Harry and Meghan Might Return $12.3M In Wedding Gifts
Their reason is totally understandable.
It's a case of thanks but no thanks for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when it comes to some of their wedding gifts. And we're not talking about a few slow cookers and a dinner set. Nope -- they're reportedly set to return wedding gifts to the tune of $12.3M.
But before we all shout 'publicity stunt' the couple do have a very good reason. Before they tied the knot on May 19 in a fairy tale ceremony in Windsor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were very clear about their wedding gift rules. In lieu of presents the philanthropic duo requested that guests and well-wishers donate to seven key charities.
It seems like many didn't play by the rules, with the royal newlyweds receiving millions of dollars worth of swag. Awkies. Along with Harry and Meghan's personal policy the royal household also has a set of gift-giving guidelines that back up their decision to return to sender.
The guidelines state that, 'no gifts, including hospitality or services, should be accepted which would, or might appear to, place the Member of The Royal Family under any obligation to the donor.' This sounds very official but basically means that Haz, Megs and co. have to be very careful about accepting presents as it could give the impression that they're personally endorsing said present.
So our hopes of sending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a whole heap of ten daily-branded gear have come to naught. And don't expect to see the pair sporting these personalised swimmers from British brand Bags Of Love on their honeymoon either. As per the guidelines, 'gifts offered by commercial enterprises in the UK should normally be declined.'
The only person who appears to be exempt from the no-present rule is Her Majesty herself. The Queen is known for gifting members of the royal family parts of the royal estate upon their marriage. In 2011 she bestowed Anmer Hall in Norfolk upon grandson Prince William and his new wife Kate Middleton. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now raising their three children at the country estate.
It's speculated that Harry and Meghan will receive a nice new home, York Cottage, from the Queen's Sandringham Estate. We suspect Harry and Meghan will make an exception for this particular pressie and who would blame them? We wouldn't say no to a royal residence either.
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