Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot later this year, and now it's been confirmed they will copy Kate Middleton and Prince William when it comes to their wedding gifts.
But while Prince Harry’s special day will be a bit different from his big brother’s – unlike William, he’s saying ‘I do’ at Windsor Castle, not Westminster Abbey – there’s one thing the pair are likely to copy from Kate and Wills 2011 nuptials.
When they got married almost seven years ago, the couple requested guests would make a charitable donation instead of giving them a wedding present.
The pair are tying the knot in a just a few months
A statement issued by Clarence House at the time said: ‘Having been touched by the goodwill shown them since the announcement of their engagement, Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund.
‘Many of the charities are little known, without existing royal patronage, and undertake excellent work within specific communities.
‘They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date.’
They were able to raise over a million pounds for their Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund, and the money was donated to 26 different charities – including Association for Children’s Palliative Care (ACT), BeatBullying and Army Widows Association.
Harry and Meghan announced they were engaged in November
Now it’s been confirmed that the pair will follow Kate and Wills’ example, and have requested anyone who would like to give them a wedding gift that they donate to a charity instead.
‘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’, a post on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account read.
The couple picked seven organisations which are not officially affiliated with them, but that represent issues that they’re passionate about.
The post continued: ‘Prince Harry and Ms. Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. 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 picked are CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association); Crisis, the national charity for homeless people; Myna Mahila Foundation, which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums; Scotty’s Little Soldiers for bereaved Armed Forces children; StreetGames, which helps young people though sports; national marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage; and The Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature.
The news follows speculation that the couple would follow in the footsteps of William and Kate, and ask their guests to donate to charity instead of receiving gifts.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told the Huffington Post earlier this year: ‘As charitable activists, [they] are far more interested in their charities benefiting from their wedding.
‘I don’t think they will be having the traditional numbers of royal gifts; rather they will continue the tradition William and Kate have started.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American actress best known for her role in the hit TV show Suits, announced they were engaged to be married last November.
Quickly after they revealed they would be trying the knot on 19th May 2018, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.