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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Reveal What They Want Instead Of Wedding Gifts

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Before they tie the knot on May 19th, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have unveiled their wedding list. As you might expect from a couple who almost literally have it all, you won’t find requests for a set of White Company linen or various kitchen electricals gleaned from the Argos catalogue: instead, Harry and Meghan have compiled a list of seven charities to which guests and well-wishers can make donations instead of marking the occasion with a more traditional gift.

‘Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle 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,’ a statement from Kensington Palace read, explaining that ‘the couple have personally chosen 7 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.’

The couple are not formally affiliated with the charities in question; instead, they’ve chosen smaller organisations which deal with issues they feel strongly about, and are ‘pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.’ The charities in question are CHIVA, Crisis, the Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage and the Wilderness Foundation.

First on the list is CHIVA, the Children’s HIV Assocation, which helps children growing up with HIV in the UK and Ireland and aims, according to the Royal Family’s website, ‘to create a more hopefully and optimistic future for them, ensuring they achieve their greatest potential.’ It is followed by Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, and the Myna Mahila Foundation, a Mumbai-based charity which helps empower women in India’s slums, providing them with professional support, educational training and low-cost sanitary products. Meghan visited the Foundation last year to learn more about their work, sharing her experiences in a piece for Time Magazine which focuses on how the charity endeavours to dismantle the stigma around menstruation.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers helps support children who have lost a parent in the Armed Forces, while StreetGames (which Harry and Meghan saw in action on their recent trip to Cardiff) empowers young people to create positive change through sport and healthy lifestyles. The final two charities focus on conservation issues: Surfers Against Sewage focuses on protecting oceans, beaches and marine wildlife, whereas the Wilderness Foundation ‘promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature.'

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