Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are asking for charity donations instead of gifts for baby Lilibet

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Frank Augstein/AP
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana, on Friday.
  • Harry and Markle asked people to support a list of four charities instead of sending gifts.
  • Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED, and the Myna Mahila Foundation, are focused on women and girls.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the birth of their first daughter in a statement on Archewell’s website on Sunday. The couple founded the Archewell organization in 2020 and named it after their first child, Archie.

“It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world,” the statement reads.

The couple wrote on the Archewell website that in lieu of gifts for Lilibet, they invite people to support four organizations as a tribute to their daughter. The organizations include Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED, and the Myna Mahila Foundation.

The charities target an array of issues all aimed at empowering girls and women.

The Myna Mahila Foundation supports women in India through employment opportunities and education around the taboo topic of menstruation, according to its website. The website for Girls Inc. says it’s a nonprofit that equips girls with resources to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. CAMFED is an organization that helps girls in African gain access to education, and Harvest Home is a Los Angeles-based shelter for pregnant women and their children.

The couple donated supplies to the shelter Harvest Home for Mother’s Day

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with their son, Archie, in South Africa on September 25, 2019. Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images

For Mother’s Day in May, Markle and Harry donated a year’s worth of diapers and supplies to the shelter Harvest Home. The same organization was included in Archewell’s donation suggestions in honor of Lilibet’s birth.

Along with the Mother’s Day donation, Markle wrote a personal letter to Harvest Home, which the organization shared on Instagram.

“When we consider how vulnerable any mother feels during the fragile time of pregnancy, we gain perspective about how especially difficult it can be for pregnant women of color and those who come from under-resourced and vulnerable communities,” Markle wrote.

Representatives for CAMFED, Girls Inc., Harvest Home, and the Myna Mahlia Foundation did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment for this story.