Prince Harry has gifted his newest nephew Prince Louis a first edition Winnie-the-Pooh book — worth a cool £8,000, or around $14,000 — as a Christening present. Now, when you’re royalty, you don’t really need to justify purchasing your nephews nice things, but Harry has a few good reasons why he ponied up such a pretty penny for a kid who can’t even understand the concept of words yet, let alone read them.
The real reason for the extravagant present isn’t because Harry’s an A.A. Milne superfan, which he admittedly is (who isn’t, though?), or because he wants to be ‘the cool uncle.’ The book will be the start of an exclusive library for Louis and his siblings, in honour of their late grandmother, Princess Diana, who adored the classics and often read to Harry as a child.
A friend of the 33-year-old’s told the Sun: “One of Harry’s happiest childhood memories was being read a bedtime story by his mother. She loved all the old classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte and George to enjoy as they get older.”
So, in keeping with the tradition of helping raise well-read children, the Duke of Sussex went with one of his personal favourites and bought the 1926 book, which is one of 30,000 printed.
“He originally wanted to get Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass, which was on sale for £24,000, but decided Winnie-The-Pooh would be more suitable for a first tome,” the source told the Sun. “Robinson Crusoe was William’s favourite book, but Harry loved all things A.A. Milne.”
Prince Louis got his new storybook when he was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during a private ceremony at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.
It may be some time before the newborn is able or allowed to turn the precious pages himself, but his generous Uncle Harry will no doubt read it to him when he’s old enough to listen. Just like his mother did for him.