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Charity begins at the wedding

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CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association): The small charity supports more than 1,000 young people living with HIV in the UK and Ireland.
Crisis: The national homeless body works with thousands of people a year to help rebuild their lives.
The Myna Mahila Foundation: The organisation, based in Mumbai, helps empower women through offering stable employment and breaking cultural taboos around menstrual hygiene. Myna Mahila also teaches women life skills such as maths, English and self defence.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers: The charity supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.
StreetGames: The organisation uses sport to help young people and communities become healthier and safer.
Surfers Against Sewage: The national marine conservation body works to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
The Wilderness Foundation UK: Vulnerable teenagers from urban communities are taught about the great outdoors and rural employment opportunities.

All great charities, I am sure you agree and not all what you would call ‘establishment charities’. I think they’re all superb but a couple are exceptional and remind me of someone else.

They remind me of the sort of charities Princess Diana would have supported and there is a reason for that. Her son, Prince Harry and his wife to be Meghan Markle, have asked the public that rather than buy them gifts, they would very much like it if they donations were made to benefit others.”(Harry and Meghan would like it if) as many people as possible benefit from this public generosity of spirit”. I’m an old softy but I think it’s great.

Do I love the royal family? Not really. Is it an unwanted relic from a long gone era? Pretty well. Is there much point to it? No. So why do I like Prince Harry? Because, despite all that royal training, he still comes across as a good guy.

Perhaps, I relate to Harry because he is not the sharpest tool in the box, but then none of the royals can testify to being that. Yet despite the gruesome media hype, despite the ludicrous royal existence, his common decency shines through.

It’s wonderful that his bride is a black American woman whose mother has dreadlocks, especially in these ugly Brexit times when it’s apparently okay to be racist again. I’m hoping against hope that this marriage will show some people that actually people of colour are no different from us, despite the legions of Daily Mail readers who loathe the idea of our white royal family having their bloodlines contaminated. For once, I hope Ms Markle has a shed load of babies. Contaminate away.

Really, it’s just another wedding between two human beings. That the couple are able to think about others as they approach the most joyous and nerve-wracking time of their lives. The charities are exactly the ones Diana would have supported. Not the behemoth international corporations which pose as charities but those that really affect people’s lives permanently.

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