Meghan Markle makes first appearance since revealing miscarriage to honor 'quiet heroes' of pandemic: 'We'll be okay'
The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance on CNN's 'Heroes: An All-Star Tribute' to honor the people working to feed those in need during the pandemic
In a surprise appearance on Sunday, December 13, on CNN Heroes special, Meghan celebrated members of the community who worked tirelessly to feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. The Duchess of Sussex delivered remarks in a pre-taped segment that marked her first public appearance since revealing that she suffered a devastating miscarriage in a New York Times op-ed last month.
"In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I'm inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities. Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them," said Meghan, who suffered a miscarriage in July.
"Back in March, the Covid-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight everything seemed to change. For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with the heartbreaking question: How am I going to put food on the table for my family? 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 neighbors and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbors went hungry," she continued.
She talked about how communities came together to help each other through the crisis. "We saw communities standing up and taking action. When kids' lunch programs came to a halt, we saw our neighbors make sure that those children received the nutrition they need. And when those who are immunocompromised or most vulnerable couldn't leave their homes, we, as a community, showed up to deliver the food they needed to their doorsteps," Meghan said.
She added: "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 made sure those around them did not have to suffer in isolation. They nourished their neighbors in more ways than one," the mother-of-one said.
"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," Meghan added.
Online trolls, who have relentlessly attacked Meghan regardless of her endeavors or intentions, have fallen silent even since the duchess revealed her pain of having lost her second child. As a result, there was only love and adoration for the former 'Suits' actress in the comments section of the CNN Heroes video this time. "It's great to see Meghan again, we haven't heard from her since October and I applaud her message honoring the CNN heroes. Outstanding," one of the users wrote, while another said, "Such a joy to see Meghan speaking! as always, inspiring!"
A third commented, "She is such an inspiration. What amazes me is her resilience in the face of so much negativity. She still makes an effort to support those who need the most. Making a difference in so many people lives." A user added, "Glowing Meghan! Beautiful articulate woman! Great speech." The next remarked, "Thank you Meghan for highlighting these heroes." Another said, "So great to read these comments for a change! Positive, thankful and loved.. Well Done!"
One commenter wrote, "Well spoken, caring and compassionate as always." A person commented, "Truly Beautiful, inside and out! Love you, Meghan!!!" Another added, "Well said Duchess Meghan, looking beautiful and glorious as ever."
It's great to see Meghan again, we haven't heard from her since October and I applaud her message honouring the CNN heroes. Outstanding.— Jack Evans (@Jack4Evanss) December 14, 2020
such a joy to see Meghan speaking! as always, inspiring!— Maiu Eesti (@Estonian01) December 14, 2020
She is such an inspiration. What amazes me is her resilience in the face of so much negativity. She still makes an effort to support those who need the most. Making a difference in so many people lives .— paula lynch (@aswagtuteyik) December 14, 2020
Glowing Meghan! Beautiful articulate woman! 🙌🏽❤️❤️❤️. Great speech.👏🏽— Te_Sho (@Te_Sho) December 14, 2020
Thank you Meghan for highlighting these heroes 💖💖— AllSussexAllTheTime (@AllSussextweets) December 14, 2020
So great to read these comments for a change! Positive, thankful and loved.. Well Done! 🤗🥰😍— Heleen Groen (@HeleenGroen) December 14, 2020
Well spoken, caring and compassionate as always.— 🌺Bel🛡🌊 (@LaBelle529) December 14, 2020
Truly Beautiful, inside and out! Love you, Meghan!!!😘😘😘😘😘— Darcy McRae 🛡🕊🛡🕊🛡🕊#Archewell Army (@darcy_mcrae) December 14, 2020
Well said Duchess Meghan, looking beautiful and glorious as ever❤️❤️❤️— maxine a (@hermanmax6) December 14, 2020