Meghan Markle and Prince Harry today thanked fans for donating to their favourite charitable causes. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote online: “Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. “Their royal highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have a made a real difference. “Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much.”
But many royal fans who received a notification about their new post were hoping Meghan and Harry had an update about their first child, which is expected to be born this month.
One person commented on the picture: “Who else saw the notification and rushed over to see if this was a royal birth announcement?”
Another person said: “I nearly had a heart attack, I thought it was the baby announcement.
“My poor nerves can’t handle this.”
The Instagram post has received more than 100,000 likes in less than an hour.
Meghan and Harry’s post also revealed which charities will benefit from the donations.
The post said: “Lunchbox Fund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa.
“Little Village received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers.
“Well Child can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital.
“Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy.”
But royal fans may not find out any details about the birth of the royal baby for a while, as Kensington Palace also announced this week the royal couple will be keeping the birth private.
A statement from the palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby.
“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.
“The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
But Instagram may be the first way fans find out the name and gender of the baby, which could be why they recently set up their own account.
Richard Fitzwilliams said to the Sun Online: “There will be a huge demand for photos and it may well be no coincidence that they have just opened an Instagram account. The birth of Baby Sussex will be a global event.