Meghan Markle reaches out to Althea Bernstein after seeing news of alleged hate crime
MADISON, Wis. — As Althea Bernstein’s story of her alleged attack by a group of White men is shared across the country, it has caught the attention of Meghan Markle.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County President and CEO Michael Johnson, who has been acting as a spokesperson for Bernstein, said Markle reached out to him to connect with Bernstein.
The three talked on the phone for about 40 minutes Saturday afternoon, Johnson said.
“Her and Meghan talked about the importance of self care and allowing herself to heal. And she applauded her for the way that she responded and pretty much said ‘Hey Michael, give me her cellphone number. I want to stay in touch. And let me know when you want me to come back and talk to people in Wisconsin,'” said Johnson.
He said Bernstein was moved to tears by the conversation, especially after a tough last 24 hours.
“She’s struggling. It’s a challenge for her, it’s very, very emotional. I talked to her three or four times today, and I’ll tell you Meghan lifted her spirits,” said Johnson.
He said Markle also encouraged Bernstein to stay off social media to avoid reading negative comments, and they spoke about faith and formed a connection talking about being bi-racial.
Johnson said Prince Harry also joined the call for about 10 minutes.
Johnson also said he was impressed with what Markle had to say and she sounded “almost like a seasoned high school counselor.”
“As I heard her, I thought ‘She has to talk to more kids,’ and I’m thankful she agreed to do it,” he said.
He said Markle has agreed to appear on a virtual town hall to speak with Wisconsin’s youth. He hopes that will be scheduled in the next few weeks.
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