Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are asking all their wedding well-wishers to donate to charity instead of sending a gift. It’s customary for the members of the royal family who are getting married to favour donations over presents, and the Prince and the Duchess-to-be have chosen seven charities close to their hearts.
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.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018
“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,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on Twitter.
Their first chosen charity is CHIVA, which supports children afflicted with HIV. The charity ensures children have promising futures by teaching them the skills they will need to live to their fullest potential. Prince Harry is continuing his mother Princess Diana’s efforts to raise awareness about HIV.
Dr. Amanda Williams, Chair of CHIVA said in a statement, “We are delighted and honoured that Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to recognize our work supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV in the UK and Ireland.”
Homelessness was another issue close to Princess Diana’s heart, so it’s no surprise the couple has chosen Crisis, a U.K.-based charity that helps people out of homelessness. The organization campaigns to solve the problems of homelessness and help impact laws. With 11 centers across England, Scotland and Wales, they are grateful to be chosen by Harry and Meghan.
“Donations will help us to 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,” the chief executive Jon Sparks said.
Next up is @MynaMahila, which empowers women in Mumbai's slums by providing them with a trusted network, stable employment & the chance to grow as individuals & businesswomen, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene. https://t.co/suzul1y9cw pic.twitter.com/eIG3GP6bW7— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018
Next is the Myna Mahila Foundation that helps breaks the stigma of menstrual hygiene in India. The charity helps empower women and provides them with stable employment. The organization proudly manufactures and sells affordable sanitary pads to women from the slums of Mumbai. In 2017, Meghan traveled to Mumbai and Delhi and worked closely with the woman and girls directly impacted by the stigma surrounding menstruation.
“During my time in the field, many girls shared that they feel embarrassed to go to school during their periods, ill equipped with rags instead of pads, unable to participate in sports, and without bathrooms available to care for themselves, they often opt to drop out of school entirely,” Markle wrote in an article for Time.com
The couple has also chosen Scotty’s L Soldiers, a charity that offers support to children who have lost a parent that served in the British Armed Forces. The military charity provides activities and counselling to the children with the mission to help make them smile again. As a veteran of the British army himself, Harry often supports causes that directly help veterans and their families.
Also selected is @StreetGames, a charity which uses sport to empower young people to kick-start a cycle of positive change in their own lives. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle visited one of the charity's projects together in Cardiff earlier this year. https://t.co/UPY6Nyt2k6 pic.twitter.com/0XQJOL6iNj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018
Meghan and Harry have picked StreetGames, a charity they happened to visit on their trip to Cardiff in January. The charity uses sports to empower young people to create positive change in their lives. The charity helps kids in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the U.K.
“All of us at StreetGames are absolutely thrilled to have been personally chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Markle. It’s a great honour to have our work using sport to change lives and communities recognized in this way,” said Jane Ashworth OBE, the CEO of StreetGames.
They have also chosen Surfers Against Sewage, a national marine conservation and campaigning charity. The organization protects U.K. oceans, beaches and wildlife. The group is ecstatic the royal couple has selected them as one of their charities, writing, “The couple has selected issues that they are passionate about, which is a huge testament and amazing recognition of our volunteers and supporters. “
Finally, the couple chose Wilderness Foundation, a charity that uses the great outdoors in order to change lives. The foundation creates rural employment opportunities to youth and protects the U.K. wilderness.
HRH joins pupils from a local school who are taking part in a 'Survival and Nature Connection' nature immersion programme. pic.twitter.com/HgBH0wjibN— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 14, 2017
Prince Harry last visited the Chatham Green Project, a conservation run by the Wilderness Foundation, in September 2017. Harry has personally worked in conservation encouraging young people to get involved with the environment.
Jo Roberts, CEO of The Wilderness Foundation UK, said, “We are deeply touched and honoured that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to support The Wilderness Foundation and its beneficiaries… It has never been more important for us as humans to protect the planet that gives us life.”Meghan MarklePrince HarryRoyals