Meghan Markle Looks Totally Casual in Never-Before-Seen Photo of Her Volunteering

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Long before her role as a royal, Meghan Markle liked to keep things casual. The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, continued their tradition of highlighting charity organizations on their Sussex Royal Instagram account this month, giving a special shout out to 12 different organizations. 

One such organization, the St. Felix Centre in Toronto, Canada, which helps the local homeless population, is a favorite of the duchess' from her pre-royal life. 

After Meghan and Harry featured the St. Felix Centre on Instagram, the organization took to their own social media account to share a never-before-seen photo of the former Suits star volunteering with them. In the photo taken in a kitchen, the 38-year-old duchess is wearing a gray down coat and baseball hat pulled low over her face. 

The St. Felix Centre confirmed to ET that the image was taken several years ago while Meghan was filming Suits in Toronto.

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We feel very grateful and honoured to have been highlighted by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, as one of 12 charities doing important work worldwide. 🙏🏻 This photo has Meghan volunteering in our kitchen! ❤ . The couple said: “With the festive holiday season upon us, it’s also a reminder to reflect on those in need – those who may feel lonely, hungry, homeless, or may be experiencing the holidays for the first time without loved ones. It’s an important time of year to help those around you who may be less fortunate, or who would appreciate even the smallest act of kindness. Continuing our monthly tradition of highlighting accounts that do good, and inspired by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” - we have selected twelve organisations caring for those in need - especially at this time of year.” . Meghan Markle was an active supporter and volunteer of St. Felix Centre during her time living in the city while working on Suits. She volunteered on a regular basis in our kitchen as part of our Community Meals Program. The Duchess also donated food from the set of Suits, and on one Thanksgiving she brought in all the food, turkeys and the fixings for over 100 people. . Through our Twitter account we responded to the announcement: “Thank you! Many people here have fond memories of Duchess Meghan volunteering with us – though we remember her just as 'the lovely Meghan'. We're happy to see she continues supporting vulnerable people now as a member of the Royal Family. We'd love for her to visit us again one day.” . Thousands of people have responded to the call to visit our social media platforms, many of them urging people to make a donation to our Lighting the Way Christmas campaign. . Many vulnerable people in our Toronto need your support! If you are planning your holiday giving, please consider making a donation to our Lighting the Way campaign - link in our bio. Your support can make all the difference! . #Toronto #stfelixcentre #homeless #charity #harryandmeghan #sussexroyal #meghanmarkle #volunteer #lovetoronto #blogto #curiocitytoronto #hypetoronto #libertyvillage #queenwest #toreats #tdot #6ixgrams #torontolife #igerstoronto

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"Meghan Markle was an active supporter and volunteer of St. Felix Centre during her time living in the city while working on Suits," the Instagram caption read. "She volunteered on a regular basis in our kitchen as part of our Community Meals Program. The Duchess also donated food from the set of Suits, and on one Thanksgiving she brought in all the food, turkeys and the fixings for over 100 people."

The organization also praised the new mom, adding, "Many people here have fond memories of Duchess Meghan volunteering with us – though we remember her just as 'the lovely Meghan'. We're happy to see she continues supporting vulnerable people now as a member of the royal family. We'd love for her to visit us again one day.”

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With the festive holiday season upon us, it’s also a reminder to reflect on those in need – those who may feel lonely, hungry, homeless, or may be experiencing the holidays for the first time without loved ones. It’s an important time of year to help those around you who may be less fortunate, or who would appreciate even the smallest act of kindness. Continuing our monthly tradition of highlighting accounts that do good, and inspired by the “Twelve Days of Christmas” - we have selected twelve organisations caring for those in need - especially at this time of year. There are, thankfully, so many organisations around the world doing good on global and grassroots levels, many of which are not on Instagram. Check out the accounts we have chosen and please share those in your own communities that are making a difference. We would love to hear about the ones that inspire you - so please tell us and add your country’s flag! Images used are from the accounts we are now following.

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This isn't the first time Meghan has championed one of her pre-royal causes. In October, she led a gender equality discussion between The Queen's Commonwealth Trust and One Young World -- a youth leadership organization she supported prior to becoming Harry's wife. She also wished Americans a Happy Veteran's Day last month by sharing some photos of herself from a 2014 USO tour. 

Meghan, Harry and baby Archie are currently taking some much-needed time out of the spotlight. The family spent Thanksgiving in America with Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, and are planning to also celebrate Christmas without other members of the royal family. 

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