Kensington Palace tweeted out a statement on behalf of the couple, explaining that the Prince and his finacée were “incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement” but would prefer donations to charity in lieu of wedding presents.
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. https://t.co/lzfrRmoeUv pic.twitter.com/nxrTZtIKBY
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018
The request doesn’t come as a huge surprise since the royal family has a very stringent policy on accepting gifts. Additionally, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry do nearly all of their public work in the service of charitable organizations.
According to the Palace, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have personally chosen seven charities “which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about.” Those charities encompass “women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.”
To see the full list of charities or to donate, click here.