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Harry and Meghan ask for donations to women’s groups rather than baby gifts

Harry and Meghan ask for donations to women's groups rather than baby gifts
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child on Friday (Pictures: Getty/Rex)

Harry and Meghan have asked well-wishers to donate to women’s charities rather than send them gifts following the birth of their daughter.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California on Friday.

A post on the couple’s Archewell Foundation website said: ‘For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organizations working for women and girls: Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation.

‘While the Duke and Duchess are on parental leave, Archewell will continue to do important work and publish stories on the site. We look forward to seeing you!’

Girls Inc, a US-based non-profit organisation, aims to ‘inspire and empower’ girls aged five to 18 through various programmes, while Harvest Home supports homeless pregnant women and their babies.

CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) aims to improve girls’ education in Africa, while the Myna Mahila Foundation provides jobs for women in India.

Responding to the couple’s announcement, CAMFED 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.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by PPE/SIPA/Shutterstock (10424762d) Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit's the mothers2mothers (m2m) charity which trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline health workers across eight African nations on the 3rd day of the visit to South Africa. Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit to Africa - 25 Sep 2019
The couple asked well-wishers to support women’s groups (Pictures: PPE/SIPA/Shutterstock)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greet wellwishers on a walkabout as they arrive for an engagement at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017 which is hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Nottingham in their first set of engagements together since announcing their engagement. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting a girl in March (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting a girl in March during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and the first to be born since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch.

The Royal Family congratulated the couple, with a statement from a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman saying: ‘The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.’

Mother and baby are ‘healthy and well, and settling in at home’, the Sussexes’ press secretary said.

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