It was widely known prior to their May 19th nuptials that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not want to receive any wedding gifts. They had asked, instead, that any money guests would have spent on presents be donated to charity. At the time, the internet went wild over the beneficence of the couple and praised their magnanimity.
But, as you might suspect, not everyone followed along with the wishes of the bride and room and hundreds of lavish tokens of good will have arrived at the Palace. You can forgive a good friend's wish to give something personal to Harry and Meghan, but when it is more than that, there is strict Royal protocol on how it should be handled. And it does NOT include keeping the bestowals.
According to the Daily Star, “Kensington Palace has been bombarded with gift boxes and parcels for the newlyweds. Some firms and stars are posting presents in an attempt to get free publicity.”
Yes, that’s right. Businesses are sending tokens to the newlyweds in the hopes of receiving free advertising. Under these circumstances, it’s understandable that the Royal Family would be quite circumspect.
Royal guidelines state: “Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself.”
And it’s up to an officially appointed royal panel to decide if some of the packages will be donated to charities or returned outright. And if you think seven million pounds worth of booty is a lot, then you should see how much William and Kate received since their wedding in 2011.
“Prince William, 35, and his wife Kate, 36, are believed to have turned down more than £30 million worth of free gear.
“The Palace overflowed with children’s items after the births of Prince George, four, Charlotte, three, and newborn Prince Louis, including cots, cars, and gems.
“Courtiers have spent hours sending back parcels from around the world.”
So, the next time you think it would be a good idea to send a gift to anyone in the Royal Family, you might as well just give it directly to a charity . . . because that is likely where it will end up anyway!
Prince Harry’s and his new bride, Duchess Meghan are known for their charitable side. To learn about the very first philanthropic act of their married life, watch the video, below.