Meghan Markle creates pop-up baby boutique days after Lilibets christening
Meghan Markle created a "pop-up baby boutique" to raise funds for a charity – days after the christening of daughter Princess Lilibet.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation marked International Women's Day with an event in collaboration with Harvest Home.
Harvest Home is a charity that helps expectant mothers facing issues such as domestic violence, substance use and homelessness – providing them with housing and supporting their well-being.
In a statement on Archewell’s website, it was confirmed that Meghan, 41, helped raise money for the organisation to mark International Women's Day.
It read: "As an advocate for women’s rights and supporter of mothers and families in need, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and the Archewell team celebrated the women of Harvest Home by creating a pop up baby boutique, hosting lunch from a female owned restaurant, and making a donation to the organization.
"Happy International Women’s day to all of you! Whether donating your time, funds, or helping a woman in your community, let’s all celebrate the women in our lives today and every day!"
The event came just days after the Sussexes’ 21 month old daughter Lilibet was christened at their home inMontecito, California.
The intimate ceremony was attended by around 30 people – though senior members of the royal family snubbed the event, according to reports.
It was said an invite to Lilibet’s christening "was extended" to Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well asKing Charles andQueen Consort Camilla – however none were in attendance.
Guests at the ceremony included actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who is Archie’s godfather.
Tyler is said to haveflown in from his home in Atlanta with a gospel choirwho performed This Little Light of Mine, which was played at Meghan and Harry's wedding in 2018.
Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, was also in attendance on the day, as well as Lilibet's unnamed godmother.
In a statement confirming the christening, Lilibet was publicly referred to as “Princess” for the first time.
It is understood the Duke and Duchess of Sussexwant to use their children's Royal titles in 'formal settings' but not everyday life .
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said: “I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.”
And another statement from the couple released on Thursday read: "The children's titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became Monarch. This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace."
Harry, 38, and Meghan are said to be keen not to deny their children their birthright, instead allowing them the opportunity to decide for themselves when older whether to use the titles.
The succession section of theroyal websitehas now been updated – referring to Archie and Lilibet as Prince and Princess of Sussex.
It comes after Harry and Meghan confirmedthey had received an invitation to Charles’ upcoming coronation, but have yet to decide whether or not to attend.
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