Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Ask for Charity Donations, Not Gifts

The royal wedding will be celebrated with charitable donations.

One of the rites of passage for many engaged couples is putting together their wedding registry. In true form for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, instead of opting for a new toaster or a set of china, the couple decided to turn their royal affair into a chance to give back. Keep reading to see how the royals are helping spread their wedding cheer to the entire English community.

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Prince Harry — along with many of his royal family members — has become known worldwide for his penchant for charity, so it should come as little surprise that on one of the biggest days of his life, he would like to spread the goodwill to others less fortunate. Alongside his American bride-to-be, the couple released an official statement through Kensington Palace’s Twitter account on Monday that they 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, instead of sending a gift.”

The couple has chosen seven charities overall, each for a different reason:

1. CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association)

The Children’s HIV Association “supports children growing up with HIV and their families, across the UK and Ireland.”

2. Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless individuals in England which works closely “with thousands of people each year to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.”

3. Myna Mahila Foundation

The Myna Mahila Foundation is designed to empower women in Mumbai’s urban slums with personal and professional support networks, stable employment and accessible and low-cost menstrual supplies.

4. Scotty’s Little Soldiers

This charity is designed to help support bereaved children who lost a parent during their service in the British Armed Forces.

5. StreetGames

StreetGames “uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful.”

6. Surfers Against Sewage

This charity “is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity, which inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.”

7. The Wilderness Foundation UK

A multifaceted organization, the Wilderness Foundation UK “promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature. Through the great outdoors, the charity helps build resilience in vulnerable teenagers, introduces rural employment to urban youth, and brings science to life.”

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