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18 April 2024

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are asking for charity donations

By Bang

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked for charity donations instead of gifts in the lead up to the birth of their first child.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are currently expecting their first child together, and have said that rather than receiving gifts, they'd prefer their fans to use their money to support four charities - The Lunchbox Fund, Little Village HQ, Well Child, and Baby2Baby.

A post shared on their joint Instagram account, read: "What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child.

"In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they've selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby (sic)"

The post then concluded by thanking the couple's loyal supporters for their "warm wishes".

It read: "The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love."

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that the Duke and Duchess are actively seeking a male nanny for their baby.

A source explained: "Hiring a 'manny' is far more common in the US - a nation that Meghan is more in tune with - than in the UK.

"She's keen to introduce the royal family to what she considers a more enlightened, modern, American approach. Of course, Harry had a very Tomboyish nanny himself in Tiggy who taught him and William about abseiling, fishing and other outdoor pursuits in Monmouthshire.

"He and Meghan have discussed nannies and both have open mind to a male nanny. They will definitely try to shortlist one. Meghan and Harry are exploring all their options, and will be employing a nanny from September."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'move to Windsor'

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have reportedly moved into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor after renovation work pushed the move back from London back.

The royal couple - who are expecting their first child together - were set to move into the 10-bedroom property on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where they got married last May, in February, but their plans were delayed as the renovations were behind schedule.

However, now it has been claimed that the former 'Suits' actress and Harry - who recently launched their own joint Instagram account - have moved out of Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace weeks before their little boy or girl is due to be born, in a bid to have "more privacy".

ITV reports that: "The couple have been living in Nottingham Cottage within the grounds of Kensington Palace since they got married - but it's thought they wanted more privacy for their new family as well as more space."

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, first announced their Windsor move in November.

Kensington Palace said in a statement at the time: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will more to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year. Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate."

Meanwhile, it was recently claimed that Meghan won't give birth in the Lindo wing.

The royal reportedly decided on a maternity unit which is closer to their home in Windsor rather than the Lindo at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to all three of her kids.

A source said: "This child will not be born at the Lindo. The talk of all the senior clinicians there is that Meghan doesn't want to copy what Kate did. Harry and Meghan realise there is intense public interest but this baby is not a direct heir to the throne and they want the birth to be as private as possible.

"Meghan is nervous about complications such as an emergency Caesarean and doesn't want the pressure of having to look immaculate on the hospital steps just hours later. Like any anxious first-time mum, she's worried about the birth itself. As she is over 35, she is considered a slightly older mum - which sometimes can lead to some complications.

"Meghan also has the added stress of the world's attention on her - everyone wants to catch the first glimpse of the new royal addition. She and Harry have decided that rather than go somewhere as public as the Lindo they will allow Meghan to recover somewhere more private. She just wants a normal, natural birth and to bond with her baby, without being primped and blow-dried to within an inch of her life just for the pictures."

As well as being the place where Duchess Catherine gave birth to her children with husband Prince William, Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, 11 months, it is also the place where the late Princess Diana welcomed Harry and William.