The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ask those ‘inquiring’ about sending presents to consider sending some money to or learning about the work of one of the charities close to their hearts.
AceShowbiz -Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex have asked for donations to women’s charities instead of gifts for their baby girl.
The British royals welcomed Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor into the world on Friday, June 4, and in response to those “inquiring” about sending presents for the newborn, they’ve asked them to consider sending some money to or learning about the work of one of the charities close to their hearts.
At the bottom of their message of thanks, posted on their Archewell Foundation website, the couple wrote, “For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organisations working for women and girls: Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED and the Myna Mahila Foundation.”
Harry and Meghan have previously personally donated $130,000 (£119,453) to African girl’s education charity CAMFED.
They chose to gift the money to celebrate their birthdays last year (20), with Harry turning 36 in September and Meghan celebrating her 39th birthday the previous month.
What’s more, the charity raised an additional $129,000 (£118,541) on behalf of the couple.
Confirming their new arrival, the couple said in a statement, “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”
Harry and Meghan – who also have Archie, two, together – named their little one after the former’s late mother Princess Diana and his grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
A spokesperson for the couple added in a statement, “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
The Duke and Duchess admitted their daughter is “more than they could have ever imagined”.
A statement from the couple, posted on their website, read, “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
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