Meghan Markle's inspirational banana messages branded 'offensive' by sex worker

Meghan Markle's inspirational messages she wrote on bananas during a visit to a charity in Bristol, have been branded 'offensive' by one recipient, according to The Sun.

During the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's trip to Bristol, they stopped at One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.

The project provides women with practical and emotional support, including expert advice and crisis care to hot showers and lunch.

While meeting volunteers and preparing the food packages, Meghan came up with the idea to write positive messages on the bananas, such as 'You are brave,' 'You are strong,' and 'You are loved.'

One sex worker reportedly branded the move "really stupid," and told The Sun: "People out here struggle to eat and sleep and she gifts us some words on a piece of fruit.

"She has the means to help us more than that. It's offensive, you know."

But another thought the gesture was "sweet": "It's so cold right now, it's a struggle to raise money to get a bed for the night, so any food and bedding is a big help.

"I think it's great Meghan is supporting them. It is really sweet."

One25 CEO Anna Smith told BAZAAR.com it was a moment she will never forget.

"That really touched me—and I'm not even a royalist," Smith says.

"She was just watching the food being packed up and suddenly decided she wanted to write these beautiful messages on every banana they had there.

"She had clearly listened and heard what we are all about—that we don't judge, we simply offer the service and unconditional love. She totally got it."

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Seven year old Aziah Selassie waits to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as the royal couple visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to with Iestyn Jones and Sarah Lucey during a visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were presented with boxing gloves during a visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex line up for a photograph during a visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duke of Sussex during his visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duchess of Sussex during her visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
Seven year old Aziah Selassie meets the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as the royal couple visit to the charity Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, which uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
The Duchess of Sussex helps put together food parcels to go in the charity outreach van and prepares personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchen during her visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak with with staff and volunteers inside the One25 charity outreach van during their visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.
Messages written on fruit by the Duchess of Sussex when she was helping to prepare food parcels to go in the charity outreach van during her visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
Bristol Old Vic during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave following a visit to Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, where the charity uses boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic in Bristol, UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with with Artistic Director Tom Morris, (right) during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with with Artistic Director Tom Morris, (right) during a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration.
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The Duchess took inspiration from a canteen manager in the States, who wrote affirmations on bananas to make school children feel empowered.

Meghan said: "I thought it was the most incredible idea – this small gesture."

Yahoo Style UK spoke to graphologist Tracey Trussell, who analysed Meghan's handwriting.

She said: "It's clear that Meghan's heart is in the right place, and her intention was purely to be inspirational and motivational in a straightforward, realistic and helpful way.

"But equally, from the sex worker's point of view, I can see that it could be interpreted as brash and insensitive.

"Writing in capital letters ensures the message is legible, so whilst Meghan makes her point clearly, from a graphological perspective, it's like 'shouting on paper', or in this instance, shouting on bananas! So Meghan's message is forthright, bold and clear, but could be seen as offensive, and even controlling, if it's taken the wrong way."

The Duke and Duchess also visited Bristol's Old Vic and Empire Fighting Chance, a charity which aims to fight the impact of deprivation on young people's lives through boxing.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo
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