Don’t put them down for the KitchenAid Mixer and Le Creuset. For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, wedding gifts should come in the form of donations.
Kensington Palace made the announcement via Twitter on Monday, telling the world that Harry and Meghan will not be requesting traditional gifts from their many guests.
“Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” the palace said. “The couple have personally chosen 7 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.”
Their chosen organizations include Chiva, which raises money to assist families and children growing up with HIV, and Crisis, which benefits the homeless, a cause that Harry has continued on in his mother’s legacy. There’s also the Myna Mahila Foundation, a charity which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums, which Meghan has done significant work in the past. Next is Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which assists children who have lost a parent in the British Royal Forces, and StreetGames, a charity which uses sport to empower young people to kick-start a cycle of positive change in their own lives. The final charities are the Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature, and Surfers Against Sewage, a national marine conservation and campaigning organization.
At least they won’t end up with seven identical cake stands.
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