Some People Think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Preschool Visit Broke the Rules: ‘Shame on Both of You’

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex paid a visit to a preschool to chat with the students and plant a garden, resulting in sweet images of the couple digging in the dirt with the children. Critics took aim, however, at the way the couple broke the rules by being at the school, with many parents claiming that, due to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can’t step foot inside their own child’s school.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart Canada House on January 07, 2020
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle planted Princess Diana’s favorite flower

During an Aug. 31 visit to L.A.’s Preschool Learning Center, located a few blocks from the Immaculate Heart High School that Meghan attended, the Sussexes helped plant a garden that included Princess Diana’s favorite flowers.

The Forget-Me-Not seeds were planted in the preschool’s garden in memory of the anniversary of Diana’s tragic death. Prince Harry and Meghan also helped the children with planting other flowers and vegetables in the garden, including squash, tomatoes, and sweet peas.

During their time volunteering at the preschool, Prince Harry and Meghan also read gardening related stories to the children.

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Photos showed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interacting with the preschoolers

The Assistance League of Los Angeles posted photos from Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit, showing the couple digging in the dirt, watering flowers, and talking with the children while wearing masks.

“The children of our Preschool Learning Center got a wonderful surprise when The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited yesterday!,” the caption noted.

The organization shared, “In addition to helping the children replant the Preschool Learning Center’s garden, they spent time with them, sharing their appreciation for nature and helping to instill the importance of healthy eating. We truly appreciate their time and care for our students.”

The Assistance League also reposted an Instagram post from Oprah Winfrey’s account, noting, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are helping keep Princess Diana’s memory alive, even from their new home state of California. This week the couple spent the morning reading and gardening alongside young students at Preschool Learning Center in Los Angeles. They even planted Princess Diana’s favorite flowers, forget-me-nots, in the garden.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s critics weren’t impressed

The pictures provided a peek into Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit with the young students, but not everyone was impressed with the way the rules didn’t seem to apply for their volunteer day.

One vocal critic commented on the Instagram post, “Why were they even there when other parents can’t be? Mothers and fathers couldn’t even walk their babies to school while some wanna be American stars waltz in like they own the place.”

“Parents were robbed of the joys of first days of school. They were robbed of comforting crying children as they parted from each other. You went and did something in honor of your mother for children who have no idea who she was while breaking rules that were set up for safety. Shame on both of you,” they added.

Another commenter confirmed, “Where I live, parents are not allowed to visit schools and volunteer due to Covid.”

“Do you have an official statement on why they were allowed to come in contact with the kids when nobody — not even their parents — are allowed inside?,” another person asked.

Others, however, praised the couple for their community outreach. “This is such a good thing to do. It is great to volunteer, love their work,” one person commented. “I love that Harry and Meghan are helping. Ignore the trolls on the page, they need prayers, something is wrong with them.”