Meghan Markle and Harry's touching gesture to other girls after birth of daughter Lili

By Mirror | 3 months ago
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Courtesy)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked well-wishers to support organisations helping women and girls rather than send them gifts following the birth of their daughter.

Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.

The royal couple said she was "more than we could have ever imagined" as they announced their happy news on Sunday afternoon.

Her name Lilibet is a touching nod to her great-grandmother the Queen, who was affectionately called the nickname by her family.

The royal couple has now decided to spread the love, by urging fans across the globe to donate to poignant charities rather than sending them gifts.

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!"

The couple has listed a series of charities they would like well-wishers to support.

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.

Harry and Meghan revealed they were expecting a girl in March during their tell-all 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.

A statement published on their Archewell website today reads: "On June 4, 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."

They have also confirmed that their family is now complete as they do not intend to have any further children.

Speaking during his bombshell Oprah interview, Prince Harry said: “To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, what more can you ask for. We’ve got our family—the four of us and our two dogs.”


Oprah added: “Done?” and Meghan responded, “Done. Two is it.”

It's been a traumatic period for the royal couple, after the former Suits actress opened up about suffering a miscarriage.

Meghan has been widely praised for writing about her trauma, in which she described the devastating day.

In a piece titled 'The Losses We Share' for the New York Times, she wrote: "It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib.

"After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right.

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