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Prince Harry makes donation with Meghan to African girls’ education on his birthday

/ 01:03 PM September 16, 2020
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/POOL/AFP

Prince Harry spent his 36th birthday yesterday, Sept. 15, giving to a cause meaningful to him and wife, Meghan Markle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex matched donations made by their fans for a Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) fundraiser. The campaign supports higher education scholarships for women in Africa.

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Camfed announced today, Sept. 16, on Twitter that Harry and Meghan donated $130,000.

“No better way to celebrate what really matters,” the couple said in a statement. “Thank you to everyone that donated!”

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The campaign website states that nearly $260,000 has been raised, which will support 113 young African women for one year of technical and vocational training.

Meghan has been a champion for girls’ education and is patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, taking over from Queen Elizabeth II in January 2019.

She joined Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED executive director in Africa, for an International Women’s Day panel last year.

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She said then, “Lack of access to education is the single most important barrier to gender equality… A girl who is educated becomes a woman who is influential.”  /ra

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