Duchess Meghan’s bonus baby shower has warmed hearts and helped lots of deserving people too.
- Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced their pregnancy in October 2018
- Baby Sussex is thought to be due in April 2019
- Meghan had her first baby shower in New York City
- Duchess Meghan is on maternity leave awaiting the birth of the royal baby
Duchess Meghan popped off on maternity leave last month ahead of the birth of the royal baby who she says is due in “April or May”. It’s expected that April is more like it and there’s still much speculation about exactly where this baby will be born – the traditional St Mary’s Lindo Wing or closer to the couple’s future new home (which is still being renovated) in Windsor.
While Meg had a very glamorous baby shower in New York last month, this weekend all eyes were on another baby shower being held in honour of the Duchess and Baby Sussex.
This shower was not an official event, but rather a charitable campaign run across social media by royal fans.
“Fans of the Duchess raised more than £20,000 for Meghan’s favourite charities as part of a virtual baby shower held on Mothering Sunday, encouraging others to donate and use the hashtag #GlobalSussexBabyShower to spread the word,” Hello! magazine explains. That’s more than AUD $40,000, in case you were struggling to do the sums.
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A charitable bonanza
Charities which benefited from this philanthropic push in the Sussex name included WellChild, an organisation which supports seriously ill children, Camfed, an organisation which helps girls in Africa access education, and Mayhew, the animal welfare charity where Meghan was seen cuddling puppies a couple of months ago.
“We’re kicking off a GLOBAL fundraiser on Sunday, 31st of March in honour of #BabySussex and the compassion and altruism of The #DukeandDuchessofSussex,” a tweet launching the campaign read. “We’ve selected 3 charities to benefit in this effort. Tweet your donations and include … #GlobalSussexBabyShower”.
We're incredibly touched by the generosity of everyone who joined the #GlobalSussexBabyShower this weekend! THANK YOU to everyone who donated and showed their support, you are amazing! ??? pic.twitter.com/vLxZJ6wscp
— Mayhew (@themayhew) April 1, 2019
A growing movement
Royal fan Elle Harris – who tweets under the handle Baby Sussex’s Au Pair / @freepeeper – is being reported as the person who started the campaign. She told Good Morning America the idea came to her because “Twitter can be a pretty negative space. I hoped the hashtag would promote kindness in our little corner of the internet.”
It certainly did, and in fact, Elle’s initiative was so popular that she has extended it to scoop up some other worthy charities the royals support.
“This week we’re going to spread the
#GlobalSussexBabyShower love to 3 more inspired organizations,” she tweeted. “SmartWorksHQ – who support women returning to the workforce WeAreInvictus – who support wounded military veterans One25Charity – who help women get off the streets.”
“I’m hoping that the amazing organizations supported and represented by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex get the exposure and resources they need to carry out their missions. I’d want The Duke and Duchess to know that there are many people out there are inspired by their examples, who support them, and who are so happy for the impending addition to their family,” Elle said.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meg were spotted off duty at Ilapothecary, apparently stocking up on natural products ahead of their very big day. Look how cute and NORMAL they look! #naw
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Mummy and Daddy Sussex ?? Oh how I have missed these two! On Friday, Harry and Meghan were spotted leaving Ilapothecary in Kensington. @ilapothecary sells infused with natural ingredients and herbs. It’s is sooo good to see casual Meg again. Fashion updates coming shortly but @meghansmirrorblog is reporting that she is wearing a JCrew and the ‘Mummy’ necklace she received at her baby shower.