The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told their 4.1million followers they do not want gifts to celebrate their imminent royal baby, and instead have chosen four charities to benefit from fans’ goodwill. Sharing a sweet snap of the couple cosying up together on a recent trip to Morocco, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new social media account suggested charities fans could support instead of lavishing them with gifts. Today they announced the first of the four specially selected charities. The Lunchbox Fund, which provides school meals to poverty-stricken children in Africa, is the first to benefit.
With a post directing avid followers to the charity and a photo, a caption was also added that read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so grateful for the well wishes in anticipation of their first born. Today we introduce you to one of four charities the couple has asked that you consider supporting in lieu of sending gifts.”
The charity is a nod to the Commonwealth.
The post added: “As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are committed to supporting the children and communities of the 53 commonwealth countries around the world.
“For those members of the public who have graciously asked to send baby gifts for the couple’s upcoming arrival, they ask that instead, you consider lending your support to @thelunchboxfund or the other 3 charities through the links in our bio.
“Thank you for your kindness!”
The couple have shared just six posts since the account – called @sussexroyal – was created three days ago.
With an emblem of an ‘M’ and a crown over the top of it, a navy blue background featured the words: “Official Instagram for their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The account broke records immediately after it was created, with it gathering a million followers in 45 minutes.
The account came a year after 37-year-old Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Harry this month, deleted her own one and her defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig.
The pair are following Princess Eugenie, the National Theatre, Well Child, the London Marathon, Clarence House and Kensington Palace to name a few.
It is expected the three other charities will be announced over the coming days.
News of the couple’s joint Instagram account came after a relationship expect revealed the mother-to-be will be “terrified” by motherhood and the pressure of doing everything right.
Sheela Mackintosh-Stewart told Express.co.uk: “Like most new mums, Meghan will be overjoyed but also terrified by the mammoth responsibility of raising a child.
“She may question if she is up to the task of motherhood and whether she’ll be able to maintain a sense of self and still take care of herself.”
The relationship expert explained that a part of the tensions Meghan will feel also come from the “pressure for perfection”, enhanced in the case of the Duchess by the fact that she is constantly under the eye of the media.