Meghan Markle had tea at a women’s center in a down-trodden neighborhood in Vancouver on Tuesday, in one of her first public appearances since her and Prince Harry announced their “Megxit” from the royal family.
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre posted a Facebook photo of their staff posing with the duchess after Markle’s visit Tuesday.
“Look who we had tea with today!” they wrote. “The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community.”
The center provides meals, counseling and advocacy for women in the community, according to their website.
They note on the site that their neighborhood, the Downtown Eastside of the city, “is well-known within Vancouver and even across Canada for its disproportionate levels of poverty and extreme marginalization.”
Markle hasn’t made a public statement since she and her husband Prince Harry announced in a surprise Instagram post that they intended to “step back” form their senior roles in the Royal Family.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” they wrote in the Jan. 8 statement.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they added.