Meghan Markle interview: Charity kept donation secret until Oprah interview

Meghan Markle interview: Charity kept donation secret until Oprah interview

A charity has said the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey prompted it to speak out about a £10,000 donation she made.

Meghan gifted the money to Himmah, which works to tackle racism and poverty in Nottingham, in August but the charity kept it a secret.

Director Sajid Mohammad said it was feared the duchess was “like Marmite” and could damage Himmah’s reputation.

But he added her comments about racism made them want to “show solidarity”.

‘Generous’

The money given to the charity, with funds from The Royal Foundation, has been used to stock the food bank and provide funds for the Salaam Shalom Kitchen – the only joint Muslim and Jewish community kitchen in the UK.

Mr Mohammad said: “The reason we didn’t go public is the trustees took a view that she was like Marmite and there could be reputational issues – people not liking our charity because they don’t like her – so we decided to keep the donation secret.

“After the interview we realised we’re a poverty and race organisation [and] that we needed to show solidarity.”

News Source: BBC News

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