Harry and Meghan call for donations to charity instead of gifts for baby

Prince Harry and Meghan asked for royal fans to donate to charity instead of sending gifts for their first child. Source: Instagram/ sussexroyal

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have warmed the hearts of many across the world as they called for royal fans to donate to charity instead of sending presents for their first child.

Prince Harry and Meghan took to social media this week asking followers to consider helping those in need in the lead up to their baby’s arrival.

Sharing a beautiful picture of themselves looking incredibly in love, the royal couple said they are “immensely grateful” for the public’s support throughout Meghan’s pregnancy and would love for people to extend their generosity to those less fortunate.

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What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! 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. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby 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 ❤️

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A post on the couple’s newly launched Instagram page read: “What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! 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.”

It continued by explaining how Meghan and Harry would love for the public to support a number of their favourite organisations which help children and families facing hardships.

“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 post added.

“If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days.”

It concluded: “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.”

Royal fans have since commended the couple for their thoughtfulness and thanked them for helping those in need.

“You two are a breath of fresh air – may your lives be blessed with as happy a marriage and family as I have,” one person commented.

“A great example of what kindness can do and is more powerful than the latter,” another wrote.

While a third added: “You are both very loved and respected in the U.S.! Wishing you joy and good health as you await your baby!”

The couple’s post comes just days after the launch of their personal Instagram account Sussex Royal which focuses primarily on their work as part of the royal family.

Harry and Meghan have taken the opportunity to share a number of unseen snaps of themselves, including a collection from their romantic trip to Botswana in August 2017 which took place just three months before their engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace.

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The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Photo credit: PA, Image 1

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The young royals also revealed previously unknown details of their trip and the conservation work they undertook in a lengthy caption, which was shared alongside the series of photographs.

The first image shows Harry hugging an environmental worker, while another shows the duke chatting with a group of young children. A third photo shows the duke and duchess working together to put a special satellite collar on an elephant, followed by a short video of the elephant getting back on its feet.

Read more: Harry and Meghan release series of unseen snaps from romantic African getaway

“As president of @africanparksnetwork, the Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world,” the post read.

“Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger.”

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