Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance on CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute and celebrated the heroes who helped others amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Duchess of Sussex said in her heartfelt introduction that “In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I am inspired by stories of compassion in our communities.”
“Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together to support the collective well-being of those around them,” she added. The 39-year-old actress noted that COVID-19 changed everything overnight.
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“For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with a heartbreaking question: ‘How am I going to put food on the table for my family?'” Markle said. “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.”
Markle noted that the moments of love and humanity in 2020 that “reminded so many that they are 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,” Markle concluded. “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 OK.”
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