Royal fans praised for donations on behalf of Harry, Meghan and ‘Baby Sussex’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are soon to be welcoming their first child Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have thanked royal fans for “making a real difference” by donating to charities in honour of their baby.

A post on their @SussexRoyal Instagram account said: “On behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much.”

The message added: “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.”

Harry and Meghan asked the public to donate to four children’s charities, instead of sending royal baby gifts.

The suggested charities are the Lunchbox Fund, Well Child, Baby2Baby and Little Village.

In an update on Monday, 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.

The Sussexes’ baby is due this month and will be seventh in line to the throne.