Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urge Social Bite to launch across UK
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The Royal reportedly asked Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thompson, the co-founders of Social Bite, “when are you bringing this down south?” after the pair had explained how homeless people struggle to find employment without an address.
Prince harry added that it would be beneficial to roll out the model across the UK stating “When you’ve proved it really works, it needs to be across the UK as soon as possible.”
The cafe in the Capital, which encouraged customers to pay it forward was a location on the Royal visit to Edinburgh yesterday.
Despite being asked, Mr Litteljohn said that while they were willing to share what they knew with other organisations, there priority was ending homelessness in Scotland first, but would consider opening down south.
He said: “If we can make real inroads, there’s no reason we can’t pass that on down south.”
Harry and Ms Markle spoke with the organisation’s volunteers, customers and also staff who have been affected by homelessness, with Meghan stating that she wanted to work at Social Bite because it seemed ‘fun’
The couple met those who use and work with the organisation as hundreds waited outside to catch a glimpse of the pair.
Sonny Murray, 38, was homeless for two years and rough sleeping for four months told The Herald that working for Social Bite had helped him to turn his life around and told the Royal couple he urged homeless people to get involved with the organisation.
He described the Royals as a “really lovely couple” who “sat and spoke away to us” about their backgrounds.
Social Flow has been visited by a number of high-profile stars in the past with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Duchess of Cornwall and George Clooney all visiting the cafe on Rose Street.
Yesterday, hundreds lined the streets to see Harry and Meghan as they made their first visit north of the border.