The disappointments are piling up for the Sussex couple. Our British colleagues from Daily Express just revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were required to return a significant portion of the gifts given to them at their wedding in 2018. As a reminder, during their royal wedding, fans gathered in the streets near Windsor Castle in the hope of seeing the newlyweds. As is often the case, admirers wanted to offer them gifts to celebrate the special day of Archie and Lilibeth’s future parents, but a little-known rule prohibited the couple from accepting them.
Before the wedding, an official statement was sent to fans wishing to give the couple a gift, asking them to send it to Kensington Palace instead of taking it to Windsor Castle. In previous reports, Kensington Palace said: “The acceptance of gifts by a member of the royal family is subject to the condition that the company undertakes not to exploit the gift for commercial purposes.” This rule means that no member of the royal family is allowed to accept gifts if they are likely to be used for advertising purposes.
It was previously reported that the Sussex couple were forced to return gifts worth an estimated £7 million to their senders. Additionally, beyond wedding presents, sending gifts to members of the royal family is subject to a specific protocol. According to the Firm’s official website, its members are only authorized to accept as gifts in the form of food or flowers worth less than £150.
The website also states a rule regarding donations of money to the royal familyspecifying that it is authorized to accept checks for charity, but that no link should be established with any official function or commitment. During their wedding, Harry and Meghan Markle had thus encouraged their admirers to make donations to a series of associations charities rather than sending them gifts. They had mentioned organizations such as the Children’s HIV Association, Crisis (helping the homeless) and Scotty’s Little Soldiers (supporting children who have lost a parent in the British armed forces).
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