A food bank charity that fell silent after receiving a £ 10,000 donation from Meghan Markle – fearing it would not be liked by the association – has now left its support behind.
Himmah’s director Sajid Mohammad referred to her as “like Marmite” and said many members were initially concerned that this would ruin their reputation because “people didn’t like Meghan” after she and Prince Harry gave up their roles as high-ranking kings .
The Duchess of Sussex donated the money in August to the group, which is also committed to fighting racism and poverty.
But Mr Mohammed said the charity needs to show support for Meghan now after the explosive Oprah interview and storm that followed.
He told that BBC : “The reason we didn’t go public is because the trustees felt she was like Marmite and there could be reputational issues – people who don’t like our charity because they don’t like it – is because of this we decided to keep the donation secret.
“After the interview we realized that we are an organization for poverty and race [and] that we had to show solidarity. “
The donation was used to supply a food bank and provided cash for the Salaam Shalom Kitchen, the only shared Muslim and Jewish communal kitchen in Britain.
The Bomb-Oprah interview saw allegations of racism on the surface of the royal family when Meghan revealed that a high-ranking king had asked her how dark Archie’s skin color would be while she was pregnant.
There were also concerns about mental health support when Meghan said she didn’t want to live because of the pressures she faced after marrying Prince Harry.
In a new twist, Meghan Markle’s dad asked Oprah Winfrey to interview him to give him the opportunity to tell his side of the story.
The Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain the day after she and Prince Harry’s explosive UK chat was broadcast.
He told the show he was desperately interested in speaking to and reconciling with his daughter – but also admitted to lying to her about working with the press ahead of their royal wedding in May 2018.