Meghan Markle invests in ‘super mushroom latte’ millennial start-up business

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Meghan Markle is backing a latte company founded by a woman who hopes to share the magic of stress-relieving mushrooms with the world.

Oprah Winfrey spilled the beans about the Duchess of Sussex’ "super-latte" latest business move on Instagram on Sunday.

Sharing a snap of a basket her friend M gave her, Oprah thanked Californian coffee company Clevrblends for a "basket of deliciousness."

After the post, Meghan released a statement confirming her involvement in the company and said she got involved to "support a passionate female entrepreneur."

Clevrblends sells four type of latte, with bags of powdered oat-milk lattes costing $28 (£20.93), reports CornwallLive.

Ingredients for the brews include mushrooms and adaptogens, which have been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions.

In a statement, Meghan Markle said: "This investment is in support of a passionate female entrepreneur who prioritises building community alongside her business.

"I’m proud to invest in Hannah’s commitment to sourcing ethical ingredients and creating a product that I personally love and has a holistic approach to wellness.

"I believe in her and I believe in her company."

The brand is run by Hannah Mendoza, has six staff and is based in Santa Barbara, California, where Meghan and the Duke of Sussex now live.

It is understood Meghan contacted Ms Mendoza herself after tasting the lattes as she wanted to learn more about her firm.

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Meghan then invested in the company and is working with Mendoza to provide financial support, mentorship and a shared vision for the product.

Speaking about her new partnership with Meghan, Ms Mendoza said: "Entrepreneurs need funding, but they also need advisers who care deeply about what they are building.

"I’m grateful to have found both in the Duchess of Sussex – her passion for what we’re creating is palpable, and I couldn’t imagine a more aligned partnership. We’re excited for the road ahead."

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On the website, Ms Mendoza writes: "We traveled the California coast, mixing up adaptogenic lattes and mushrooms coffees out the back of a van. It was awesome

"Our drinks made people feel amazing – but were hard to re-create at home.

"We needed an easier way to bring these magical elixirs to people's daily rituals…so we hit the kitchen!

"We set out on a mission to create the most delicious, nutrition-rich instant latte on the planet."

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