As they take their parental leave to care for baby Lilibet Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that well-wishers learn and donate to four organizations in lieu of gifts

By Stephanie Petit
June 07, 2021 02:33 PM
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want to welcome their daughter to the world by helping others.

In the announcement of Lilibet Diana's birth shared Sunday on their Archewell Foundation website, the couple asked that well-wishers make a donation to an organization that supports women rather than send gifts.

"For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organizations working for women and girls," they said before providing links to Girls Inc., Harvest HomeCAMFED and the Myna Mahila Foundation.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex often use their family's milestones to promote worthy causes. The New Zealand-based social enterprise Make Give Live revealed on social media last month that Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, donated 200 beanies to the I Got Your Back Pack (IGYBP) initiative as a gift in honor of their son Archie's second birthday.

The announcement added: "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!"

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie
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While Lili arrived on Friday, the couple waited two days to share the new publicly.

"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world," they said in a statement.

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"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home," the statement continued. "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."

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"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."