Typically, guests give envelopes filled with money to the bride and groom when they go to a wedding. But, to no surprise, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to do things a bit differently when it comes to their wedding gifts for their Saturday, May 19 nuptials.
Many are predicting that the two will, instead of accepting gifts, set up a wedding fund so all attendees could donate to charity. "Harry doesn't want guests spending lots of time buying him extravagant presents, but he does want them to support his charity work," a source told Daily Mail. How sweet of him!
It seems Harry wants to follow in his big brother Prince William's footsteps! At his April 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton, the duo chose to set up a Charitable Gift Fund where guests could donate to the 26 different charities that they chose, and the duo raised nearly $1.4 million!
At the time, Clarence House released a statement saying, "Having been touched by the goodwill shown them since the announcement of their engagement, Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund. Many of the charities are little known, without existing royal patronage, and undertake excellent work within specific communities. They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date."
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We honestly can't imagine that Harry and Meghan wouldn't do the same as Will and Kate. They both have expressed how invested they are in charity. Harry, 33, is the patron of many charities he set up with his brother and sister-in-law, and back when Meghan, 36, was an actress on Suits, she was a UN advocate and Global Ambassador for World Vision. We may not be invited to their upcoming wedding — but we'd still donate to their causes!
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