Meghan Markle has stepped into a heated national gun control debate by sending a letter of support and snacks to volunteers from Moms Demand Action, an organization that advocates for safe gun laws.
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said on Twitter on Wednesday that the organization had recently received a letter of support signed by “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex” and a set of “delicious and expensive” snacks.
Following the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Ulvada, Texas, Moms Demand Action volunteers and staff “worked around the clock for weeks,” Watts said on Twitter. She added that “It was touching to receive such support – and snacks! — from the Duchess of Sussex today,” Watts also shared a photo of a note from Meghan, which included the capital “M” logo and a crown.
.@MomsDemand Volunteers and staff worked around the clock for several weeks, so it was great to get that kind of support – and refreshments! – today from the Duchess of Sussex. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/obksyn8Jmu
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 22, 2022
Watts posted another tweet saying that the appetizers included “doughnuts, work bagels, coffee, cookies, etc… Tasty and valuable.”
In her note, Meghan wrote: “Good afternoon ladies! Many thanks to each of you and your fearless leader Shannon for the work you are doing to keep our children, families and communities safe.”
Meghan, mother of son Archie and 1-year-old daughter Lilibet, continued: “Please know that while you may feel drained by the endless hours devoted to this case, I hope you feel energized knowing that the work that you do is vital. and so deeply appreciated. As a mother, as a friend, thank you very much!”
On May 14, 10 black people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Ten days later, a gunman shot and killed 19 fourth grade students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The suspects in both cases were 18-year-old boys.
As mama’s actions on demand said in a press release dated 15 June, the shooting prompted the organization to use the momentum of national horror over the violence and turn their operations to full capacity. “Our volunteers are making progress in saving lives in states and cities across the country,” Watts said in a statement. “In just the last few weeks, our volunteers have helped push historic legislation through state houses, city halls and school boards – and we’re only getting stronger.”
Moms Demand Action’s offer of support isn’t the first time the California-based Duchess has voiced her concerns about gun violence.
Before she traveled to the UK in early June with Prince Harry to attend Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, she made a trip to Uwalde, Texas to honor the victims of the shooting. She was seen laying white flowers with a purple ribbon at a memorial near the Uwalde County Courthouse. She also knelt and bowed her head on the cross for the 10-year sacrifice of Ouzia Garcia.
Representatives for the American Duchess said she made the trip privately “like a mother” and her supporters said she was not trying to draw attention to herself. But her critics accused her of trying to use the tragedy as a photo op, saying she made a gesture of condolence at a public memorial where news photographers took pictures.
Meghan’s donation to Moms Demand Action is likely to spark further debate that the former TV actress has taken sides on a controversial political issue. As a senior working member of the British royal family, she was expected to always be publicly neutral on any political issue, whether in the UK or the US.
However, since she and Harry left royal life and moved to California, both have spoken more about politics, including urging people to vote in the 2020 election and Meghan speaking out in support of paid family leave.