As one of the most famous newlywed couples in the world, it's no surprise that Harry and Meghan have received a flurry of wedding gifts since their 19th May nupitals.
But sadly, the royal couple have actually been forced to return millions of pounds’ worth of wedding gifts, and for a surprising reason.
According to The Express, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been sent millions of pounds worth of unsolicited presents from businesses, firms and celebrities. The husband and wife were reportedly inundated with gifts at their Kensington Palace home. But they are unable to accept any of them.
This is because members of the royal family cannot be seen to accept gifts from people they do not know, at risk of them being exploited for ‘commercial purposes’.
Essentially, all members of the family cannot be seen to be wearing or using free items from anyone they don’t know personally – as being seen out in public with them could suggest they are advertising the brand/gift, given their hugely influential status.
Official guidelines on the royal.uk website state, ‘Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself.’
The official website also makes it clear that unexpected gifts cannot be given to the family, for security reasons too.
It reads, ‘For security reasons, the Correspondence Team are unable to accept any unsolicited gifts which are sent to The Queen.’ And the same rule can likely be presumed for the rest of the royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen, and Prince Charles and Camilla, are often gifted presents whilst out on official royal duties. However, it’s widely thought that the royals do not tend to keep these presents. Instead, these items usually take their place in an official exhibition with the Royal Collection Trust, where members of the public can view them.
It’s likely that any presents given to Meghan and Harry in the future will end up in a similar place.
But don’t worry – it’s thought that the newlyweds will have received plenty of wedding gifts from their nearest and dearest since their wedding, almost two weeks ago.
Reportedly, the couple actually sent round a wedding gift list of home items from Soho House, ahead of their nuptials. The Sunday Times revealed that the list was circulated amongst their ‘inner circle’. And reportedly, it included pieces such as velvet ‘cinema’ chairs, cashmere throws, and crystal champagne flutes.
Royal fans have also speculated that Meghan and Harry will be receiving a brand new country home as a wedding gift from the Queen too. The monarch gifted Catherine and William their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, after their 2011 nuptials.