Some Baby Gifts Given to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Technically Belong to the Queen — Here’s Why

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle anxiously await the arrival of their firstborn child, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already received quite a few gifts for their royal-to-be.

However, the gifts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive for their child while on official business don’t technically belong to them. Find out why, ahead.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby gifts

Whether it be before or after the baby’s arrival — or even down the line once their child is a bit older — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly can’t keep gifts given to them by world leaders, fans, or other well-wishers while representing the queen on official duties. According to the royal rules, all gifts given to royal family members while on official business are accepted on behalf of the queen, which means she technically owns the items.

However, Her Majesty is not terrible and would never take a gift from her family members, let alone her great-grandbaby. Plus, there are some other more logistical reasons why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wouldn’t be allowed to keep certain gifts for Baby Sussex though.

Royal family gifting protocol

The royal family, understandably, has a strict gifting protocol — especially when it comes to accepting gifts from the public.

According to the royal family’s gift guidelines, “there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself.” That means, should a royal family member receive a gift, the royal family’s security team carefully examines it first. Once determined safe, the royals might accept the gift, so long as it equals less than $200. If they can’t use the accepted gift, they might donate it to charity or potentially discard it.

That said, if a royal accepts a gift from a world leader, the circumstances are a little different. Depending on the item, some of the gifts given to them while on official business might go into storage (if a royal can’t use it). But, to avoid storage costs, a panel of Royal Collection representatives and a senior member of the royal household review the collection every year and decide what to keep, what to loan, what to donate, and what to get rid of.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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If the duke and duchess can’t use a gift given to the royal baby by a world leader, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely donate the item to an appropriate charity. Additionally, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already asked in advance that, in lieu of gifts, the public consider donating to charities close to their heart. According to a post shared earlier this week, their request raised money and items for Baby2Baby, Well Child, The Lunchbox Fund, and Little Village HQ.

Tackling the issue of gifts from the public ahead of time not only allows for less time spent sifting through items for security reasons but also for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to use this exciting time in their lives to spread some love to organizations and inspire their fans to give back to their communities.

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