Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donate $ 130,000 to CAMFED to celebrate birthdays

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have donated $ 130,000 to an African girls’ education charity to mark their recent birthdays, it has been revealed.

Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, pledged the money to CAMFED, which supports girls’ education across the continent, and said there was “no better way to celebrate what really matters ”.

The couple made the donation yesterday after fans, who call themselves the Sussex Squad, launched a fundraiser in honor of Harry and Meghan’s birthdays on September 15 and August 4, respectively.

The campaign raised $ 129,000 and Harry and Meghan responded by matching the donations with their own contribution of $ 130,000.

Charitable donations are tax deductible in the US and UK. CAMFED is registered in both countries.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have donated $ 130,000 to a girls’ education charity to mark their recent birthdays, it has been revealed. In the photo, the couple in Cape Town last year

In a message tweeted by the charity (pictured), the couple said: 'There's no better way to celebrate what really matters.  Thanks to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan '

In a message tweeted by the charity (pictured), the couple said: ‘There’s no better way to celebrate what really matters. Thanks to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan ‘

The couple have a long-standing relationship with CAMFED, which is a partner of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Harry and Meghan serve as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and have been allowed to remain in office after stepping down from their official royal duties this year.

Prince Harry visited a CAMFED project in Zambia in 2018 and made a separate visit to the organization during his solo visit to Malawi on the Sussexes Africa tour in 2019.

The Duchess of Sussex met with one of CAMFED’s regional leaders at a Women’s Day event in London in 2019.

Money raised from the 2020 Sussex Squad Anniversary Fundraiser will fund graduate scholarships for young women across Africa.

In a statement tweeted by the charity, the Sussexes said: “There’s no better way to celebrate what really matters. Thanks to everyone who donated, Harry and Meghan ‘.

The couple, who recently signed a $ 150 million deal with Netflix, supported two charities to mark their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birthday in May.

Meghan and Archie appeared in a video to promote a Save The Children literacy program and the Duchess later revealed that she sponsored a kennel at the London-based animal charity Mayhew, of which she is the patron , on behalf of his son.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday celebrated Harry’s birthday privately at their $ 14 million home in Santa Barbara.

The couple have a long-standing relationship with CAMFED.  Prince Harry visited one of the charity's projects in Zambia in 2018 (pictured) and made a separate visit to the organization during his solo visit to Malawi on the Sussexes Africa tour in 2019

The couple have a long-standing relationship with CAMFED. Prince Harry visited one of the charity’s projects in Zambia in 2018 (pictured) and made a separate visit to the organization during his solo visit to Malawi on the Sussexes Africa tour in 2019

The Royal Family marked the occasion by sharing their best wishes on Instagram and Twitter, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Queen all posting in honor of Harry’s birthday.

However, royal fans were outraged that Meghan did not appear in any of the four photographs released to mark the occasion.

Responding to William and Kate’s photo, which shows the Cambridges and Prince Harry on a run in 2017, one fan noted: “There must be hundreds of photos you could have chosen, but you chose to publish one of Harry, William and Kate. . I’m sure not including Meghan was not unintentional.

Another fan posted to the Cambridges account said it was ‘fishy’ not to include the Duchess of Sussex when there are photos of the ‘fabulous four’ together. Another said simply: “Interesting selection of photos… No Meghan. “

However, some have pointed out that it is common for royals to not include husbands and wives in birthday photos, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did for the recent 70th birthday. of Princess Anne.

The Duchess of Sussex with Camfed Regional Director Angeline Murimirwa (right), model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and journalist Anne McElvoy at a Women's Day event in London in March 2019

The Duchess of Sussex with Camfed Regional Director Angeline Murimirwa (right), model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and journalist Anne McElvoy at a Women’s Day event in London in March 2019

It comes after the tension in relations between Prince William, 38, and Harry, who were once inseparable, was revealed in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography Finding Freedom.

Co-author Omid Scobie later claimed the brothers went two months without speaking after the news of the Sussex bombing on Megxit.

The Duke of Sussex certainly has a lot to celebrate this year – his first birthday since he and Meghan left the Royal Family and moved to California.

The couple recently signed a $ 150million deal with US media giant Netflix and repaid the £ 2.4million spent to renovate Frogmore Cottage, their former home on the Queen’s Windsor Estate, further distancing themselves from the Royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also recently stepped up their public and virtual appearances as restrictions on Covid-19 eased, with Prince Harry last week sending a video supporting soldiers on a charity hike. Over the weekend, Meghan took part in a video call with clients from her British patronage Smart Works.

And according to royal experts, the Duke is “happier than ever” as he celebrates his 36th birthday and “doesn’t miss his old life at all.”

Omid Scobie, who co-wrote the controversial royal biography Finding Freedom which raised eyebrows for his praise and intimate knowledge of the Sussexes, the prince is “very happy” with his marriage and family and “prosperous” in his life professional.

He told Vanity Fair: “Now is the time [Harry] can sit down and think, “I did it”. ‘

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