Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are returning nearly $10 million worth of wedding gifts.
The Royal couple got married a few weeks ago and specifically asked that no one give them gifts. I mean, come on, do you really think the Duke and Duchess need a new toaster oven? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked instead that guests and well-wishers donate to a charity. I like it. Very noble.
Well, hundreds of companies loaded Meghan with freebies in hopes they’d get free publicity. In England, they call it the “Markle Sparkle” effect. Clothing, shoes, and accessories sell out the same day she wears a fashion designer. The problem is, the Royal family has a strict set of rules that prohibit the Royal Family accepting a product that may have the appearance of an endorsement. It's called "influence-peddling," and a member of the Royal staff personally went through all of the gifts and set aside anything that didn't fit the rules. $10,000,000 worth of products, to be exact.
Prince Harry and Meghan named seven charities they wished friends would donate to. They also established a private wedding registry for family and close associates, but the rest of the stuff is getting donated to the various charities that the Royal couple supports.