The British royal wedding is swiftly approaching, and everyone is excited — probably no one more than the couple themselves: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Meghan and Harry made clear the only gift they want, but it likely won’t be the only gift they receive. People have a history of gifting the royal family some unconventional presents — just look at what London gave to Kate Middleton and Prince William (page 7).
Meghan has already received her first official gifts
Members of the royal family are presented gifts by other royals like the King and Queen of Spain come holiday time. Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got engaged in November 2017, Meghan spent her first Christmas as a part of the royal family in December and benefited from perks like these official gifts.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were given two jackets, two leather holdall bags, two leather belt-bags, two zipped pouches, two passport holders, and two baseball caps, the BBC reported.
Next: Here’s what Meghan can expect on her wedding day.
She can expect some odd gifts on her wedding day
Markle already received an unconventional holiday gift — an apron — and that’s just the beginning of it. The royal family has received some seriously weird presents in the past, including self-portraits, chef outfits, and a “ceremonial hook boomerang.”
Next: Here’s what Meghan and Harry asked for
The couple asked for charitable donations
Kensington Palace announced the wedding gifts Prince Harry and Meghan really want; charitable donations to select causes they care about. The couple chose seven charities that “represent a range of issues that they are passionate about.”
Neither Harry nor Meghan has a professional relationship with any of the charities. “Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
Next: This is where the public can give back
This is where anyone can donate
Prince Harry and Meghan chose an array of different charities, each with its own unique mission.
Among the places fans and friends can donate are Crisis, a homeless charity; the Myna Mahila Foundation, a women empowerment charity in Mumbai; Scotty’s Little Soldiers, for bereaved Armed Forces; StreetGames, a sports-focused organization for young people; The Wilderness Foundation UK, which helps conserve wild nature; and Surfers Against Sewage, a marine conservation charity.
Next: If Kate and Will’s wedding was any indication, here’s how gift-giving will go.
Kate and Will set up a charitable fund, as well
Kate Middleton and Prince William asked for donations instead of wedding gifts, too … but that didn’t stop people from giving them random and luxurious gifts as well.
The Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund included 26 different organizations that represented multiple categories. These included “Changing Lives through Arts and Sport” and “Children Fulfilling Their Potential.” According to St. James’s Palace, it raised about $1.7 million in honor of the couple’s nuptials.
Next: You won’t believe the bizarre gifts people gave Kate and Will.
They also received a cocker spaniel …
If Kate and Will’s wedding was any indication, Meghan and Harry are in for some interesting surprise gifts … whether they ask for them or not.
Kate’s brother, James Middleton, gave the couple Lupo, a cocker spaniel. The 6-year-old pup appeared in Prince George’s official family portraits.
Next: Potentially the most obscure gift they received.
… And a tandem bike
If you’re going to ride off into the sunset then you may as well do so on a gift from the mayor. London’s mayor Boris Johnson gave Kate and Will a tandem bicycle to celebrate the start of their married life together.
“I look forward to seeing the newlyweds on tandem wheels as they start their new life in Anglesey,” he told the Trafalgar Square crowd. Mayor Johnson had the honor of bestowing the royals with the gift, which was technically from the people of the capital.
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