Meghan Markle and Prince Harry continue to make their own traditions. A new statement reveals why they don't want wedding gifts.
Prince Harry And Meghan Give Back
In the statement, the royal palace says that the future newlyweds want their guests to make a donation to one of their selected charities rather than give them gifts.
“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,” states the palace on social media.
It goes on to say that the couple pre-selected seven charities they hope guests will donate to in celebration of their wedding. The organizations “[include] sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.”
The Couple's Fight Against HIV
On the list of charities is the Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA), which assists families raising children with the diagnosis in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The charity in the list was reportedly a nod to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who was very vocal and involved in spreading HIV and AIDS awareness.
The Chair of CHIVA, Amanda Williams, said in a statement that the organization is “delighted and honored” that the couple would urge their wedding guests to give to its cause. She pointed out that while it is a small organization, it assists more than 1,000 children who are impacted by HIV.
“All donations will make a significant difference to our programs to work and lead to direct improvements in the lives of these young people,” added Williams.
Prince Harry And Meghan Battle Homelessness
Also on the list is Crisis, an organization that helps the homeless. This was another cause that was important to the late Princess Diana.
The Chief Executive of Criss, Jon Sparkes, released a statement on behalf of the organization and said it is “hugely grateful” for Markle and Prince Harry’s generosity. He added that the group will continue to make strides to end homelessness, and that the money received will go toward that.
“Donations will help us support more people to leave homelessness behind through our housing, employment, education and advice services across the country, and to campaign for the changes needed to solve the homelessness crisis once and for all.”
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