Prince Harry Once Gave Prince Louis a $10,000 Book Inspired by His Childhood Memories With Princess Diana

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is a thoughtful gift giver. He pulls out all the stops when it comes to celebrating his loved ones. Becoming an uncle for the third time in 2018 when Prince Louis of Cambridge arrived on the scene, the 35-year-old spared no expense marking Louis’ christening with a sentimental and very pricey gift. Keep reading to find out more about the book Harry gifted Louis and how it relates to the Duke of Sussex’s own childhood. 

Prince Harry loves kids

Prince Harry visits Abbey Road Studios
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The Duke of Sussex is a family man. More than that, he loves kids. In his duties as a high-ranking member of the British royal family, he is involved with a number of charities focusing on kids. Furthermore, his own charity, Sentebale, is all about bettering the lives of children.

Over the years, photographers have captured many sweet moments Harry’s shared with kids. As an uncle to the Cambridge kids; Louis, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte, Harry offers guidance and, of course, some fun. 

Prince Louis is christened in July 2018

Per royal tradition, newborns in the royal family are christened in the months immediately following their birth. Like his siblings before him, Louis’ christening was a big day for the royal family.

Cambridge family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Prince Louis' Christening
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Held at The Chapel Royal inside St. James’ Palace on July 9, 2018, Harry and Meghan were among the small number of guests at the ceremony. 

Prince Harry gives Prince Louis a rare ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ book

To mark the occasion, Harry gifted Louis a book he enjoyed as a child; Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, according to The Sun. A friend of Harry’s spoke with the publication, telling them the Duke of Sussex bought Louis a first edition copy printed in 1926. The cost of the purchase? Nearly $10,000. 

According to the unnamed “friend,” Harry initially wanted to give his nephew Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass but ended up going with Winnie-the-Pooh instead.

The book is part of a library for the Cambridge kids

Gifting Louis, Charlotte, and George is now a tradition of sorts. Harry’s friend told The Sun the copy of Winnie-the-Pooh is part of an effort to give the kids a library inspired by the times he spent reading with Diana. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge clap with their children
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“One of Harry’s happiest childhood memories was being read a bedtime story by his mother,” they said. “She loved all the old classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte, and George to enjoy as they get older.”

It is indeed a thoughtful and very sweet gift. Now the Cambridge kids can select books from their library given to them by Harry and read them with their parents Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. 

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