Dan Tyrell responded to a call to his apartment at the Sierra Bonita building in West Hollywood this morning and headed downstairs to unlock the gate. When he opened it to receive meals from Project Angel Food for himself and his neighbor, Becky Lincoln, he thought the volunteers doing the delivery looked a bit familiar.
“They were both nice and very down-to earth people,” Tyrell said. “They had masks on, and they were dressed down with jeans, but very nice jeans.”
“I thought that tall red-headed guy looked pretty familiar, and that girl was very pretty. Then I saw the large black SUVs with the security guards behind them.”
It was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “If they had given me the heads up, I would have worn my tiara!” Tyrell joked.
Harry and Meghan took to West Hollywood this morning to distribute meals for Project Angel Food, the non-profit charity. Project Angel Food cooks, prepares, and delivers meals to people living with critical illnesses including HIV/AIDs, cancer, kidney failure, diabetes and congestive heart disease. More than 62% of those clients are 60 and older and have compromised immune systems, which place them at greater risk, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PAF has kept delivering during the COVID-19 pandemic, although it has faced some challenges with increased demand for meals, cancellations by some volunteers, and the postponement of some fundraisers. The City of West Hollywood has helped fund its effort, and the organization is accepting donations in any amount at www.angelfood.org/covid19.
Richard Ayoub, Project Angel Food’s executive director, said he was delighted at Harry and Meghan’s offer to help, which he hadn’t intended to make public.
“They wanted to help us relieve some of the drivers from their workload,” he said. “So they made deliveries in West Hollywood today. It’s really, really amazing. We loved having them and they are the most down-to-earth people.”
In January of this year, Harry and Meghan announced their intention to step back as senior members of the British royal family and split their time between the United Kingdom and North America. They recently have been spending a lot of time in and around Los Angeles, apparently trying to decide what next to do with their lives. What they did today, Tyrell said, made him and Becky Lincoln, who is dealing with Type 1 diabetes, especially happy. “Good things do happen in times of crisis!”