The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have donated £100,000 ($130,000) to CAMFED, which campaigns for female education in Africa. The charity said Meghan and Harry have matched the amount raised by Sussex fans to mark the Duke’s birthday, which will help at least 113 women and young girls. In a message to their fans, the couple said: “No better way to celebrate what really matters.
“Thank you to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan.”
The campaign to raise money for the charity began last month for Meghan’s birthday on August 4.
Fans launched the #InspiredByMeghan fundraiser for Meghan’s birthday back in August, but soon changed it to #InspiredByHarry to mark his big day.
They were keep to heap praise on the pair after their grand gesture was revealed.
Meghan and Harry have made a huge donation to CAMFED
One person wrote on Twitter: “Thank you Duke and Duchess of Sussex!!”
Another added: “This is Why We LOVE THEM.”
A third fans said: “Hope they have a wonderful day and beyond.”
Many other fans simply responded: “Wow.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex matched their fans’ donations
Before the announcement, CAMFED also said: “7 weeks ago we couldn’t imagine the heights we’d reach with your support, #SussexSquad.
“That’s 50 young women’s futures transformed! Excited for tomorrow…”
The Duke of Sussex has also received an array of happy birthday wishes from members of the Royal Family today.
The official Twitter accounts for the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both posted birthday greetings.
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An image of the Queen and her grandson, during a 2017 Buckingham Palace reception, was posted on the Royal Family account, with the caption “Wishing The Duke of Sussex a very happy birthday!” and emojis of a cake and balloon.
And William and Kate’s account said: “Wishing a very happy birthday to Prince Harry today!” with a picture of the Cambridges and Harry racing each other at a 2017 event supporting their Heads Together mental health campaign.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also posted the message: “Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duke of Sussex today!”
They also shared a picture of Harry, as well as another photo of the Duke with his father at the Invictus Games.
Meghan and Harry will likely celebrate the Duke’s birthday at their Santa Barbara home
Harry will be celebrating his birthday in his life, as he is now living in California with wife Meghan and son Archie after they moved to the US state just before the coronavirus lockdown began in March.
The couple are likely to celebrate privately at their Santa Barbara home as the coronavirus pandemic has forced many bars to shut and restaurants to close their indoor spaces in the area.
Their new area has also experienced the after-effects of California’s wildfires due to falling ash and red skies over the last few days.