There is only one month left before the second son of the Prince of Wales, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, finally takes a wife. Prince Harry, currently fifth in the line of the British royal succession (after his dad Charles, his elder brother William and his nephew and niece) is all set to marry American actress Meghan Markle in May, and elements of their wedding ceremony take cues from the engaged couple’s mutual interest in humanitarian work. After all, that would explain why they are forgoing traditional wedding gifts in lieu of charitable donations from their guests.
E! News Online tells us that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would like to make things easier for their wedding guests by telling them the one thing they want for gifts from all of them. Rather than bringing presents in kind, they are encouraging donations to their favored charity organizations instead. Their wishes were made know by an official statement posted on the official Twitter page of Kensington Palace, the prince’s official residence and soon to be his bride’s as well. It stated that all who wish to mark the occasion can just make a donation rather than bring gifts.
The statement further says that the couple has been “incredibly grateful” for the goodwill of their supporters since the announcement of their marriage. It is well known that initial news of their engagement was mixed, with a critical minority noting Markle being not only American but mixed-race, since her father was Caucasian and her mother, African-American. Because of the strength of support for their coming union, the two would like for as many people as possible to benefit from the generosity of spirit shown them, as the tweet further explains.
Some of the organizations listed to be recipients of any donation for Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding well-wishers include the Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA), Surfers Against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK. The Kensington Palace statement makes clear that the engaged couple have no formal connections with the charities, and that they were “personally selected” due to values shared between all of them. Markle has earlier stated that following her marriage to Prince Harry she was retiring from acting and will focus more on her humanitarian initiatives which she had started even in the middle of her career. For Harry’s part, he is a prominent patron of environment-focused charitable institutions.
Engaged on November 27, 2017, Prince Harry and Markle will wed on May 19 this year. To prepare for the marriage, the actress has already been baptized and confirmed into the Church of England as of March 6, and is in the middle of being naturalized as a British citizen.
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