Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the process of sending back about $12 million worth of wedding gifts that were received from guests and companies celebrating the royal occasion.
It seems people were all too excited for the royal union that they failed to listen to Harry and Meghan’s requests asking people donate to charity rather than gift them presents.
However that wasn’t the only problem, Kensington Palace also received an abundance of gifts from companies hoping to gain publicity from the couple which according to royal rules is simply not allowed.
For instance, any gifts from brands that include clothing or products sent in hopes that the royal couple will use them in public will need to be sent back.
“When gifts are accepted, the consent of the Member of the Royal Family should be contingent upon the enterprise undertaking not to exploit the gift for commercial purposes,” the official rules state.
Furthermore, “Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself.”
So, basically thanks but no thanks because if you sent them freebies the chances are high that it will be sent back or given to charity.
According to the Daily Star, Harry’s brother Prince William and wife Kate are believed to have sent back a whopping $53 million worth of free gifts since the time of their wedding and the births of their three children George, Charlotte and newly born Louis.