The Duke & Duchess of Sussex wrote an open letter to vaccine company CEOs


For Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s second birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveiled some of their work around the Covid-19 vaccines. They were already co-chairs for the Vax Live event, the platform of which included the request that Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer provide millions of vaccines at little to no cost to developing nations. On the Archewell site, Meghan and Harry explained their donation scheme for Archie’s birthday:

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

This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic. While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start.

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.

For a donation of just $5, you can cover the cost of a dose for someone in need. And because we were able to secure matching support from a number of organizations, that $5 you give will automatically turn into $20—covering the cost of four doses. Every single dollar counts—not only will it help save lives but it will help save families and communities.

We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect. Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another.

[From Archewell]

So the donation page for Archie’s birthday was all set up on Global Citizen’s website, and donations have quadruple the impact because of matched funds from (presumably) private corporate sponsors. Very smart.

But that’s not all! Harry and Meghan also penned an open letter calling on the CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax for specific goals, like increasing production for vaccines, expediting delivery schedules, and committing a certain amount of vaccines for free. You can also sign their open letter here.

And in addition to all that, they posted this sepia-toned photo of Archie on Achewell. My theory is that Archie is no longer a redhead! I think he was quite ginger-y when he was a baby and his hair is getting a lot darker.

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Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Archewell, social media.

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  1. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    I signed up to this yesterday – it’s truly a wonderful initiative. Please, everyone – get involved!!

  2. Snuffles says:

    There is a much clearer black and white version of the Archie pic going around that is much clearer. You can definitely see curls kicking in, similar to Chrissy Teigen’s kids. And I agree that his hair has gotten much darker. Maybe a dark auburn by now?

  3. Becks1 says:

    That match is incredible. 5 dollars from you = 20 dollars total, that’s amazing.

    I love how they timed this for Archie’s bday, to take the attention they knew they would be getting and turning it into such a good thing.

    • JT says:

      This is great and it shows how much thought they put into how to make this initiative even more impactful. I mean donating $5 and making $20 is so clever. They even went the extra mile to contact sponsors for help. Tying it to Archie’s birthday is so smart and I imagine they feel better about showing their son if it’s linked to charity. Well done. They do such good work.

    • NTheMiddle says:

      Love everything about this. Archie’s hair is definitely getting darker and curly…. you could tell on the video they released on the beach too.

      Off to donate…

  4. Amy Bee says:

    This is a very good initiative as it continues to shine a light on the issue of inequitable access to vaccines. I’m wondering why Charles hasn’t jumped on this issue. A lot countries that have been affected by this issue are Commonwealth countries. Just like the military, the Commonwealth means nothing to the Royal Family except a means to prop itself up.

    • Cecilia says:

      He did call for donations to india and it was reported that he donated privately. How large that sum was tho nobody knows.

      • Oshin says:

        Like it was reported that he supported Harry and Meghan till they were financially independent!

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Cecilia:Yeah which was good but I think a man of his stature can be bit more vocal on the wider issues surrounding the pandemic.

    • Jan says:

      Britain sent 200000.00£ To St. Vincent to help with the Volcano, the same amount Boris’ girlfriend spent to redecorate No.10.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Yes it’s odd because Liz, Charles & William all did things about the importance of getting the vaccine weeks ago. You’d think they would have had more messaging about the importance of vaccine access in countries within Liz’s ‘beloved’ Commonwealth.

      Royals have definitely worked with & made appeals to companies on campaigns around the environment, anti poaching or cyber bullying before & William talked about lobbying Chinese authorities so ‘being political’ etc isn’t an excuse. Seems a missed opportunity for these global leaders.

      Anyway good job H&M & Global Citizens. The CEO has been on interviews being so positive about their contribution. Hope the campaign & VAX Live is successful.

      • JT says:

        As if the royals would do something like this and I don’t think it would even occur to them to think of it. Thoughts and prayers are their usual M.O. but extra points for Charles for actually sending money.

  5. Southern Fried says:

    Happy to sign on and donate!

  6. OriginalLala says:

    Good on them! We really need the IP patents on the vaccines to be lifted so more companies can produce the vaccines, at this rate we aren’t getting out of the pandemic anytime soon, and even then it will mostly just be wealthier nations.

  7. Ginger says:

    I love that they did this for Archie’s birthday. It’s incredible.

  8. Cecilia says:

    I think his hair is probably a dark red or a brown with red streaks. But i can see him turning full brown/ black haired when he’s older. Also, the curls!!!!!

    • Cessily says:

      Spent my morning reporting altered versions of this beautiful photo, so I get why they do not show his face. Sure makes me question humanity.

      • Cecilia says:

        How exactly did trolls manage to alter this photo? There’s nothing to alter?

    • Liz version 700 says:

      He is adorable!!!

  9. Jan says:

    Archie stands like Harry.
    Great idea with the matching funds, I like that you can donate $5, most people will donate more.
    Will contribute to this and Baby Montecito fundraiser.
    Do these two ever sleep? They dot all the 👀 and cross all the TTT, before making announcements, all the leaks dried up, since they left Shutter Island.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      I will definitely donate to this also. My in laws have relatives in India and it is helpless feeling like you can’t do much to help. At least with this whatever I donate is x4. They have been so so good at helping the response to this need.

  10. aquarius64 says:

    A wonderful initiative. Haters had to hate of course but sane people have learned to point, laugh and keep it moving.

    Archie’s hair is getting curlier. I think the Ragland side is coming out.

  11. Over it says:

    As always with everything they do, my admiration and respect grows for these two incredible people. I think Archie seems like a very peaceful,contented boy

  12. Sofia says:

    Good. Vaccine Equity is an important issue and I’m glad that the Sussexes are using their fame and interest to highlight it.

    And PS: I would love to have the Sussexes garden/backyard in terms of size.

  13. Tanya Nguyen says:

    Great initiative. Not a fan of the sepia filter on the birthday pic. I wish it had been a color picture.

    • swirlmamad says:

      I’m sure they shared a photo like this so as to give the trolls as little to work with as possible….and so we don’t have to endure a million opinion pieces about the color of his hair, is it red like his dad’s, or if it’s not, WHY isn’t it red like his dad’s — is tHAt rEaLly HarRy’s kiD? — and other similarly disgusting nonsense.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I think the sepia just matches the aesthetic of their website. You can thank the likes of Emily Giffin for ensuring we get sepia photos and back turned shots like this from now on and won’t be surprised if there are no photos going forward. He’s starting to get some nice curls, their yard is beautiful and park like ( drip irrigation and grey water recycling hopefully), and I’m impressed she can get her toddler to wear jeans. My kids are all about leggings and rarely wear them. Anyway I signed the petition and donated to the fund. It’s a small gesture but hope it makes a difference in getting vaccines distributed to countries with shortages.

  14. Chelsea says:

    I’m glad they are keeping up this global pressure around vaccine equity. Someone in a thread last week mentioned that Western govs needed to push for drug companies to let go of their IPs for this. I wasnt sure how that could be done but I see this week the US has formally come out in suppport of it amd is working with the WTO on it. The WTO is slow af and it doesnt solve the manufacturing capacity or raw materials issues so im glad tp see that Pfizer and some other companies have started exporting shots and materials after the export ban was lifted in April and that the US committed our pending 60 million Astrazenaca doses to foreign govs and set a new goal of 10% of all vaccines created here to be exported by July 4th. Very good progress but still more that can be done so we need to keep up the pressure on these governments, pharma companies, and wealthy corporations.

    The multi pronged approach they and Global Citizen are taking to help along this effort is really smart and im very grateful they’ve taken this on so completely. There had been others pushing this before but like i said in another post there are few people that could get 3 foundations to agree to match donations up to $1 million each after already getting $54 million committed to the same cause. (And mind you that $54 million was as of Sunday; it’s probably much higher now).

  15. Lauren says:

    I love that they are taking seriously the topic of vaccine equity. It’s extremely sad and worrying that first-world countries have completely hoarded the already scarce supplies of vaccines and poorer countries stand no chance of vaccinating their population. I also hate that some countries are using their vaccines as soft-diplomacy tools to expand their powers in certain nations. I’m looking at Russia and China here, and it’s worrisome because there are very disturbing reports on both of their vaccines.

  16. Ariel says:

    Thanks for including the link, just made a donation. I gave $25, but i love that they include a $5 as an easy click, some people want to give, and money is TIGHT, but everybody’s $5 together makes an impact. And i appreciate them taking that idea into consideration.

  17. Katherine says:

    Ahh cool just donated!

  18. Victoria says:

    While I have decided not to take the vaccine for a multitude of reasons, I like that they aren’t being pushy about something they whole heartefly believe in and have created a nice platform for like-minded individuals to help others who may want to get vaccinated but may not be able to pay.
    It’s a lovely gesture and I know Sussex Squad will be out in full effect.

    • LP says:

      Hey Victoria, unless you’re immunocompromised or otherwise have a health side effect yoiur doctor has confirmed with you, please get the vaccine! Reputable doctors agree it’s safe and as long as the virus has a host to transmit, we’re all going to be stuck with it.

      • Victoria says:

        Thank you, but I definitely don’t take medical advice from strangers and I am definitely invested in my health and that of my family.

        I appreciate your wanting to help but I’m good. I will be safe and wear a mask and not touch people.

  19. Kimber says:

    Thank you for the link to donate. ✅ Done.
    Lovely way to address this huge issue.

  20. BlueToile says:

    I donated and signed. It’s an excellent cause and I am happy to help. I also feel like I just said “Up yours!” to the royal family and British media, and that also felt good. I am petty like that. 😉

  21. Abena Asantewaa says:

    I like Archie’s photo, it’s not a destraction from the fundraising, infact it is part of the fundraising, very clever. I donated

  22. Sansa says:

    this is such a great use of their platform in service to a very necessary cause. for those who can’t give much, its amazing to know that a $5 donation becomes $20. also, f*ck bill gates and big pharma’s priorities of money over public health.

  23. blunt talker says:

    Meghan and Harry really roll up their sleeves on projects-a person can see the efforts they put in doing their charities and projects-this also teaches their children about giving back and rolling up their sleeves to help any way they can-Archie is getting big and his hair is fuller and more curly-my view about the filter is that Harry and Meghan want to protect Archie from press intrusion about his hair color and skin color-just enjoy seeing him happy and at play or whatever-More love and joy to the Sussex family.

  24. Catherine says:

    They’ve been putting out black and white and/or sepia photos since they’re engagement. So it’s not unique to Archie photos. Also, at the Well Child event they attended in Nov. 2019 , Meghan stated to one of the mother’s who had a strawberry blond daughter that she thought Archie’s hair was going to get darker and be more of a chestnut or auburn. Even without color photo you can tell his hair is darker so I don’t think they are doing non color photos because of his hair. I do think that the non color, slightly out of focus, face hidden photos make it more difficult for tabloids to make money off of photos of him.