What Meghan Markle Said in Surprise CNN Appearance

Meghan Markle told how we "saw the good in people" during the pandemic in a surprise speech for CNN.

The Duchess of Sussex talked of neighbors helping hungry children and the "power of the human spirit."

The guest appearance was her first since the publication of an essay revealing she had suffered a miscarriage for The New York Times.

Meghan told the annual CNN Heroes TV special: "In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I'm inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities.

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visits Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. She told CNN "we saw the good in people" during the coronavirus pandemic. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty

"Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them.

"Back in March, the COVID-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight everything seemed to change.

"For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with the heartbreaking question: 'How am I going to put food on the table for my family?'

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex honors the people working to feed those in need during the pandemic on CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. Get Involved: https://t.co/MkgzSomt7H pic.twitter.com/jnPzPtmBGx

— CNN Heroes (@CNNHeroes) December 14, 2020

"But 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.

"We saw the good in people, in our neighbours and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbors went hungry."

Meghan and husband Prince Harry volunteered themselves, helping Los Angeles charity Project Angel Food in April while they were staying at Tyler Perry's mansion.

Then in August they left their Santa Barbara home to hand out care packages at Dr. Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School, in South Los Angeles, for good cause Baby2Baby.

Meghan told CNN: "When kids lunch programs came to a halt we saw our neighbours make sure that those children got the nutrition they need.

"And when those who were immunocompromised or most vulnerable couldn't leave their homes, we as a community showed up to deliver the food to their doorsteps.

"We know the value of food as nourishment, as a life source.

"And in the moments of crisis, the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug—especially in the absence of human contact due to the social distancing we're all experiencing."

She added: "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. They nourished their neighbors in more ways than one.

"And 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."