The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have thanked the public for donating money to charity in lieu of baby gifts ahead of their impending family arrival.
Last week, the couple – who are expecting their first child any day – asked if, instead of presents, whether contributions could be made to a select four charities that they have personal connections with – Baby2Baby, Well Child, Little Village and The Lunchbox Fund. They shared individual Instagram posts focusing on each respective organisation, explaining their work and goals.
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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.
Seven days on, the couple have broken down the impact that the donations have had on each of the charities via Instagram.
“Their royal highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made,” read a statement. “YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have a made a real difference.
“Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much.”
The Duke and Duchess announced last week that they plan to keep details around the birth private. The couple will celebrate ‘privately’ with family, before the news is released to the press. Unlike the Duchess of Cambridge and Diana, Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex will not pose for immediate post-baby pictures, deciding to wait a few days after the birth instead.
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