The Real Reason Prince Charles Banned Gifts At His Wedding To Camilla Parker Bowles

Thirty-five years after they first met, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles finally tied the knot in 2005. The prince and the duchess’ journey down the aisle had been fraught with rumors, scandals, affairs, and a lot of pain. Therefore, no one was more excited about the day than the future King of England.

Despite his excitement, the Prince of Wales was still cautious about his big day. After his extravagant 1981 wedding to Princess Diana that was televised across the globe to 750 million people, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles’ civil ceremony was much tamer. In fact, the prince banned all wedding gifts from his 2005 nuptials.

Why did Prince Charles ban wedding gifts when he married Camilla Parker Bowles?

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles invited 800 guests to their wedding ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. The invitation banned all phones and electronics, and it also stated, “Wedding List: There will be no Wedding List.”

Prince Charles had been traumatized by his 1981 wedding to Princess Diana where the couple received over 6,000 gifts. The prince is extremely particular about his personal items, and he and the late princess were forced to burn, give away, or destroy countless items including a pair of pink and blue toothbrushes. Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell recalls how the newlyweds gifted numerous trinkets to royal staffers. Nearly 25-years later, Prince Charles was not about to find a way to rid his home of countless useless presents once again.

These are the wedding gifts other members of the British Royal Family have recieved

With such massive guest lists on their big days, members of the British Royal family tend to get hit with an onslaught of presents from loved ones, friends, and well-wishers. This is why they are technically not allowed to accept gifts in the first place.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

When Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip in 1947 –the royal couple received thousands of gifts including a mink coat from the citizens of Newfoundland, a racehorse from the Aga Khan, and a 22 centuries old gold necklace from King Farouk of Egypt. They were also gifted a slew of traveling rugs. (Whatever those are). The queen was also given over 100 pairs of nylons which were a novelty in the years following World War II.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

When Prince Andrew married auburn-haired beauty Sarah Ferguson in 1986, their wedding registry totaled to an astounding £1.5million.

Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton

When Prince William married his college sweetheart Kate Middleton in 2011 –the received quite an eclectic spread of gifts including a tandem bike, a cocker spaniel, and even a song gifted to them by the late singer, George Michael.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed in May 2018 –they collected an insane £7 million ($9.3 million) worth of presents –which they promptly returned. The royal gift policy was in full effect, and according to Kensington Palace, it states that, “The family can’t accept gifts from anyone hoping to exploit the gift for commercial purposes.” In fact, they can only accept things like flowers and food or things that are worth less than £150 ($200). Markle and Prince Harry had asked people to donate to various charities instead.

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