Meghan Markle and Prince Harry call on well-wishers to donate to charity in honour of Lili

Prince Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their baby girl on Friday at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. They announced the news on their Archewell website, saying they were “blessed” by the newborn.

On their website, Meghan and Harry said those who wanted to send gifts to the parents should instead support or learn more about four women’s charities.

The Sussexes suggested Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED and the Myna Mahila Foundation.

Each charity focuses on specific areas of women’s lives from poverty to pregnancy and have previous links with Meghan.

Meghan and Harry also announced on their website they are “on parental leave” after welcoming the newborn.

CAMFED says on its website it is a ”pan-African movement revolutionizing how girls’ education is delivered”, and provides education to girls in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.

Harvest Home works to provide housing, support and equipment to homeless pregnant women and their children.

It has helped more than 540 families in 30 years.

Girls Inc teaches girls aged five to 18 to value themselves and be strong as they move into the world.

The Myna Mahila Foundation build’s women’s networks, improves menstrual hygiene and employs women in India.

The Sussex royals had previous links to some of the charities listed, or have been vocal about similar causes.

Meghan visited Suhani Jalota, founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, in 2016 at Glamour’s 2016 College Women of the Year Awards luncheon.

Writing for Glamour magazine, Ms Jalota said the Duchess asked after the event to visit Mumbai to see the work she carries out.

The founder added: “The Meghan I know is grounded and loves to get her hands dirty.

“The Meghan I know is true to herself, and true to the causes she cares about.”

Lilibet is named after Queen Elizabeth II, using Prince Philip’s nickname for Her Majesty, and Princess Diana.

In a statement posted to Archewell, Meghan and Harry said: “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.”

Buckingham Palace also welcomed the news, saying: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

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