L.A.’s royal darlings, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have popped up performing yet another surprise act of service in the community. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Tuesday afternoon baking at Homeboy Industries, an organization that helps formerly incarcerated and gang-involved Angelenos learn new skills and get back on their feet.
Meghan and Harry helped prepare food for Homeboy Industries’ Feed Hope project, which has been serving free meals to seniors and youth who have become food insecure amid the pandemic.
“It was remarkable to share our Feed Hope program with Harry and Meghan today,” says Mariana Enriquez, a manager at the Homegirl Café in downtown L.A. “They are both down to earth and kind. The staff was honored they took the time to see us, hear us and walk on our journey today. We will never forget it.”
Homeboy Industries, launched in East L.A. in 1988, is now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. The program sees thousands of people each year for programs from job training to substance abuse assistance. In addition to the bakery and downtown cafe, Homeboy Industries also runs a diner at City Hall, operates a catering service, and produces a line of retail products.
Markle first learned about the program as a teenager, when she met Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle while attending Immaculate Heart High School.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were just ‘Harry and Meghan’ to the homies,” Boyle says. “They rolled up their sleeves and deeply engaged with our workers in the Bakery and Café. It was immediate kinship and heartening in its mutuality.”