Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (and even Baby Sussex!) are saying thanks.
Just one week after the royal couple named four charities to consider donating to in lieu of sending baby gifts, they’re updating fans of their enormous effect – even before their son or daughter has arrived!
“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 a made a real difference,” according to Monday’s post on Meghan and Harry’s new Instagram account, @SussexRoyal.
“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,” a photo of the couple clapping during their March visit to Canada House in London for a Commonwealth Day event was captioned.
According to the post, the influx of donations will allow The Lunchbox Fund to provide at least 100,000 additional hot and healthy meals to South African children, while WellChild can now provide over 300 extra hours of specialist nurse care for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home as opposed to in a hospital.
Little Village increased their number of monthly donors and saw a spike in volunteer interest in addition to receiving donations from around the world, from Hong Kong to the U.S. And Baby2Baby – an organization which provides young children living in poverty with basic necessities such as diapers (and based in Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles!) – received over 5,000 products including cribs, books and backpacks as well as monetary donations to disperse to those in need.
“You made this happen. Thank you,” Meghan and Harry’s Instagram post concludes.
The post was liked by David Beckham, who recently caught up with Prince Harry and Prince William at the premiere of Netflix documentary Our Planet, and Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney commented with applause emoji, mirroring the snap.
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Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, shared their choices of charities after #GlobalSussexBabyShower – started by Twitter user @freepeeper – began trending among supporters of the couple. The first charities picked for donations included Camfed, the Mayhew and WellChild. But it widened as others gave to organizations like Sentebale, Harry’s charity for young people in Lesotho and parts of Southern Africa, and One25, which the couple visited in Bristol in February.
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Although the royal parents-to-be are keeping their baby plans private – they will not follow in William and Kate Middleton‘s footsteps by posing on the steps of a hospital to reveal their newborn, though fans can expect photos of the trio on the grounds of Windsor Castle to be taken a few days following the birth – a clue to when the baby will arrive came Monday.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall announced that they will visit Germany on May 7 for a three-day tour. Since Charles and Camilla are expected to be nearby when Meghan and Prince Harry’s first child is born, it can be assumed that Baby Sussex will be born prior to their May 7 trip.