Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Wish List Has 7 Things on It
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be walking down the aisle in a matter of months, but their gift registry is surprisingly bare. In lieu of traditional physical presents, the couple is asking for something much more charitable.
Meghan and Harry have chosen seven charities that they're passionate about, and they would like guests and well-wishers to donate instead of buying them gifts.
"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," said a statement released by Kensington Palace on Monday.
"Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have personally selected seven organizations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces. Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work."
Scroll through the 7 charities below and consider donating in honor of the royal wedding.
1. CHIVA (Children's HIV Association)
"We are delighted and honored that Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to recognize our work supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV in the UK and Ireland," said Chair of CHIVA Dr. Amanda Williams in the Kensington Palace release.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness of the complex issues for young people growing up with HIV. We are a very small charity and through our work we support over 1,000 young people living with HIV. All donations will make a significant difference to our programs of work and lead to direct improvements in the lives of these young people."
“We are hugely grateful that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are asking the public to support Crisis as they celebrate their wedding. Homelessness is one of the most urgent issues of our time, but at Crisis we know what it takes to end it," said Chief Executive of Crisis Jon Sparkes.
"Donations will help us to support more people to leave homelessness behind through our housing, employment, education and advice services across the country, and to campaign for the changes needed to solve the homelessness crisis once and for all.”
3. Myna Mahila Foundation
"Myna Mahila Foundation is delighted to be a part of this special occasion for Ms. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," said founder Suhani Jalota. "This support will enable us to expand our reach into more urban slums in Mumbai, empowering local women through access to menstrual hygiene products and employment opportunities."
4. Scotty's Little Soldiers
“To have been personally chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is an incredible honor for Scotty’s Little Soldiers and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity," said founder Nikki Scott. "Having met Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace last year, I know that the Armed Forces and looking after the children our heroes have left behind is close to his heart."
"All of us at StreetGames are absolutely thrilled to have been personally chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Markle," said CEO of StreetGames Jane Ashworth OBE. "It’s a great honor to have our work using sport to change lives and communities recognized in this way."
6. Surfers Against Sewage
“Surfers Against Sewage is thrilled to be one of the charities chosen to benefit from donations marking the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle," said Chief Executive Hugo Tagholm. "Our work as a national marine conservation charity empowers tens of thousands of volunteers annually to protect beaches for everyone. We are currently focused on tackling plastic pollution and this support will help us move towards our vision of Plastic Free Coastlines.”
7. The Wilderness Foundation UK
"We are deeply touched and honored that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to support The Wilderness Foundation and its beneficiaries. As the world’s population grows exponentially the planet’s remaining wild places and resources are coming under increasing threat,' said CEO Jo Roberts.
"It has never been more important for us as humans to protect the planet that gives us life. Whilst teaching conservation values, we in turn use the positive power of nature to support and recharge the lives of challenged and vulnerable young people and adults."