Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's coffee with The Big Issue

18 May 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's coffee with The Big Issue

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's coffee with The Big Issue

A royally heart-warming story about Harry, Meghan and George. 

There is nothing like a cuppa and a bite to eat to bring people together.

In the throes of wedding planning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a coffee and a chat with Big Issue vendor George.

The couple dropped in on Social Bite, the social enterprise cafe in Edinburgh, which employs and trains homeless people in hospitality – and The Big Issue was there to make their lunch break extra-special!

The sat in a booth to meet with several staff members, including George whose regular pitch selling the UK version of the magazine is nearby.

“They asked what I do, and were interested to find out about my experience of homelessness,” says George.

“It was great, Meghan was very down-to-earth and talkative,” he says. “She was sat directly opposite me and said it was her first time in Scotland, but she looked the part in her tartancoat. She had a black coffee. My friend Sonny managed to pick up her coffee cup as a souvenir but I didn’t get any mementos!”

George who has been selling The Big Issue for four years, was invited to the royal appointment by Social Bite founder Josh Littlejohn because he’s such a loyal customer. “Josh asked me if I would do it as I am a regular at Social Bite, I stop in every day for a coffee and a roll.”

The royal newlyweds are both activists and campaigners. Prince Harry has long supported armed forces charities and veterans organisations, as well as mental health and homelessness charities – as a child he was taken to visit youth homelessness charity Centrepoint in London privately several times by his mother, Princess Diana. And Meghan has long been an activist, working for organisations including the UN Women’s Political Participation and Leadership Programme.

Courtesy of Big Issue UK