As the world awaits the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s first child, the royal couple has one royal request: donate!
Instead of showering the royal couple’s little prince or princess to-be with opulent gifts this modern and philanthropic couple has decided to mark the occasion of welcoming the newest member of the royal family into the world by helping others.
In lieu of a regular baby shower the Duke and Duchess of Sussex created the #GlobalSussexBabyShower hashtag campaign on sussexroyal, the official Instagram account of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to help raise awareness about charities that are near and dear to the royal couple’s heart.
An instagram post highlighting the couple’s baby shower campaign read, “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 organizations they’ve selected, which include: The Lunchbox Fund, Little Village HQ, WellChild and baby2baby.”
As a result, millions of people from around the world can now virtually donate to the royal couple’s favorite charities via an app called, “InLieu.”
After downloading the app, you can learn more about the royal couple’s favorite charities and donate to the charity of your choice in just a few easy clicks.
To help make your decision of where to donate too a little bit easier, below is more information about each of the royal couple’s favorite charities and how you can help families in need.
The Lunchbox Fund
By donating to The Lunchbox Fund you can help up to 26,000 vulnerable and food-insecure children in South Africa by providing them with hot nutritionally fortified meals. These meals help encourage children to attend school and enable them to concentrate and learn while they are there, according the charity’s website.
Little Village HQ
As for those interested in donating to the Little Village, you can help families in need by providing clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. So far local families have donated the bulk of items to other families who have been referred to the charity via a network of partners.
In regards to donating to WellChild you can help over 100,000 children and young people that are living with serious illnesses or exceptional health needs across the UK. “Many spend months, even years in the hospital because there is no support enabling them to leave,” according to the charity’s website. As a result, the charity’s vision is for every child and young person living with serious health needs to have the best chance to thrive – properly supported at home with their families.
Lastly, by donating to baby2baby you can help provide children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years old, with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.
By asking members of the public to donate to these causes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to stand firm in incorporating philanthropic work into everything that they do, including celebrating the birth of their first child.
As Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales instilled in him at a young age, philanthropic work and giving back to others is not only important but necessary.
The same can be said for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex who has utilized her new platform to continue to advocate for women’s rights and the rights of those in need.
Now you too can donate to the charities that matter most to the royal couple and join in the fun of celebrating the upcoming birth of the royal baby by making a difference in the lives of those in need. ■