Meghan Markle and Harry announce first Archewell project and pledge nearly £150k

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced the first project for their charitable foundation Archewell, as they pledged around $200,000 (£147,000) for four relief centres.

The royal couple have announced a partnership with the World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

One of the permanent centres is being built on the Caribbean island of Dominica, which was hit hard by the hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.

It is expected to open early in 2021.

The second site will be set up in Puerto Rico while the other two locations have not yet been revealed.

Harry and Meghan said in a statement: "The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect with our shared humanity.

"When we think about Chef Andras and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we're reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing – and working tirelessly – to support each other.

"World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action."

The cost of each centre has not been revealed but Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen, estimated that each set-up would require an initial investment of at least $50,000 (£37,000) to get up and running.

Archewell was set up by Harry and Meghan after they quit as working royals in the public Megxit in January 2020.

The pair said they wanted to be "financially independent" with their desire to concentrate on their own projects.

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