A Royal wedding is not a regular occurrence, hence the main components of these events typically aren’t open to the public. Despite this restriction, people still line up on the streets, hoping to get a glimpse of the royal couple on their way to and from their ceremony.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day was no different. Thousands of their fans stepped out to cheer on the bride and groom as they arrived in sleek cars and even stayed to watch the newlyweds depart in a horse-drawn carriage. Apart from the fans and thousands of blessings, a Royal nuptial is not complete without the Royal protocol.
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Had To Return $9 Million In Wedding Gifts
On their big day, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received almost $9 million worth of wedding gifts. At the time of their wedding, the couple’s net worth was estimated to be around $10 million. But the couple were unable to accept the majority of these gifts except several donations that the Royals had publicized before the D-day.
Contributions were sent to thousands of charities that the couple felt fervent about, including Scotty’s Little Soldiers, CHIVA, StreetGames, Crisis, Myna Mahalia Foundation, Surfers Against Sewage, and The Wilderness Foundation UK.
Several world leaders also donated to charities in the couple’s honor as a wedding gift, including the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who donated $50,000 to Jumpstart, a charity that helps make sports accessible to disadvantaged kids. Also, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern donated $5,000 to Pillars, an organization that supports the children and families of prisoners in the country.
Why Did Meghan And Harry Have To Return The Wedding Gifts?
Unlike any other married couple, the Royal pair had to return these gifts. The Royal protocol dictated that many of the gifts sent from fans from around the world had to be sent back, solely because of safety reasons. Members of the royal family are forbidden to accept any gifts from a member of the public in person as well.
The couple was forced to send back millions of pounds worth of gifts after it was reported that companies sent them the wedding presents only for publicity, according to a source that told The Mirror. It is strictly restricted for a member of the monarchy to accept any gift that could be seen as advertising, as anything linked to the royals sells out immediately
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