Duchess of Sussex writes on bananas for sex workers

Meghan Markle told women working in the sex industry in Bristol "You are loved" and "You are brave".

Lydia Morrish
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Meghan Markle in 2018.

Why this story matters:

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wrote inspirational messages to sex workers on bananas while on a visit to One25, a charity helping women leave sex work and recover from drug addiction in Bristol, south west England.

Social media users praised the sentiments, with one saying: "Duchess Meghan is the best and I hope more people will donate to this wonderful cause".

However the message-writing has divided some, with critics saying the Duchess has the means to help sex workers with more than notes on bananas.

Details from the story:

  • While on a visit to a sex workers' charity in Bristol with Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wrote inspirational messages on bananas for women hoping to leave the sex industry.
  • Inspired by a school lunch program in the United States, the Duchess wrote the notes -- "You are loved", "You are strong" and "You are brave" -- in marker pen on the bananas.
  • The organisation, One25, helps women hoping to leave the sex industry and recover from addiction, taking them food, condoms, blankets and hot water bottles, and offering advice.
  • Those involved in Meghan's impromptu message-writing said the notes of support left no "dry eyes in the room". The charity said it was "an honor" to have the royal couple visit.
  • Meanwhile, the act has divided some people, with one woman slamming the banana messaging as "offensive" and "really stupid". However, another woman working in the sex industry said it was "really sweet", according to The Sun
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