Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Asking Royal Wedding Guests for Charitable Donations in Lieu of Gifts


Kensington Palace announced on Monday that the lovebirds are hoping guests will donate to one of seven charities they hand-selected.

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot on May 19, they aren't expecting any gifts.

Kensington Palace announced on Monday that in lieu of royal wedding presents, the lovebirds are hoping that their expected 600 guests, as well as anyone else who wants to send something to the couple, will make a donation to one of seven charities they selected.

"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," a statement posted to Twitter reads. "The couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces."

The charities include Chiva Projects, which aims to create a hopeful future for children growing up with HIV and their families, Crisis U.K., the national charity helping people out of homelessness, and the Myna Mahila Foundation, which empowers women in Mumbai's slums through access to employment and menstrual hygiene products. The latter is especially close to Meghan, who visited the foundation last January and wrote a piece on her experience for TIME.

Other charities include Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports the children of men and women whose lives were lost while serving in the British Armed Forces, StreetGames, a national sports charity that helps young people in the U.K.'s most disadvantaged areas, Surfers Against Sewage, and The Wilderness Foundation U.K.

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