Meghan Markle fans are welcoming the next royal baby in the spirit of philanthropy.
On Sunday, fans started using the hashtag #GlobalSussexBabyShower to launch an international initiative for people to donate money, supplies, and time, to charity organizations in the royal baby’s name.
The campaign kicked off with donations to three charities that Markle and Prince Harry have endorsed in the past: the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), a non-profit dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa through female empowerment, WellChild, a UK-based organization helping hospitalized children and young people, and Mayhew, an animal welfare organization.
Fans have since branched out and donated to charities of their own choosing.
With the Duchess of Sussex expected to give birth in late April or early May, Elle Harris, who reportedly started the campaign, told Good Morning America she sees the new addition to the family as an opportunity to spread positivity. Harris said she started the #GlobalSussexBabyShower campaign to fight negative conversations on Twitter and attacks on Markle, who has been a target of racial discrimination since becoming a royal.
“I hoped the hashtag would promote kindness in our little corner of the internet,” Harris said.
The campaign has received positive attention online, with people around the world eager to participate.
#GlobalSussexBabyShower I couldn't't choose just one so, I'm gonna donate to all three that were chosen. This is so much fun and I live being a part of something so special like this.— Beth (@pinka84) March 29, 2019
One fan shared that they hope to highlight Markle’s commitment to philanthropy with #GlobalSussexBabyShower.
I’ve donated to two of the #DoS charities because I’m so sick of the media onslaught which is ignoring her philanthropy. It also gives me a pleasant break from the horrors of Brexit. @themayhew@One25Charity#GlobalSussexBabyShower#MeghanMarkle— Helen Barberton (@henkiebarbin) March 29, 2019
Since becoming a royal, Markle has used her position to stand up for a range of humanitarian issues.
In January, Markle announced she’d be committing to partnering with four charity organizations in 2019. The advocate for girls’ education will assist the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which offers scholarships and other learning opportunities to children around the world. She’ll assist the educational film organization National Theater and the animal welfare charity the Mayhew Animal Home, as well.
One person was inspired to donate to Smart Works, an organization Markle works with, where she has volunteered to help women find jobs.
I’m happy to have donated to @SmartWorksHQ for the #GlobalSussexBabyShower. You do great work to restore women’s confidence in getting back on their feet. I hope my little donation helps, too. ✨ pic.twitter.com/OVHqyMXsnL— Sussex Squad ✨ (@sussexsquad) March 30, 2019
Another fan contributed to a community that Markle has uplifted in the past — sex workers. In February, Markle hand wrote notes to sex workers with the organization One25, which helps women break free from addictions and dangerous work environments.
I just ordered 3 items from your wish list on amazone and they will be delivered on April 04 in honor of #GlobalSussexBabyShower :) God bless you for everything you do ❤— Faith (@IshimweNella) April 1, 2019
But #GlobalSussexBabyShower prompted people to find organizations within their own communities to support too.
#GlobalSussexBabyShower I was surprised my students know of Harry and Meghan considering we are just a small African country. I raised ZAR400/£22 from my class many have the links to the charity. This will go to @FridaHartleyshe the women's and baby shelter in Johannesburg. pic.twitter.com/n6v2ulr34g— Slindo Shamase (@Slindoza) March 31, 2019
We’re kicking off a GLOBAL fundraiser on Sunday, 31st of March in honor of #BabySussex and the compassion and altruism of The #DukeandDuchessofSussex. We’ve selected 3 charities to benefit in this effort. Tweet your donations and include 👉🏼 hash #GlobalSussexBabyShower RETWEET! pic.twitter.com/4BEscqdwRR— Baby Sussex’s Au Pair🥑🍌🤖 (@freepeeper) March 29, 2019
Based on the public reaction so far, Harris achieved her goal with #GlobalSussexBabyShower.
"I’d want The Duke and Duchess to know that there are many people out there are inspired by their examples, who support them, and who are so happy for the impending addition to their family,” Harris said.