The Real Reason Meghan Markle Was Forced to Return All of Her Royal Wedding Gifts

Being a royal has its perks — especially in regards to weddings. Not only do you get to get married in a castle, borrow the queen’s jewelry, and have every designer begging to make you a custom wedding dress, you get some of the best wedding gifts you could ever imagine. That said, you can’t keep any of them.

Discover the real reason Meghan Markle was forced to return all of her wedding gifts (page 5), plus take a closer look at some of the priceless gifts given to her by the royal family — including Prince Harry — ahead.

The queen gave her Welsh gold … and let her borrow a tiara

Meghan Markle in her wedding gown

Meghan Markle | Jonathan Brady-WPA Pool/Getty Images

The queen gifted Meghan a piece of Welsh gold, which was used to create the duchess’s wedding band. Welsh gold wedding bands are a royal family tradition that dates back to 1923. Some of the members of royalty with Welsh gold bands include The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and Princess Diana.

In addition, the queen also gave Meghan and a new name — the Duchess of Sussex — and let her borrow a tiara for her big day.

Next: Prince Charles’ gift

Prince Charles hosted her reception

Frogmore House

Frogmore House | Karen Roe/Wikimedia Commons

As a gift to the bride and groom, Prince Charles hosted (and paid for) the couple’s evening wedding reception at Frogmore House near Windsor Castle.

The reception consisted of exclusive invites, a sit-down dinner, open bar, late night burgers, loud music, fireworks, and performances by Elton John.

Next: Harry also gave Meghan a wedding gift.

Harry gave her a ring from Princess Diana’s personal collection

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave as they leave for their reception. | Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images

At their evening reception, Meghan debuted her wedding gift from Harry: A giant aquamarine cocktail ring that once belonged to Princess Diana.

The ring was the perfect something blue and one of many sweet ways she honored her late mother-in-law on her big day.

Next: You won’t believe how much the gifts were worth.

Her wedding gifts totaled over $9 million

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Nick Edwards-WPA Pool/Getty Images

According to Express, over $9 million worth of wedding gifts from businesses and celebrities were sent to Kensington Palace. The gifts ranged from matching swimwear for their honeymoon to a piece from S.T. Dupont’s 007 collection to portable slow-cookers and more.

In addition to the tangible items, The Taronga Zoo in New South Wales, Australia named two koalas after Meghan and Harry.

Next: The real reason Meghan had to return her royal wedding gifts.

The palace does not want brands using her for publicity

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images

The real reason Meghan had to return over $9 million worth of wedding gifts? The palace does not want to give companies incentivized publicity.

According to the family’s official gift-giving guidelines (yes, that’s a thing), “the fundamental principle governing the acceptance of gifts by Members of The Royal Family is that no gifts, including hospitality or services, should be accepted which would, or might appear to, place the Member of The Royal Family under any obligation to the donor.”

Next: She kept these

She could only keep the souvenirs

A member of staff holds bags with the wedding monogram ahead of the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle

Monogrammed royal wedding gift bags | Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan probably didn’t have to give every gift back. According to the family’s gift guidelines, any gift given to a royal family member “should normally be declined.” However, if the gift is a souvenir from an official visit or in celebration of a royal marriage, they’re allowed to keep it — so long as it is “contingent upon the enterprise undertaking not to exploit the gift for commercial purposes.”

Next: What Meghan Markle really wanted for her wedding.

Her wedding registry

Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. | Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty Images

As it turns out, Meghan didn’t want any gifts for her royal wedding. Instead, she and Harry asked guests (and anyone else who wished to mark their big day with a gift) to donate to a selection of charities close to the couple’s hearts.

Like Harry (and his family), charity is really important to Meghan, so it should come of no surprise that she used her big day to draw attention to the organizations she’s most passionate about.

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