All the Gifts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Received for Their Royal Wedding, Plus What They Got from Donald Trump and Melania
It’s a common enough question: What do you give a newlywed couple who already has everything? Like other wealthy royals before them, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle requested only charitable donations for royal wedding gifts. Their preferred charity list included those that help HIV patients, homeless people, and bereaved armed forces children.
But inevitably, other wedding gifts have been trickling in for the newlyweds. Here we’ll look at some notable things they have received. See the James Bond-inspired gift from France (page 5) and the wedding present Donald and Melania Trump decided to send (page 8).
1. A cottage in the countryside
The queen is reportedly giving her grandson and new granddaughter-in-law a stately home called York Cottage on her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England. Far from a “cottage,” the large residence used to be the home of King George V and Queen Mary.
Likewise, the queen bestowed a property, Anmer Hall, on Prince William and Kate Middleton on the same property when they wed in 2011. The sprawling estate is about 110 miles northeast of Kensington Palace in London.
Next: A less practical yet historic gift
2. New royal titles
Not one to stop with just giving away a house, the queen also gave the newlyweds royal titles as a wedding present. The two are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The queen announced the news the morning of the wedding. She also gave Harry Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel titles, to be used in Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively.
Although Meghan does not have an official princess title, she is a princess in that she’s married to a prince.
Next: A gift Meghan will wear every day
3. Gold for her wedding ring
Her Royal Highness also threw in some gold: a sliver of Welsh gold for her wedding ring. It comes from the same gold nugget that has formed the wedding rings of the queen, her mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and Princess Diana. Meghan used it to have her wedding band made by London jeweler Cleave and Company.
Britain’s Privy Purse holds the remainder of the gold nugget, which amounts to a minute sliver.
Next: She may have been caught sleeping, but she gave a thoughtful gift.
4. Custom Wonderbags from Lesotho royalty
Prince Seeiso and Princess Mabereng of South African country Lesotho attended the wedding and presented the newlyweds with custom Wonderbags. These non-electric, portable slow cookers were invented in South Africa. They are designed to help women and children access food in the midst of fuel shortages and deforestation.
Princess Mabereng was the one caught sleeping during the wedding ceremony — or at least it looked like it to many Twitter users. Perhaps the royal was simply looking down from her seat, directly behind the choir.
Next: A 007 gift from France
5. 007 goods from Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron went all James Bond on the royal couple, giving them a gift from lighter and pen manufacturer S.T. Dupont’s 007 Collection. It includes two engraved pens, a lighter, and a vanity case. This keeps with France’s tradition of giving British royal newlyweds gifts of this sort.
In 1947, the president of France gifted newlyweds Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip a Moroccan Blue travel case from the same manufacturer. Likewise, the country’s president did the same for Prince William and Kate Middleton when they tied the knot in 2011.
Next: Harry’s gift to Meghan
6. Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring
Meghan received two rings on her wedding day. She left for her evening reception at Frogmore House wearing an aquamarine cocktail ring which had belonged to Princess Diana. The groom gave it to his bride because of its special significance.
In 1997, Diana wore the emerald-cut gemstone to an auction of some of her wardrobe items at Christie’s. Prince Harry’s mother also paired it with a matching bracelet featuring an aquamarine and pearls.
Next: Maybe their least expected gift?
7. Baby koalas bearing their names
The newlyweds were probably surprised to hear two baby koalas now bear their name at a zoo near Sydney, Australia. A regional government there announced the gift, and the leader told local media the couple was welcome see them on their next visit to the continent.
In addition, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Twitter the government donated $5,000 toward preserving koala habitats.
Next: What Trump gave
8. Charity donation from the Trumps
Despite not being invited to the wedding, America’s president and first lady gave a gift to Harry and Meghan — in the form of a charitable contribution.
“President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the seven charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts,” White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters told Us Weekly the day before the wedding.
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