When you’re planning a wedding it’s one of the big conundrums, do you have a gift registry, do you ask for cold hard cash or do you ask for nothing and see what you get.
But it seems Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have all the bone china and saucepans they need as they have instead asked people to make a donation to charity instead ahead of their wedding next month.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace, the couple have say they are “incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown” since news of their engagement and “are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit”.
The move follows on from brother Prince William when he married Kate Middleton in 2011 who also shunned tradition and asked for charitable donations.
The couple have selected seven charities close to their heart and ask that anyone who wishes to mark the occasion will donate to charity in lieu of sending a gift.
Their chosen charities include:
CHIVA (Children's HIV Association)
The Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) supports children growing up with HIV and their families, across the UK and Ireland. The charity aims to enhance the wellbeing of children and young people with HIV and to create a more hopeful and optimistic future for them, ensuring they achieve their greatest potential.
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. The charity helps people directly out of homelessness, working side by side with thousands of people each year to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.
Myna Mahila Foundation is a charity which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums, by providing them with a trusted network, where they are supported professionally and personally to help them grow as individuals and businesswomen. Myna offers women from these communities stable employment close to their homes, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene by offering women access to low cost sanitary pads and accurate information at their doorstep. Providing mothers in the community with these products helps them equip their daughters to stay in school. The pads are manufactured and distributed by women from these communities. The charity also empowers its staff through training in women's health, English, Math, and life skills such as self-defence.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is the charity for bereaved Armed Forces children. Inspired by the experience of war widow Nikki Scott, the charity offers vital support to children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.
StreetGames uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful. StreetGames uses sport to empower young people to kick-start a cycle of positive change in their own lives that resonates across their communities.
Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity, which inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
The Wilderness Foundation UK promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature. Through the great outdoors, the charity helps build resilience in vulnerable teenagers, introduces rural employment to urban youth, and brings science to life.