Meghan Markle has been hailed as a ‘true humanitarian’ by a charity that she worked with around the world.
The bride-to-be, 36, was praised by global relief charity World Vision, who said she would bring ‘vast energy’ to her future work as a member of the royal family.
The comments came after it was announced Miss Markle is giving up her current charitable commitments, including her work with World Vision, to focus on her new life as a royal with a ‘clean slate’.
‘True Humanitarian’: Meghan Markle was praised by charity World Vision, whom she worked with in Rwanda, in January last year, pictured
Committed: The charity said Meghan would bring ‘vast energy’ to her work as a royal
Fresh start: Meghan, pictured in Rwanda with World Vision, is giving up all charity commitments
New role: Meghan will adopt new charities once she becomes a member of the royal family
Meghan’s ‘warm’ nature is captured in charity video
Meghan Markle’s warm-hearted nature and her desire to make a difference are clear to see in this video footage filmed during her charity missions.
The future royal bride, who is marrying Prince Harry next May, travelled to Rwanda with World Vision Canada in 2016.
The American actress is shown dancing with youngsters, perfecting some ‘really solid Rwandan dance moves’.
She also crouches down to talk to children, gives them hugs, and gets stuck in by helping to drill a borehole to provide clean water.
‘I do think that it’s these tiny acts of generosity or grace or even just understanding that allow us to really make a difference on a much larger level,’ Ms Markle says.
In the footage, when she hears how one girl called Florence has dropped out of school because she has to walk for hours a day to collect dirty water, which is also making her sick, a caring Ms Markle, who is listening intently, tells the youngster: ‘I’m so sorry.’
Ms Markle is seen helping to turn a manual drilling rig to make one of the new wells. She adds that the new boreholes are ensuring girls can now go to school rather than spending their time travelling to collect water instead.
‘It’s not just about clean drinking water – what it’s doing for education, what it’s doing for keeping these kids in school, what it’s doing for them not having medical bills,’ she says.
‘Every single piece of it is so interconnected and I think how this one life source is the source for all of it, that’s been my biggest take away from today. I’m really grateful for that.’
An animated Ms Markle adds: ‘Wait, also I really liked my dance lessons. I’ve got some really solid Rwandan dance moves – wait for it, wait for it.’
Ms Markle became a World Vision Global Ambassador after heading to Rwanda with the organisation in February 2016 when she saw the impact of clean water on the lives of children and communities in Africa.
In January this year, she travelled to Delhi and Mumbai with the charity, which is a global relief, development and advocacy charity.
World Vision’s Lara Dewar, who travelled to India with Ms Markle earlier this year, thanked the actress for her support and praised her passion for improving children’s lives and campaigning for girls’ rights.
‘Meghan is a true humanitarian,’ the chief marketing and development officer said. ‘We´re deeply grateful for her contribution as a global ambassador for World Vision over the past two years and for helping to raise awareness for the world´s most vulnerable children.
Natural: Those who worked with Meghan in Rwanda said she had a close bond with the children
The former Suits star looked delighted as she learnt more about World Vision’s work in Rwanda
‘I personally witnessed Meghan’s passion to improve the lives of children, and know her heart to advocate for the rights of girls – to hear and amplify their important voices.
‘She will undoubtedly bring vast energy to her charity work as a member of the royal family. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her and Prince Harry – a couple who clearly have a heart for social justice.’
Behind the scenes, the actress has been described as ‘warm and good-humoured’ and, like Harry, a natural with children.
Personal touch: Meghan ‘really, really gets on with children’, one World Vision worker said
The actress became a global ambassador for the brand following the Rwanda trip, pictured
‘She really, really gets on with children and is connected to the children. She has a brightness and a warmth,’ one source said.
‘The charity work really struck a chord with her.’
Kensington Palace said on Tuesday that the American star would become a British citizen, and also would be focusing on her new life, rather than past charities.
Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf said: ‘She has made the decision that she wants to start with a clean slate and focus on the UK, and getting to know this country, and travelling around the Commonwealth.’
It could be that Ms Markle decides to become royal patron of World Vision at a later date, but nothing has yet been confirmed.