Prince Harry and Meghan Markle supporters have raised £11,750 for charity in just days in honour of their son Archie Mountbatten Windsor’s first birthday.
Fans of Meghan, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, are marking the celebration on 6 May with the hashtag #ArchieDay on social media.
Officially launching the campaign yesterday, they urged others to share donations with charities to help vulnerable children impacted by coronavirus in countries which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold dear to their hearts, including Canada, America and South Africa.
As the chosen charities across the world were flooded with donations, several took to social media to say they felt ‘honoured’ to have been chosen to be part of the online campaign.
Followers of Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, have raised over £11,750 for charity in just days to mark Archie’s first birthday
Launching the campaign officially yesterday, fan account @Archie_day urged others to help ‘celebrate Archie’s birthday with a global party’, before listing a series of charities selected for the ‘desire to help children.’
Among the three charities chosen by the group was the Nourish Eco Village in South Africa, where Prince Harry and Meghan performed their final royal tour in November.
The charity provides food to children from impoverished families in rural communities that rely on schools to get a meal daily.
Posting on Instagram, the group said they had chosen the South African organisation because ‘it is the country in which Archie had his first official royal engagement’ and mark ‘giving back to a country that welcomed him so warmly and brought us so many happy memories.’
Supporters of the Sussexes have been urging others to share donations with three selected charities in Canada, America and South Africa (pictured, Archie with Prince Harry in December)
The charity quickly responded to donations, with £4,845 rasied for the organisation in mere days.
Posting on Twitter, they wrote: ‘A big thank you for #SussexSquad! We are so honoured to be chosen as a charity to be supported!
‘We currently teach over 420 vulnerable Community members weekly and ever $ allows us to continue all our Nourish projects and keep growing resilient Communities.’
Meanwhile other charities involved also revealed they had been flooded by donations.
The three charities involved in the campaign took to Twitter to thank Prince Harry and Meghan’s supporters for the donations
Canadian charity Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, which was chosen because ‘Canada has always been central to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s love story and relationship’, also tweeted about the success of the campaign.
They wrote: ‘Thank you to the #SussexSquad and everyone supporting Boys & Girls Clubs for #ArchieDay! Your support will allow Clubs to provide critical care packages for families, arrange childcare for essential workers, provide mental health services, and respond to other emergency needs.’
Fans were also directed to the organisation Children’s Aid, which helps children living in poverty in America to honour the Duchess’ home country.
The charity took to Twitter, writing: ‘Thank you #SussexSquad for supporting our “Coronavirus Relief for NYC’s Children and Families” #ArchieDay fundraiser. Your support can provide COVID-19 testing and treatment options, PPE for health care workers, food boxes for hungry families, and more.’
It follows a campaign last year by the group ahead of baby Archie’s birth to raise money for some of the Duchess’ patronages and favourite charities
Launching the campaign yesterday, fan account @Archie_Day shared an image which read: ‘Motivated by the pure joy of Archie’s arrival and the very serious circumstances of our time, we introduce a campaign to honour his first birthday and to promote the principles we hold dear. Community, kindness and compassion.’
The image, which was shared by multiple fan accounts on social media as they launched the coordinated campaign read: ‘Before COVID-19 became an ominous presence in our lives, a group of us got together ot organise a fundraising campaign to honour the principles emphasized by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their humanitarian efforts: community, kindness, and compassion for vulnerable people and ecologies.’
It went on to explain that the group hoped to build on the success of previous fundraising efforts, including last year’s #GlobalSussexBabyShower, which was launched by a Meghan fan account, called for users to celebrate Mother’s Day by donating to some of the Duchess’ favourite charities and patronages.
The campaign was launched yesterday to mark Archie’s first birthday on May 6, encouraging followers to donate to a series of charities to celebrate the day
The message went on: ‘It is in that spirit, we kick off the #ArchieDay fundraiser in benefit of vulnerable children affected by the coronavirus epidemic.
‘We are all in this together. We will get through this together. We would love your support.’
Unlike previous campaigns, the group are not raising funds for any British charities or any of the couple’s royal patronages.
Fans selected charities across South Africa, America and Canada to mark the significance of each country in the couple’s life (pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan visiting Canada House in January)
The campaign’s launch comes a week after Prince Harry and Meghan stepped back officially from royal duty.
The Duke and Duchess are currently isolating themselves at a secluded mansion in a private gated community with baby Archie after moving from Vancouver Island, Canada, earlier this month.
It is thought that the couple are continuing to look for their forever home in the affluent area of Malibu.