Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding is almost here. Those who know them well — and even those who don’t — are likely trying to figure out what to buy the couple. Some will opt for the extravagant while others might keep their gifts simple. However, there’s a possibility that no matter what they buy, it won’t be exactly what Markle and Prince Harry want. We’ll tell you why.
Here’s the gift Meghan Markle and Prince Harry really want for their royal wedding.
Wedding gifts are already coming in
During their first official joint visit to Wales in January 2018, Markle and Prince Harry received a sweet wedding gift. Two young students from Marlborough Primary School — named Megan and Harry — were chosen to present the couple with a unique gift. Markle and Prince Harry received a crafted Celtic spoon engraved with their initials, reports People.
Gifts have been streaming in for some time. Just two days after the pair announced their engagement back in November 2017, Prince William accepted a wedding gift on Markle and Prince Harry’s behalf.
Next: This will be a cakewalk.
Meghan’s close friend had this to say about shopping for the couple’s wedding gift
According to one of Markle’s close friends, shopping for her wedding gift will be a piece of cake. This is because she’s not overly focused on accumulating things, according to actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been friends with Markle since 2016.
“From what I have known of Meghan she is not someone who is materialistic. If you give her a book, she will be happy, as long as it’s thoughtful,” said Chopra in an interview with E! News.
Next: Here’s what they asked for.
The gift they requested
Those who have difficulty finding the right gift will likely breathe a sigh of relief. That’s because Markle and Prince Harry have asked well-wishers for donations instead of traditional wedding gifts.
“The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces,” according to a statement from Kensington Palace. “Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.”
Next: Here’s why a donation request was made.
Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry asked for this gift
Markle and Prince Harry are more concerned about how they can give to others rather than receiving from others. Entertainment Tonight reports a source told Mail Online, “Harry doesn’t want guests spending lots of time buying him extravagant presents, but he does want them to support his charity work.”
Next: Find out which charities the couple supports
The charities they’ve selected
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are encouraging donations to the following charities.
- CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association)
- Myna Mahila Foundation
- Scotty’s Little Soldiers
- Surfers Against Sewage
- The Wilderness Foundation UK
Next: They won’t be the first royal couple to ask for donations.
Another royal couple asked for this gift
Prince William and Kate Middleton requested donations when they got married in 2011. During that time, they set up the Charitable Gift Fund.
The couple chose 26 charities for their guests to send donations, and the fund raised more than one $1.3 million. Considering that Markle and Prince Harry are devoted to giving back, it’s not surprising they decided to follow suit.
Next: Wildly extravagant wedding gifts.
This is what Princess Diana and Prince Charles got for their wedding
Markle and Prince Harry asked for donations over presents since people tend to go overboard when it comes to gifts for the British royal family. For example, when Princess Diana and Prince Charles married, one of the gifts they received was an $8,000 Steuben glass bowl from Nancy and Ronald Reagan reports The New York Times. They also received an entire kitchen unit worth roughly $18,500 from a German company, an Art Deco-style clock from Cartier, and a silver-plated mousetrap.
Next: The donations the prince and princess made.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles donated this after their wedding
Princess Diana and Prince Charles received more than 6,000 wedding gifts. Since they received so many gifts, a person had to be designated to vet all the presents.
Some of the gifts were selected to go on display at St. James’s Palace and the cost of admission ($2.80 for adults and $1.50 for children), was donated to charities, according to The New York Times. In addition, the Edinburgh District Council promised to donate $92,500 to the Thistle Fund, a charity for the disabled.
Next: Following in Princess Diana’s footsteps.
Meghan Markle is following Princess Diana’s footsteps
Markle has fully embraced her royal duties. She’s already joining forces with Prince Harry to assist him with charitable causes. Most of their charity work has been very public and pictures of their trips can be seen in magazines, newspapers, and on the internet. However, Markle has chosen to also take part in more low-key charity work.
Markle recently made a secret trip to the Al Manaar community mosque to be with victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 71 people in London during the summer of 2017. The Telegraph notes Markle’s low-profile visit is similar to what Princess Diana used to do when she made secret visits to the homeless.
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