‘Meghan Markle never stepped foot inside the shabby Canadian women’s refuge that she has been praised for visiting, DailyMail.com has learned.
Nor did she actually meet with any of the 500 at-risk women who use the Downtown Eastside Center in one of Canada‘s poorest areas.
Instead the Duchess of Sussex went to the Vancouver organization’s administrative offices in a former hotel building, where she met only with members of staff, acting executive director Kate Gibson told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
Logistics for the visit to the center itself would have been too difficult, Gibson explained. For one thing the center only allows in ‘women and those who self-identify as women’ so Royal Protection Officers would have had to stay outside, she said.
‘It would have been a way bigger deal for her to have actually met our clients in a trip to the center,’ she added.’
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