Weeks before they were married, Harry and Meghan made it crystal clear they didn’t want wedding gifts and preferred that anyone who was feeling generous should instead donate to one of seven charities about which they are extremely passionate. But some people just don’t listen and think it’s better to ply the newlyweds with presents and ignore their simple request. And all you gift-givers really did was give the Sussexes’ staffers extra work as they have to clear it all out.
According to The Express, the piles of unsolicited gifts arriving at Kensington Palace are mostly from businesses, firms and celebrities and are just a ploy for some publicity. Though we think it’s safe to say that Harry and Meghan probably weren’t going to wear that “matching bikini and swimming trunk combo” on their honeymoon anyway.
Aside from having good taste, however, the main reason the Royals can’t receive freebies from people they do not personally know is simple: protocol. The official rules from the Palace state: “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.” Not to mention all the security concerns.
While we’re sure some of the millions of pounds in gifts are lovely with nothing but sweet intentions, we can’t even begin to consider just how much of the lot is self-serving.
Harry and Meghan aren’t total saints, though. They did curate a private gift list that was given to their family and closest friends, but they would’ve received those personally on the day of their wedding or prior to. The rest, from the randos around the world? Sorry, but they gotta go.