After welcoming their second child, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked well-wishers to make a donation to one of three selected women’s charities in her name rather than sending gifts.
“On June 4th,” the couple wrote, “we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex went on to ask that, in lieu of presents being sent for her, people should make a donation to women’s charities.
They singled out four organisations in particular: Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED and Myna Mahila Foundation.
Girls Inc is a US-based non-profit organisation which aims to” inspire and empower” girls aged five to 18 with an array of educational and creative initiatives and Harvest Home is a charity that finds accommodation for homeless single mums.
CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) aims to improve education for young girls across Africa, while the Myna Mahila Foundation seeks to improve the lot of young girls in India.
In response to the couple’s announcement, the official CAMFED account tweeted: “We’re thrilled for your family & you can rest assured we’re here to make the world a better place for all of us, by supporting girls to learn, thrive and lead.’
The Royal Family also congratulated the couple, with a statement from a Buckingham Palace that read: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.”
While Harry and Meghan intend to take a break to bond with their new baby daughter, Archewell’s charitable and educational activities are expected to continue.
“While the Duke and Duchess are on parental leave,” said a message on their site “Archewell will continue to do important work and publish stories on the site. We look forward to seeing you!”
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Meanwhile, a press spokesperson for the Rule and Duchess said that mother and baby were “healthy and well, and settling in at home”.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, author Angela Levin said that naming the new arrival after Her Majesty the Queen's childhood nickname was "rude and demeaning" and said in her view the Queen wouldn't have taken it as a compliment.
However that view is not shared by several other royal experts, nor the official Palace spokesperson, with an insider claiming Harry specifically phoned up Her Majesty to get her blessing.
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