The Duchess of Sussex has written personal messages of empowerment and support for vulnerable sex workers on a series of bananas to be delivered to them on the streets.
The Duchess, who visited a charity which helps women break free from sex work, homelessness and addiction, resolved to send a personal, handwritten message to those in need.
During a tour of the kitchen at One25, a charity in Bristol, she was seized with inspiration, asking for a felt tipped pen to draw hearts and notes, including the words: “You are strong”, “You are loved”, “You are brave”, “You are special”.
The fruit, which is part of a food parcel for sex workers, was due to be delivered by van, along with blankets, condoms, hot water bottles and advice from the charity’s experts, to women on the streets.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the charity during a day-long outing to a snowy Bristol, in which they delivered a series of heartfelt messages on subjects form the arts to mental health and grief.
At One25, who had asked for the visit to be kept a secret until after the royal couple had left to protect the vulnerable women, they met volunteers, donors, service users and were given a tour of an outreach van which tours the red light district five nights a week.
In the kitchen,as they were shown the food bags being prepared, the Duchess said: “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. On each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation, to make the kids feel really, like, empowered. It was the most incredible idea – this small gesture.”
Declaring “I am in charge of the banana messaging!”, she wrote a series of short phrases and decorated the fruit with hearts.
It is not the first time the duchess has used bananas to send a message.