Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Thank Fans for 'Special Surprise' Charitable Campaign in Honor of Their Child
By Paige Gawley
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are sending their royal thanks to their fans!
On Friday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new, record-breaking Instagram account shared pics of charitable work, days after a Twitter user, identified by Good Morning Americaas Elle Harris, came up with a campaign she called #GlobalSussexBabyShower.
In her tweets, Harris encouraged fans of the royals to celebrate the U.K.'s Mother's Day as well as the impending arrival of Harry and Meghan's child, by donating to causes that the royal couple support. The campaign encouraged monetary donations to be given to WellChild, which helps seriously ill kids, CAMFED, which works for education for girls in Africa, and Mayhew, an animal welfare charity.
OK all you amazing, warm-hearted & generous people: You completely floored us today when you started sending your support & donations in response to @freepeeper's #GlobalSussexBabyShower campaign. You've made our year! Now we need to get some sleep. 🙃 Know that we ❤ you. X pic.twitter.com/CEr2jev3Oi
Harry and Meghan learned of the campaign and praised the thoughtfulness of the gesture on Instagram, confirming to their followers that they're requesting charitable donations in lieu of baby gifts for Baby Sussex. In addition to a photo of the duke and duchess' visit to a Moroccan boarding house, the account shared pics from the charities they support.
"What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday!" a caption on Harry and Meghan's Instagram account reads. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child."
"In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need," the caption continued. "If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks."
The post went on to promote Harry and Meghan's chosen charities. In addition to WellChild, the duke and duchess also named The Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals to schoolchildren in need, Little Village HQ, which collects clothes, toys and kits for children, and Baby2Baby, which provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and other necessities.
"The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️," the post concluded.