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Meghan Markle sends snacks to moms pushing for safe gun laws: ‘Like a mom…thank you so much!’

Meghan Markle has stepped into a heated national gun control debate by sending a letter of support and snacks to volunteers from Moms Demand Action, which advocates for stricter gun safety laws.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said on Twitter on Wednesday that the organization had recently received a letter of support signed by “Meghan, Duchess of Sussex” and a set of “delicious and expensive” snacks.

Following the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, Moms Demand Action volunteers and staff “worked around the clock for weeks,” Watts said on Twitter. She added that “It was touching to receive such support – and snacks! today from the Duchess of Sussex.” Watts also shared a photo of a note from Meghan that included a logo with a capital “M” and a crown.

Watts posted another tweet saying that the appetizers included “doughnuts, work bagels, coffee, cookies, etc… Tasty and valuable.”

In her note, Meghan wrote: “Good afternoon ladies! Many thanks to each of you and your fearless leader Shannon for the work you are doing to keep our children, families and communities safe.”

Meghan, mother of 3-year-old son Archie and 1-year-old daughter Lilibet, continued: “Please know that while you may feel weary of the endless hours devoted to this case, I hope you feel energized knowing that work what you are doing is vital and so deeply appreciated. As a mother, as a friend, thank you very much!”

On May 14, 10 blacks were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo. Ten days later, a gunman shot and killed 19 fourth grade students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The suspects in both cases were 18-year-old boys.

According to a June 15 press release from Moms Demand Action, the shooting prompted the organization to use the momentum of national horror over the violence and step up its operations. “Our volunteers are making progress in saving lives in states and cities across the country,” Watts said in a statement. “In just the last few weeks, our volunteers have helped push historic legislation through state houses, city halls and school boards – and we’re only getting stronger.”

Moms Demand Action’s offer of support isn’t the first time the California-based Duchess has voiced her concerns about gun violence in America.

Before Meghan traveled to the UK in early June with Prince Harry for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, she made a trip to Uvalde to honor the victims of the shooting. She was seen laying white flowers with a purple ribbon at a memorial near the Uwalde County Courthouse. She also knelt and bowed her head on the cross for the 10-year sacrifice of Ouzia Garcia.

Representatives for the American Duchess said she made the trip privately “like a mother” and her supporters said she was not trying to draw attention to herself, only offering help to volunteers at a local crisis center. But her critics accused her of trying to use the tragedy as a photo op, saying she made a gesture of condolence at a public memorial where news photographers took pictures.

Meghan’s donation to Moms Demand Action is likely to spark further debate about the former TV actor taking sides on a controversial political issue. As a senior working member of the British royal family, she was expected to always be publicly neutral on any political issue, whether in the UK or the US.

However, since she and Harry left royal life and moved to California, both have spoken more about politics, including urging people to vote in the 2020 election and Meghan speaking out in support of paid family leave.

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