Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly returning $9M in wedding gifts
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly returning $9.3 million in wedding gifts because palace aides want to prevent people and companies from using the newlyweds for publicity, according to The Express.
The reason boils down to royal protocol. According to official guidelines, “The fundamental principle governing the acceptance of gifts by Members of The Royal Family is that no gifts, including hospitality or services, should be accepted which would, or might appear to, place the Member of The Royal Family under any obligation to the donor.”
The Express reports that one brand, Bags of Love, sent the couple matching bathing suits in hopes that they’ll wear them on their honeymoon.
Royal guidelines state that gifts offered from businesses in the U.K. “should normally be declined,” unless they’re a souvenir from an official visit or in celebration for a royal marriage or other personal occasion. But the royal’s decision to accept the present should be “contingent upon the enterprise undertaking not to exploit the gift for commercial purposes.”
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