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February 05, 2019

Sex workers and bananas: Meghan Markle pens inspiring messages, but they're branded 'offensive'

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The Duchess of Sussex made a kind and unique gesture to some sex workers in Bristol but was reportedly called out as offensive because it wasn't enough.

Meghan Markle joined a group of women on the One25 team as they prepared to deliver free food. As Markle prepared the bags, she got an idea.

She stated: 

“Oh actually do you have a Sharpie marker? I have an idea. I saw this project this woman had started somewhere in the States on a school lunch programme." 

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Markle got her marker and wrote out simple but strong messages on the bananas that were to be sent out. Among them were "you are special," "you are strong," "you are brave," and "you are loved."

At one point the Duchess exclaimed: 

"I am in charge of the banana messaging." 

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The pregnant move received lots of positive praise. Then a sex worker who was due to get the donations heard about Markle's doing and spoke to the Sun.

She said: 

"[It's] really stupid. People out here struggle to eat and sleep and she gifts us some words on a piece of fruit. She has the means to help us more than that. It’s offensive, you know.”

The unnamed woman was countered by another sex worker who said: 

“It’s so cold right now, it’s a struggle to raise money to get a bed for the night, so any food and bedding is a big help. I think it’s great Meghan is supporting them. It is really sweet.”

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The last-minute gesture should certainly be appreciated no matter how small it was. Just as Markle's gloves should without her ever wearing them.

Since Marklele got into cooking, she's shared a lot of her adventures in the kitchen. Just last week, Markle received a sweet message of thanks from a follower and do you want to go out.

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