What better way to welcome Baby Sussex into the world than by helping others.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle thanked fans on Instagram Monday after people made donations to numerous charities instead of buying them baby gifts.
The royals posted a heartfelt message via their team, which included: “Their royal highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference.”
“Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much.”
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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.
Their statement comes after Markle fans gathered together and made #GlobalSussexBabyShower a viral sensation. The Twitter campaign raised funds and awareness for the charities that meant the most to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The savvy idea came from the Twitter account @freepeeper (Elle Harris).
The campaign that will run for all of April has already seen thousands of dollars being donated to women’s education charity Camfed, Mayhew animal rescue and children’s charity WellChild. All foundations that Markle supports.
A Kensington Palace aide said they had taken notice of the generosity, telling Harper’s Baazar, “The charities have all been in touch to share the news with Kensington Palace, who are hugely warmed by the fundraising efforts. It’s an incredibly thoughtful way to mark a special occasion.”
According to the magazine, Camfed received over $18,500 to help women in the rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa with empowerment and education. Half of those donations coming from the United States and a quarter from the United Kingdom.
Mayhew animal rescue also noticed a increase. “We’ve received over £4,100 [$5,373] in donations so far, which will make a huge difference to our efforts to improve the health and welfare of the animals both in our care and in the communities where we work, be it in London or overseas,” CEO Caroline Yates said.
After the Duchess first visited Mayhew back in January and snuggled a Jack Russell named Minnie who was up for adoption, hardly 24 hours had passed before the pup had a new home.
Other fans have used the opportunity to give back to any charities they saw fit. Some suggested people could instead donate things like diapers and menstrual products as they can be very pricey.
“I do hope that we can all be more positive online, and I include myself in that,” Harris told Harper’s Bazaar. “I think we’d all benefit from a kinder online and real world.”
If you want to donate to a cause that the Duchess of Sussex support, links are found above. Let the countdown to Baby Sussex begin!