While their 2018 wedding was showered with love and extravagant presents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were unable to keep any of the lavish gifts. Royal protocol, it seems, has different rules for gift-giving.
Though the couple politely requested donations to their chosen charities instead of wedding presents, well-wishers from around the world couldn’t resist sending tokens of their affection. The result? A staggering £7 million (nearly $9 million) worth of gifts that, much to the couple’s dismay, had to be returned.
Strict royal protocol prohibits members of the family from accepting personal gifts from members of the public. This extends to even the heartfelt offerings from devoted fans who lined the streets of Windsor Castle on the couple’s big day. While their enthusiasm was certainly appreciated, the gifts had to be politely declined and returned to their senders.
Despite the limitations, Harry and Meghan’s wedding remains a symbol of their joyful union and the outpouring of public affection they received. While they couldn’t keep the physical tokens, the love and good wishes of millions undoubtedly hold a special place in their hearts.
This incident highlights the unique challenges faced by the royal family. While their lives are filled with privilege and public adoration, it also comes with a strict set of rules and protocols that can sometimes seem at odds with personal desires.
Nevertheless, Harry and Meghan continue to navigate their roles within the royal family while focusing on their philanthropic endeavors and raising their young family. And although their wedding gifts may have found their way back to their senders, the warmth and sincerity they represent remain a cherished memory for the couple and the public alike.