New parents everywhere have long wondered how many new things a baby actually needs but when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan’s expected bundle of joy, the list seems endless.
That’s because it is.
In addition to Meghan’s two baby showers, royal watchers the world over have been lining up to gift the couple cute booties, blankets, bibs and other new-bundle hardware that’s hard to resist, but in reality, fairly unnecessary. Doubly so for, you know, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Take the just-released official list of presents the couple received during their October 2018 tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand for example. During the two-week tour fans were eager to gift Harry and Meghan more things than they or their baby will ever have use for. Don’t believe us? Here’s a look at the thoughtful things people gave the newest (unborn) royal.
Gift list, by the numbers
90-plus stuffed animals
18 pairs of bootees
15 baby vests
8 pairs of socks
7 swaddle blankets
6 sleep suits
6 baby blankets
4 matinee jackets
3 baby shawls
2 Buzzy Bee toys
And that’s just in two short weeks. Imagine all of the other items avid royal watchers have been stashing away to give the new family, or how much more fans are plotting to buy once this baby comes in a few weeks?
It’s no wonder Harry and Meghan have officially encouraged their followers to give to a good cause instead of buying things they’d probably wind up donating back to charity anyhow. Following the creation of the #GlobalSussexBabyShower, a social media movement encouraging fans to donate to charity in honour of the baby, the couple posted their favourite charities on their newly launched Instagram account.
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What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️
What we love most about Harry and Meghan’s selection is that the charities all focus on the well-being of children who could really benefit from this kind of attention. After all, that must be one of the most rewarding parts of what being a royal is all about—because we know there are a lot of drawbacks and demands—helping worthy causes and spreading acts of kindness.