Sussex Family Thanks Fans for Charity Donations in Lieu of Gifts
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have addressed their future baby for the very first time through an Instagram page where they thanked their fans and followers for supporting charities.
It has already become a tradition for members of the Royal Family to ask fans to make charity donations instead of sending them gifts, and this time was no different.
In the post, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also went into detail and explained how people's good will has made a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
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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.
ALWAYS THINKING OF OTHERS
According to the Royals, it doesn't matter how people contribute to make the world a better place, as long as they play their part.
Harry and Meghan wrote:
“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."
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so grateful for the well wishes in anticipation of their first born. Today we introduce you to one of four charities the couple has asked that you consider supporting in lieu of sending gifts. Please meet The Lunchbox Fund:@thelunchboxfund provides a nutritious daily school meal to children in South Africa who would otherwise go hungry. Since its inception, @thelunchboxfund has provided over 20 million meals to school children in need. This meal encourages children to attend school and enables them to better concentrate and maximise their learning potential. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are committed to supporting the children and communities of the 53 commonwealth countries around the world. For those members of the public who have graciously asked to send baby gifts for the couple’s upcoming arrival, they ask that instead, you consider lending your support to @thelunchboxfund or the other 3 charities we will be sharing on our page Thank you for your kindness! Photos courtesy of: @thelunchboxfund
The results of all the support received by the charities, such as The Lunchbox Fund, Little Village, Well Child and Baby2Baby, were then displayed on the post as proof that each donation matters.
Even though they are very close to becoming parents for the first time, the Duke and Duchess still revealed how much they care for others, a trait that has been shown+ in the past.
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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 ❤️
In fact, Princes William and Harry have always tried to do everything they could to help those in need, a quality they inherited from their mother, the beloved Princess Diana, who passed away back in 1997.
It doesn't matter how people contribute to make the world a better place, as long as they play their part
The Duke of Cambridge first visited The @PassageCharity as a child in 1993 with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and has made additional visits at various points over the last twenty-five years. pic.twitter.com/XCHqccfRSf— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 13, 2019
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
The Royals are not afraid to get their hands dirty, especially if it means improving someone's life in any possible way. William, for example, was seen serving food to the homeless in February.
The father-of-three was announced as the Royal Patron of The Passage, one of the largest charity organizations in the UK, which he first visited in 1993 with Diana.
The Duke of Cambridge has visited a homeless charity hours after being named as patron. Prince William first visited The Passage, in London, with Princess Diana in 1993 and has returned a number of times in the decades since. #PrinceWilliam #Royals pic.twitter.com/S5UfxNRR5i— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) February 13, 2019
William was caught on video chopping vegetables and handing out plates of spaghetti bolognese to homeless people, always with a warm smile on his face and showing his good manners.