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Duchess of Sussex honours those who helped others during pandemic

Benjamin Wareing

The Duchess of Sussex has honoured volunteers who have helped others in need during the pandemic. The Duchess made a surprise appearance on CNN’s annual special “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” where she spoke of everyday people who helped others during this difficult year.

Meghan’s speech focused on the COVID pandemic and the challenges we have all faced since it began. She thanked the inspiring people who took it upon themselves to help others and who made sure that those around them were cared for during these challenging times that she said were “universally challenging for everyone.”

The Duchess said these people “made sure those around them did not have to suffer in isolation.”

“But in the face of this devastating reality, we also saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times. We saw the good in people, in our neighbours and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbours went hungry. We saw communities standing up and taking action,” she said.

Meghan concluded by remarking: “These moments reminded so many that they’re cared for. Tonight we are celebrating these quiet heroes. Some of whom I know, and others that we applaud from afar. These individuals stood up and made sure the most basic needs of our communities were met…They nourished their neighbours in more ways than one. And they showed us, all of us, that even in the darkest times when we come together, we have the power to remind someone else that there is hope and that we will be okay.”

CNN has aired its Heroes special for the past 14 years; it honours the year’s most inspiring moments and people. Others who made appearances during the CNN special were Dr Anthony Fauci, Gal Gadot and Jim Gaffigan, among others.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.