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King Archie! Meghan and Harry fans celebrate as birthday fundraiser hits whopping £2m

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Meghan and Prince Harry spoke of their pride in the wake of the impressive results on their website Archewell.com. The fundraiser, which was launched on May 6, has gathered more than £2.11million ($3million).

This sum is composed of both individuals’ contributions and the matching donations by major companies’ foundations.

A statement published on Meghan and Harry’s organisation’s website read: “On May 6, we shared our call to action with you, to help communities, families, and individuals around the world who are not being given fair and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“As campaign chairs of Vax Live, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited supporters to do their part to create vaccine equity, including calling on anyone who was able to make a small donation to support this effort.

“Every dollar that you generously contributed was matched dollar-for-dollar by organizations like Seadream Family Foundation and Mastercard Impact Fund to bring the total of funding for this cause to over $3million!

“Congratulations and thank you for helping to make the world a more compassionate and equitable place.

“We are proud to have you as part of the Archewell community.

“As evidenced through this activation, our shared purpose can yield extraordinary results.

“Look at what happens when we come together for the greater good!

“Well done, to each of every one of you, and thank you from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell.”

This fundraiser is supporting Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which among its main duties helps to negotiate prices of vaccines for the world’s poorest countries and share the cost that implementing nations pay for the jabs.

According to royal author Omid Scobie, more than £1.27million ($1.8million) was raised in less than a week.

He wrote on Twitter: “Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s Global Citizen fundraiser for Archie’s birthday has raised over $1.88million to buy Covid vaccines for the world’s most vulnerable in the past six days.

“The initiative is supporting Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s life-saving efforts.”

Fans of Meghan and Harry were quick to praise the couple, and little Archie, for their humanitarian effort.

One wrote on Twitter: “Duke and Duchess of Success, humanitarians who help others, great amount raised for the world’s most vulnerable by Harry and Meghan.”

Another said: “That is my Power Couple being themselves”.

A third, mentioning Harry and Meghan’s statement released after the Queen announced they were to return their royal patronages, said: “Service is Universal Archie’s already working on it”.

Others called little Archie “King” in their praises for the Sussexes.

One wrote: “Glory to King Archie whose birthday inspired so big donations!”

Finally, another one complimented the family-of-three saying: “The Duke and Duchess of impact used their child’s birthday to save lives.

“Bravo Harry and Meghan and long live little Archie Harrison”.

This successful fundraiser launched by Meghan and Harry to publicly mark Archie’s birthday comes as it emerged another fundraising effort they took part in exceeded the goal originally set, pulling in more than £212million ($302million).

Meghan and Harry appeared, respectively in video and live, during Vax Live, a concert attended only by fully vaccinated people which advocated the importance of vaccine equity and aimed at raising money to procure millions of COVID-19 vaccines.

The fundraiser launched on Archie’s birthday was accompanied by a new picture of the little Sussex.

The sepia snap showed Archie holding several balloons in the garden, facing away from the camera.

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