The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her second child on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. The couple were quickly inundated with messages from well-wishers from all over the world, including from the other royals. The widespread support prompted Harry and Meghan to suggest that any supporters who wanted to send gifts to them could instead donate to organisations helping women, including Girls Inc and CAMFED.
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 organisations 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 is a US-based non-profit organisation that aims to “inspire and empower” girls aged five to 18 through various programmes.
Harvest Home also supports homeless pregnant women and their babies, while the Myna Mahila Foundation provides jobs for women in India.
And CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) aims to improve girls’ education in Africa.
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.”
Harry and Meghan also posted a message of thanks on their Archewell website after they announced the birth of their daughter.
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William and Kate’s official Twitter account posted a message that said: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.
“Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”
Charles and Camilla’s account also welcomed “baby Lilibet Diana”, before adding: “Wishing them all well at this special time.”
The Queen’s official Twitter account shared an image from Harry and Meghan’s wedding day and mentioned that the baby was the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild.
An earlier statement from a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman also said: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.”
Despite Harry and Meghan quitting their roles as senior working royals last year, the baby still has a place in the line of succession.
She is eighth in line to the throne, coming after her older brother Archie, who is seventh, and before Prince Andrew, who has dropped to ninth.
Lilibet is also a first cousin of Kate and William’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
She is also a fifth grandchild for Charles, but will grow up in the US, thousands of miles away from the Royal Family.