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Meghan & Harry Spend Time With Military Families in San Diego

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have stopped by Camp Pendleton ahead of Veterans Day.

According to their Archewell Foundation, the couple “spent the morning with veteran and active duty service members and their loved ones” at the base in San Diego, California.

Part of their visit included stopping by “Operation Bigs” which is a first-of-its kind mentoring program for the children of military families, including active duty, veteran and Gold Star families.

The group discussed how the mentorship has supported their goals, as well as created a community where children can share their experiences and challenges of having a parent (or parents) in the military.

As explained on the Archewell website, the program was founded back in 2004 and to date, has helped more than 3,000 Navy and Marine Corps children.

 

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Following their visit to Camp Pendleton, the Duke and Duchess headed to the Navy SEAL Foundation’s unveiling of a new 20,000-square-foot fitness facility, also in San Diego, where veterans can rebuild from injuries and trauma through physical and mental support.

Speaking at the opening, former SEAL Tony Duynstee  said: “We’re thrilled that the Duke and Duchess are here, it’s quite an honour for them to be here for the commissioning. They’ve proven through the Archewell Foundation their commitment to Veteran causes, domestically and internationally. Specifically they’ve really de-stigmatised mental health issues for those who have gone through military service and they’ve done that with courage and just great validation to have them here.”

Both Harry and Meghan have shown their support for military families in the past. Harry of course served two tours on the front line in Afghanistan, and in 2014, he founded the Invictus Games, where injured, wounded or sick service personnel are brought together through sport. The Duke and Duchess were both in attendance at the recent Games in Dusseldorf.

(Feature Image Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.com)

 

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, the author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and the founder of CelebrityKind.