Duke and Duchess of Sussex recommended four charities fans could support instead of sending presents

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared an affectionate photo of them together on their new joint Instagram as they asked fans to stop sending gifts for their new baby and donate to charity instead. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recommended charities which fans could support instead of buying presents for their first child, who is due in the next few weeks. 

In the second post on their new account, which was launched on Tuesday and already has four million followers, the couple said they were ‘immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child’. 


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared their first romantic photo on their joint Instagram account (above) and asked fans to stop sending gifts for their first baby and to donate to charity instead

But they added: ‘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.’

The pair recommended four charities which fans could support: the Lunchbox Fund, which works to provide a daily meal for impoverished children in South Africa; Little Village HQ, which provides clothes for children under five; WellChild, which tries to get ill children out of hospital and back home; and Baby2Baby, which tries to provide necessities for children up to 12 years old.

According to a list of official gifts presented to the royal family in 2018, Harry and Meghan’s new baby has already received more than 90 soft toys, 19 teddy bears, a pair of wellies and 15 baby vests. 

Baby milestone cards were also among the gifts, as well as hats and dungarees. 

Last month, some other favourite charities of the royal couple were inundated with donations after Twitter campaign #GlobalSussexBabyShower encouraged fans to support Meghan’s causes.  

Fans of Meghan, 37, celebrated the upcoming birth of Baby Sussex with the hashtag and asked one another to share donations or other items with charities associated with the Duchess of Sussex.

Charities including the Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, and CAMFED, which works to educate girls in rural Africa, were among those that received donations from the campaign.


Baby2Baby tries to provide necessities for children up to 12 years old who are living in poverty in the United States

 

After the Twitter campaign took off CAMFED posted on social media to say they were ‘floored’ by the response to the campaign, writing: ‘You made our year!’

Harry and Meghan recently went for some relaxation time ahead of their child’s arrival by going on a lavish three-night £33,000 ‘babymoon’ at a five-star Hampshire hotel.

The couple stayed at the five-star Heckfield Place hotel in Hook, Hampshire, which is an 18th-century Georgian mansion and a favourite among celebrities. 

They booked out the most expensive apartment, which for £10,000-a-night boasts its own dining room and private terraces. 

In November last year, Harry and Meghan announced that they will be moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, despite their 21-bedroom apartment in Kensington Palace recently being renovated for £1.4million.

It was previously thought they would take a spacious main apartment inside the palace in preparation for the imminent arrival of their baby.     

The Queen has gifted Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage, which will also need to undergo ‘major building work’ and a multi-million pound revamp to transform it from staff accommodation to a family home.

On Friday, the Royal family hit back at claims that the monarch had ‘banned’ the Duchess of Sussex from wearing some of the priceless items from her own private collection.     

A palace insider had reportedly claimed priceless items from Her Majesty’s private collection, which are loaned at her discretion, ‘would not be made available to Meghan.’

But a Buckingham Palace insider rubbished the claims, telling MailOnline that the Queen still lends her jewellery to the Duchess of Sussex – including the headpiece she wore at her wedding in May.

Meghan also wore a pair of pearl earrings gifted to her by the Queen during her first joint engagement with the monarch last June.

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