central Kitchen are announcing plans today to build our next Community Relief Center in India, which is facing a devastating second wave of COVID-19.”
The relief centre will be based in Mumbai, India and will be the third that the couple’s foundation has built – alongside the aid centre in Dominica and one in Puerto Rico, which is currently under construction.
The statement added: “Archewell Foundation and World Central Kitchen will establish our latest community relief center in Mumbai, India, which is also home to Myna Mahila, an Indian organization focused on women’s health and employment opportunities that The Duchess of Sussex has long supported.”
It went on: “The purpose of these centers is to provide relief and resilience (as well as healing and strength) for the communities in which they’re based. During future crises, these centers can be quickly activated as emergency response kitchens—or vaccination sites—and through calmer times they can serve as food distribution hubs, schools, clinics, or community gathering spaces for families.”
Prince Harry and Meghan’s latest announcement comes as the the pair demanded equal distribution of the coronavirus vaccines around the world.
Speaking backstage at the Vax Live event earlier this month, where the Duke received a standing ovation, Harry said: “I think what we really need to be aware of and what we cannot allow to happen, is science being politicised.
“So many things have been politicized over the years but when we're talking about life and death — which is what we're talking about now — vaccines cannot be politicised.”
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Meghan, who was recently defended by her ex, visited India a year before her nuptials to Harry in January 2017. She visited Delhi and Mumbai to raise the issue of gender equality, and the difficulties with female access to education.
During her time in India, the Duchess visited a school in Delhi where girls told her access to clean water and good sanitation meant they felt safe and could attend school.
In Mumbai, she visited an empowerment project, where women are employed in making female hygiene products.
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