The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a donation of $ 130,000 to an African girls’ education organization to mark their most recent birthdays, it has been revealed.
Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, pledged the money to CAMFED, which supports girls’ education across the continent, saying there is no better way to celebrate what really matters.
The pair made the donation yesterday after fans calling themselves the Sussex Squad launched a fundraiser in honor of Harry and Meghan’s birthdays on September 15 and August 4, respectively.
The campaign raised $ 129,000, and Harry and Meghan responded by matching the donations with their own $ 1
Charitable donations are deductible in both the United States and the United Kingdom. CAMFED is registered in both countries.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex donated a $ 130,000 donation to a girls’ education organization to mark their most recent birthdays, it has been revealed. The picture paired in Cape Town last year
In a message tweeted by the charity (pictured), the couple said: ‘No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thanks to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan ‘
The couple has a long-standing relationship with CAMFED, which is a partner in the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Harry and Meghan serve as president and vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and were allowed to retain their positions after retiring from official royal duties this year.
Prince Harry visited a CAMFED project in Zambia in 2018 and paid a separate visit to the organization during his solo visit to Malawi on the Sussexes’ Africa Tour in 2019.
The Duchess of Sussex met one of the regional leaders of CAMFED at a Women’s Day event in London in 2019.
The money raised from the Sussex Squad Birthday Fundraiser 2020 will fund higher education scholarships for young women across Africa.
In a statement tweeted by the charity, Sussexes said: ‘No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thanks to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan ‘.
The couple, who recently signed a $ 150 million deal with Netflix, supported two charities to mark their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birthday in May.
Meghan and Archie appeared in a video to promote a Save The Children literacy program, and the Duchess later revealed that she had sponsored a kennel at the London-based charity Mayhew, of which she is a patron, in her son’s name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Harry’s birthday privately yesterday at their $ 14 million home in Santa Barbara.
The couple has a long-standing relationship with CAMFED. Prince Harry visited one of the charity projects in Zambia in 2018 (pictured) and paid a separate visit to the organization during his solo visit to Malawi on the Sussexes’ African tour in 2019
The royal family marked the occasion by sharing pleasures on Instagram and Twitter, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Queen, all posting in honor of Harry’s birthday.
Royal fans, however, were furious that Meghan did not come across any of the four photographs that were posted to mark the occasion.
In response to William and Kate’s photo showing Cambridges and Prince Harry in a race in 2017, a fan remarked: ‘There must have been hundreds of photos you could have chosen, but you chose to post one of Harry, William and Kate. I’m sure it was not unintentional to include Meghan. ‘
Another fan who posted on the Cambridges account said it was ‘shady’ not to include the Duchess of Sussex when there are photos of the ‘fab four’ together. Another simply said, ‘Interesting photo choice … No Meghan.’
However, some pointed out that it is common for royal family members not to include husbands and wives in birthday pictures, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did for Princess Anne’s recent 70s.
The Duchess of Sussex with Camfed Regional Director Angeline Murimirwa (right), model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and journalist Anne McElvoy at a Women’s Day event in London in March 2019
It comes after the strain in the relationship between Prince William, 38, and Harry, who were once inseparable, became naked in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography Finding Freedom.
Co-author Omid Scobie later claimed that the brothers went two months without speaking after Sussex’s bombshell Megxit announcement.
The Duke of Sussex has certainly plenty to celebrate this year – his first birthday since he and Meghan left the royal family and moved to California.
The couple recently signed a $ 150 million deal with US media giant Netflix and repaid £ 2.4 million used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, their former home on Queen’s Windsor estate, further distancing themselves from the royal family. .
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also recently intensified their public and virtual appearances as Covid-19 restrictions ease, with Prince Harry last week posting a video of support for soldiers taking part in a charity walk. Over the weekend, Meghan participated in a video call with clients from her UK patronage Smart Works.
And according to royal experts, the duke is ‘happier than ever’ as he celebrates his 36th birthday, and ‘does not miss his old life at all’.
Omid Scobie, co-author of the controversial royal biography Finding Freedom, which raised eyebrows for his exuberant praise and intimate knowledge of the Sussexes, the prince is ‘very pleased’ with his marriage and family and ‘flourishing’ in his professional life.
He told Vanity Fair: ‘This is the moment [Harry] can sit back and think, “I made it”. ‘