I waited over one hour in the Trader Joe’s line in Manhattan a month ago. While the fresh fruit and vegetables were plentiful, the freezer aisles were completely bare. Canned goods – gone. Long life milk – forget it. People were panic buying and as you waited with your green basket in a line that swirled around the entire perimeter of the store, you’d find yourself wondering if your tummy grumbles might ever work up an appetite for over-salted American chips or the Trader Joe’s version of a Reese’s butter cup.
It was a grim experience, to put it nicely. Today I woke up to read new LA residents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry actually shop at Trader Joe’s too. “Harry says moving to L.A. has been liberating,” a source told Us Weekly overnight. “They order from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and they don’t have a chef right now, so Meghan often cooks.” To think Markle would endure the same experience – and buy the same Truffle pizza – is mind-bending on this Thursday. (Yes, it’s alarming what is actually considered news during this time, but here we are.)
While there is not one thing wrong with ordering from Trader Joe’s, it seems a big tumble back to reality for (former) royalty and the Emilia Wickstead emerald showstealer Markle wore during her final royal engagements. The Duke of Sussex jumped on a video call with parents and medical workers associated with WellChild, a UK organisation providing care to seriously ill children and young people. During the call, he talked a little bit about how his own family was faring with this new life of staying inside.
“There’s a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time – so much family time – that you almost think, Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?” he said, according to People. “You’ve got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there’s going to be something that you have to deal with, and there’s no way you can run away from it.”
Wherever they shop is actually irrelevant – and we have to hand it to them. This week, the couple were dressed down and were quietly delivering meals to those in need around Los Angeles, in partnership with Project Angel Food.
“In honour of the Easter holiday, the Duke and Duchess spent Sunday morning volunteering with Project Angel Food by delivering meals to our clients,” the charity said in a statement via Instagram. “And on Wednesday they quietly continued delivering meals to relieve our overworked drivers. It was their way to thank our volunteers, chefs, and staff who have been working tirelessly since the COVID-19 crisis began.”