‘You made this happen’: Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry thank fans for donations to their favourite charities

By Zach Harper

Just over a week ago, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harryencouraged their fans to donate to four charities of their choice instead of sending them gifts for Baby Sussex. They asked well-wishers to send money, if they were able, to The Lunchbox Fund, Little Village, WellChild and Baby2Baby. The response was clearly overwhelming, since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to thank their fans on Monday (April 15).

“YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference,” the post reads.

It lets readers know that thanks to their donations, The Lunchbox Fund will be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 meals to children in South Africa, while Little Village has increased its monthly donors and received “a surge” in volunteer applications. The post also says WellChild is now able to provide more than 300 hours of specialist care to childen with serious health needs in the UK, “allowing families to stay together at home” instead of seeking hospital care. Finally, it says Baby2Baby has received more than 5,000 products to give to children in need in the Los Angeles area, “including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers” and more.

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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.

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The Lunchbox Fund works in South Africa, providing school meals to children who are at risk of going hungry. London-based Little Village provides babies and children from newborn to age 5 with clothes, toys and more. WellChild helps children and youth in the UK who are living with severe illnesses or complicated health needs. Los Angeles-based Baby2Baby distributes essentials to children up to age 12 who live in poverty.

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Harry and Meghan were prompted to ask their fans to make donations after a “virtual baby shower” raised nearly $35,000 for Meghan’s favourite charities on UK Mother’s Day (March 31). The groups that received money through #GlobalSussexBabyShower were UK animal charity Mayhew, WellChild and the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), which works to improve the education of women and girls in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Of course, the duke and duchess are well known for their charitable work, especially with children, and are expecting their first child any day now. Baby Sussex is incredibly lucky to have such caring parents!

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