Instead Of Gifts, Harry And Meghan Requested Donations To These 7 Charities

I’m not exactly sure about royal wedding etiquette, as I’ve never been invited to one, but I’m pretty sure it would be difficult to come up with an ideal gift for the couple who already have wealth beyond their wildest imagining. In recognition of this unique problem, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to stick to tradition, asking their guests to donate to a selection of charities in place of presents.

Last month, Kensington Palace said in a statement:

“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit. The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.”

This was probably the most sensible choice, as it would have been a pretty bad look if they’d gone for a wishing well to fund their honeymoon to Bali or some other kind of crap like that.

The couple selected a range of causes, ranging from international aid to homelessness and the environment. If you’re interested in making a donation, the causes they’ve chosen are below.

It bears mentioning, of course, that many of these charities are UK-based, but this list could also serve as inspiration, or a jumping-off point to find some local equivalents if you’re feeling charitable:

The Myna Mahila Foundation, based in India, aims to create a network of female entrepreneurs and break down taboos around topics like menstruation.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children who have lost a parent serving in the British armed forces.

Street Games is a charity for community sporting organisations.

CHIVA supports children growing up with HIV and AIDS, and their families.

Crisis is a charity that raises funds to help the homeless with housing and mental health.

Surfers Against Sewage is dedicated to curbing pollution in our oceans.

The Wilderness Foundation aims to teach conservation values to young people.

And if you’re looking for Christmas gifts for your nerdy mates, we’ve got a list just for you.