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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make secret donation to mark Archie's milestone

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As a symbolic present for Archie, Meghan and Prince Harry donated 200 beanies to the I Got Your Backpack initiative, which supports victims of domestic violence in New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kept their charitable move a secret.

Their donation was made public by New Zealand-based social enterprise Make Give Live, the members of which knitted the warm beanies given to charity by the Sussexes.

The social enterprise shared a post on Instagram showing some of the beanies donated by the Duke and Duchess.

The caption to the pictures read: "Thank you Harry & Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and of course, Archie for the generous donation of these 200 beanies to your friends on the other side of the world in New Zealand.

"I Got Your Backpack NZ was very grateful for them and they will be sent in care packs to refugees around NZ to warm heads and hearts.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made a donation to mark Archie's second birthday (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did not announce their donation to I Got Your Backpack (Image: GETTY)

"It also meant a lot for our maker community to have something special to bring them together to enjoy connection and creativity whilst making them, and didn't they do an incredible job!?"

The caption ended with warm wishes for the little Sussex, Archie.

Next to the emoji of a red balloon, the post said: "Happy birthday Archie".

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Archie in a picture released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on his second birthday (Image: ARCHEWELL.COM/DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX)

This isn't the first time Meghan and Harry get in touch with Make Give Live.

In December 2020, the Duke and Duchess ordered 100 beanies from the social enterprise.

In another Instagram post, the initiative wrote: "They said that they wanted to help our members continue to enjoy making, connecting and supporting each other which has never been as important as now".

Almost 12 months earlier, Archie helped one of the products knitted by Make Give Live become an online sensation.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son left the UK in mid-November 2019 (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in California (Image: GETTY)

Harry and Meghan shared on their now-defunct Instagram page Sussex Royal a video to wish their followers a happy New Year, which included a picture of Harry holding his son, who wore a New Zealand-made beanie with pom-poms.

While Meghan and Harry's donation to the initiative was kept a secret by the couple, on the day of Archie's birthday they asked their fans to support the cause of vaccine equity.

In a statement shared on their organisation's website Archewell.com, Harry and Meghan started thanking their supporters for the generosity showed over the past two years.

They wrote: "We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honour of Archie’s birthday.

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Archie was born in London on May 6, 2019 (Image: EXPRESS)

"Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts.

"You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful."

After explaining why it is vital during the fight against COVID-19 to distribute vaccines across the whole world, they said: "We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine.

"And with that intention, we are inviting you to contribute whatever you can — if you have the means to do so — to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places."

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer working royals (Image: GETTY)

This statement was shared alongside a picture of Archie.

The tot was depicted from behind holding inflatable ballons in his home's garden.

Archie was born at London's Portland Hospital in the early hours of May 6, 2019.

After spending a few months at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, he travelled to Canada in mid-November 2019 for his parents' announced break from royal duties.

However, while Meghan and Harry returned a handful of times to the UK, Archie has remained in North America since, travelling only across the Canadian border in March 2020 to relocate to California.

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