Sex worker finds Meghan Markle's inspiring, handwritten notes on bananas given to prostitutes 'offensive'
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle wrote the notes on Friday during an impromptu stop with her husband Prince Harry at the One25 charity in Bristol, UK
Meghan Markle may have landed herself in some soup after her latest royal engagement. The Duchess, who wrote messages like “You are brave” and “You are strong” on bananas distributed among prostitutes around Bristol, is facing backlash for her supportive words.
A certain sex worker called Nikki branded the Duchess' move as “really stupid”. She added, as per the Sun Online, “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 pregnant Duchess, who is slated to give birth in late April to her first child with Prince Harry, wrote the notes on Friday during an impromptu stop with her husband at the One25 charity in Bristol.
Despite Nikki's outrage, one woman helped by the organization welcomed the royal's thoughtful gesture. The homeless sex worker, who wished to not be named, 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.”
A volunteer at One25 also seemed to applaud the Duchess' efforts, even though Meghan reportedly copied the idea from a dinner lady sending positive messages to schoolkids in the US. The worker added: “The messages were lovely and sensitive. I think the women who would have received them would have appreciated it. Knowing there’s someone supporting them would mean a lot.”
Meghan usually gets showered with praises all over, so the outcry from Nikki was quite shocking. Recently, the pregnant royal was praised by Helen Mirren who said that Meghan had done a great job at handling royal fame with self-restraint and elegance.
The 73-year-old actress, who is also an ambassador for Prince Charles' charity, The Prince's Trust, recently spoke about her close bond with the royal family and her relationship with the Duchess of Sussex. "I think right from the moment that relationship was revealed she has conducted herself with incredible self-restraint, elegance, discipline and simplicity and humanity. I was an admirer. It's an incredibly difficult life to lead, talk about pressure. I think she is doing it with great elegance," she said.
The actress also mentioned that Prince Harry called her 'granny' after watching the critically acclaimed 2006 movie 'The Queen'. She said: "Prince Charles is very, very tactful. Harry and William have mentioned it to me and have been very funny and very cool about it. I think Harry was at an awards ceremony and he said 'Granny is here'."