Fans of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have launched a massive campaign to raise cash for “vulnerable children impacted by coronavirus” to mark little Archie’s first birthday.
The group will mark the celebration on May 6 with the hashtag #ArchieDay on social media.
They plan to share donations to charities in countries where Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, are linked to – including organisations in South Africa, Canada and the US.
Fan account @Archie_Day shared an explainer about why fans were gearing up to support children affected by coronavirus on Instagram.
It said: “Before Covid-19 became an ominous presence in our lives. A group of us got together to organise a fundraising campaign to honour the principles emphasised by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their humanitarian efforts: community, kindness, and compassion for vulnerable people and ecologies.”
The statement continued: “Our campaign would build on previous efforts conducted in support of the Susses. Particularly the #globalsussexbabyshower fundraiser, which was carried out in enthusiastic anticipation of the couple’s first child.
“One year later, motivated by the pure joy of Archie’s arrival and the very circumstances of our time, we introduce a campaign in honour of his first birthday and to promote those principles we hold dear. Community, kindness and compassion.
“It is in that spirit, we kick off the #Archieday fundraiser in benefit of vulnerable children affected by the coronavirus epidemic.
“We are all in this together. We will get through this together. We would love your support. Happy birthday, sweet Archie.”
Multiple accounts have since shared the post and included a list of charities people have been asked to consider donating to.
Among them are the Nourish Eco Village in South Africa where Harry and Meghan went on their last royal tour back in November.
The charity gives food from desperately poor families in rural communities who rely on meals from school.
Fans were also directed to donate to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Children’s Home, both of which support young people in North America.
But, unlike past campaigns, the group is not raising money for charities in the UK.
The Duke and Duchess are now isolating themselves at a private gated community in California – having moved there from Vancouver Island in Canada.
It is understood the couple is searching for their perfect family home in Malibu, a playground for the rich and famous.