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Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry encourage donations in lieu of baby gifts, fans deliver

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Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry encourage donations in lieu of baby gifts, fans deliver

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a royal baby on the way, but that doesn’t mean they want to be showered with presents. Instead, they’ve encouraged friends and fans to make donations.

And already, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s request has paid off.

A week after the expectant parents suggested that those who wish to celebrate their upcoming bundle of joy give to charities for children and parents in need, fans have followed through.

According to the official @sussexroyal Instagram account, Meghan and Harry’s supporters have made it so 100,000 hot meals can go to South African children through Lunchbox Fund, plenty more quality baby kits can be available via Little Village, an additional 300 hours of specialist care by a nurse for a child with health needs can be provided by Well Child and 5,000 children’s products including cribs and diapers can be dispersed by Baby2Baby.

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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.

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The royals appear to have made an impact on the wellness of thousands of other children, before theirs is even born.

After giving birth, will the couple continue these efforts? Chances are good, since Meghan was outspoken on several reproductive health issues long before meeting and marrying Prince Harry.

More: How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can take the pressure off women who’ve just had a baby

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