Here’s Why Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Are Forgoing Wedding Gifts

Apr 9, 2018 at 6:08 p.m. ET
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If you thought picking out a gift for your soon-to-be sister-in-law was tough, imagine having to pick out a gift fit for a royal. Luckily for attendees, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to make it simple: They would just like a donation to charity.

The palace made the announcement on Twitter (how modern!), saying: “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.”

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Markle and the prince have selected seven charities for contribution for those wishing to celebrate their union. They are:

  • CHIVA, “which supports children growing up with HIV and their families. The charity helps to create a more hopeful and optimistic future for them, ensuring they achieve their greatest potential,” according to the palace.
  • Crisis, the national charity for the more than 160,000 homeless people in the U.K.

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  • Myna Mahila Foundation, which helps to provide menstrual hygiene products for women living in Mumbai’s slums. Markle wrote about menstrual stigma and how it keeps girls out of school for Time magazine in 2017.
  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which offers support to children who have lost a parent who was serving in the British Armed Forces.
  • StreetGames, which uses sports as a way to aid children living in disadvantaged communities.
  • Surfers Against Sewage, which unites communities to protect beaches, oceans and wildlife.
  • Wilderness Foundation, which promotes wild nature and builds resilience in disadvantaged youth through wilderness therapy and leadership programs.

We admire the promotion of such beautiful charities. And at least we won’t need to decide between a candle and a toaster.

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