Baby Sussex Isn’t Even Born Yet, but Has Already Raised Thousands for Charity

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child is still in utero, but Baby Sussex has already made an impact on charities across the U.K.

Over the weekend, royal fans everywhere showed that some good can be done on social media when they started a virtual baby shower to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of Baby Sussex. Twitter user @FreePeeper kicked things off by encouraging fellow well-wishers to join in donating to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s favorite charities in honor of Mother’s Day in the U.K.

And donate they did. Donations came flooding in to charities like CAMFED, which helps young girls pull themselves out of poverty through education, The Mayhew Animal Home, which focuses on animal welfare, and WellChild, which provides free and low-cost health care to seriously ill children. As you’ll remember, the duke and duchess have made visits to each one of these organizations in the last year, and Markle was even named patron of Mayhew.

CAMFED reportedly experienced a 456 percent increase in donations over the last month, seeing nearly $12,000 come in thanks to the initiative. Mayhew received upward of $5,000 and thanked do-gooders for their generosity with a photo of a dog.

But don’t worry, Prince Harry’s charities weren’t left out. Fans also gave to Sentebale, which is the Duke of Sussex’s organization supporting young people in Lesotho and parts of Southern Africa, and the Invictus Games. The prince started the games in 2014 to support and celebrate those injured or wounded in the armed forces and it was at the 2016 Toronto games that he and Markle made their first public appearance together.

The organization penned a note of gratitude for all the donations that poured in thanks to the Global Sussex Baby Shower.

Fans also donated to One25, a Bristol, England–based foundation that aims to help sex workers stay safe. (Remember when Markle wrote kind messages on bananas to the women?)

Thousands of dollars donated and innumerable lives changed? We’d say Baby Sussex is off to a great start.


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