The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked fresh royal baby fever this afternoon as they referred to their first child as ‘Baby Sussex’ for the first time, just days before its expected arrival.
As they count the total amount raised ahead of the baby’s arrival, the couple added: ‘On behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much.’
The reference to ‘Baby Sussex’ delighted royal fans on social media, with one praising the initiative and saying: ‘Mentioning Baby Sussex is the cherry on top!’
The post also used the American word ‘diapers’ – perhaps a nod to it being written by Meghan – and it was informally signed off: ‘You made this happen. Thank you.’
It comes a week after they asked well-wishers to donate to charities for children and parents including The Lunch Box Fund, Little Village, WellChild and Baby2Baby.
Harry and Meghan are believed to be planning a home birth for their first child at their new home Frogmore Cottage, close to the Queen’s Windsor Castle home.
The couple are also said to have picked their own team to directly oversee the arrival of the Queen’s latest great grandchild – dispensing with senior royal medical staff.
Meghan and Harry are keeping details about the arrangements for the birth private, with news only released after they have celebrated privately as a new family.
In an update today, the royal account revealed that Lunchbox can now provide 100,000 additional hot nutritious meals to children in need across South Africa.
Little Village, a clothes, toys and equipment bank for young children, has received donations from around the world and had a surge in volunteer applications.
Well Child, which helps seriously ill children to be cared for at home, can now provide more than 300 additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child nurse thanks to the donations.
Baby2Baby, which helps children and parents in need in Meghan’s home city of Los Angeles, has received more than 5,000 products including cots, books, backpacks and nappies, along with money.
Harry and Meghan’s request followed a viral global baby shower campaign started by Twitter user @freepeeper, urging well-wishers to donate to the charities Mayhew, the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), and WellChild.
It comes on the day a bookmaker slashed the odds on the Duchess of Sussex giving birth over the Easter weekend.
Ladbrokes has it at 3/1 that Meghan and the Duke of Sussex will welcome their first-born sometime between the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays.
Easter Sunday on April 21 also coincides with the Queen’s 93rd birthday this year. The odds for a baby girl are 4/7, while a boy is 13/10.
For the baby’s name, Elizabeth and Diana are the joint front runners at 6/1, followed by 8/1 for Victoria. Albert and Philip are the most popular boys’ names at 12/1.
Harry and Meghan left their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand last year laden with more than 300 gifts for their little one.
From cuddly toy echidnas and platypuses, to Baby Sussex’s first pair of UGG boots, they were overwhelmed by presents from well-wishers and dignitaries.
Details were released by Buckingham Palace last week as part of the annual disclosure of gifts given to senior royals in the course of their official duties last year
Harry and Meghan’s Instagram post
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.
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.
You made this happen. Thank you.