Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced today that they’re asking for charitable donations instead of wedding gifts.
The statement, from Kensington Palace, announced that Harry and Meghan are ‘incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit.
The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.’
Prince William and Kate raised an astonishing £1,058,367 for the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund at their wedding back in 2011 – helping out 26 of their chosen charities.
Harry and Meghan have personally selected seven organisations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values as a couple.
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. Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.’
The charities Harry and Meghan have chosen are: CHIVA, Crisis, Myna Mahlia Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK.
The couples charitable wish list is in stark contrast to what Harry and William’s parents asked for when they tied the knot. It was reported by the New York Times back in 1981 that Charles and Diana had a very specific gift list at a shop in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood. “Friends wishing to see the list must first be approved by Buckingham Palace,” the Times reported.
Among the reported items on the couple’s wish list were garden furniture, a wine cooler, ceramic candlesticks and a pair of breakfast-in-bed trays.
If you’d like to read more about Harry and Meghan’s chosen charities and how to make a donation yourself – take a look here.