Meghan Markle Spoke Spanish During A Volunteer Visit To An L.A. Charity That Taught Her How To Make Tamales Twenty Years AGo
Meghan Markle is impressive no doubt about it.
On top of studying French for six years, the Duchess of Sussex completed an internship at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires while attending Northwestern University. There, according to the royal family’s website, she learned to speak Spanish.
It turns out, recently the Royal put her Spanish skills to the test during a visit to a charity organization in Los Angeles.
On June 23 Markle surprised people at Homeboy Industries when she put her Spanish skills to good use.
While working with the organization which supports people moving on after incarceration or gang involvement, Markle and her husband Prince Harry, baked goods alongside group members while learning about their backgrounds. According to People, “To the surprise of the room, Meghan, 38, also began speaking in Spanish with one of the participants.”
“She spoke Spanish perfectly with one young woman,” the group’s founder, Father Greg Boyle, told People in an interview. “She just went right into Spanish, which was a revelation — and it was very good.”
According to Boyle, Meghan and Harry “were completely engaged and very informal” during their volunteer visit. Boyle added that soon after George Floyd’s death, the Duchess of Sussex called him to arrange a visit to volunteer with Homeboy Industries.
“She didn’t want to have a long-table discussion or presentation or even a tour,” Boyle explained. “They knew we pivoted our organization to help address food insecurity in the county and that was intriguing to her, so she said, ‘We want to come and put an apron on,’ and that’s what they did. It was quite wonderful.”
While preparing croissants and baked goods, the couple wore masks and connected with the community.
According to a source that spoke to People it’s not her first time working with Boyle, who has worked at times with her alma mater (Immaculate Heart High School). Years ago, Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland, joined Boyle for a cooking workshop, and Marke “remembers the tamale recipe she learned there to this day.”
According to Boyle, “We were joking about that and she said, ‘I don’t even think Harry even had a tamale before!”