This morning, Meghan and Harry visited Edes House in Chichester, where they viewed the only other parchment manuscript of America’s Declaration of Independence. Afterwards, they celebrated the opening of Chichester University’s Technology Park in Bognor Regis.
To end the trip, Harry and Meghan visited Brighton, making an important stop at the Survivors’ Network, a charity for victims of sexual abuse and violence. As an advocate of the Time’s Up movement, Meghan has often placed women at the center of her work.
Speaking to the BBC about the royal support, the Director of Survivors’ Network, Jay Breslaw, said that Harry and Meghan’s visit had created “a mood of real jubilation in the office.” Importantly, Breslaw said that Harry and Meghan’s recognition of the organization’s work is of “huge importance to us as a small charity in Sussex, and particularly in this time when funding is difficult [and] funds are being cut.”
The charity’s website says they aim to “reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors’ lives,” and that “there is no fixed time for recovery.” Meghan and Harry’s support of the charity speaks volumes about the causes that the royals hope to lift up in their ongoing work together.
At her appearance at the Royal Foundation Forum back in February 2018, Meghan showed her admiration for the Time’s Up movement, and encouraged women to support one another, and to lend their voices to empowering causes. Judging by Meghan’s first visit to Sussex, it seems as though she is taking her work very seriously, and hopes to support women and sexual assault victims in the United Kingdom in her new role as the Duchess of Sussex.