They’re asking well-wishers to take a more charitable course of action instead.
The royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle is just over a month away—May 19, 2018, if you don’t already have it penned in on your calendar—and the happy couple is slowly finishing up preparations.
They’ve picked their wedding cake and baker, made the guest list, and found a florist—and now they’re finalizing their registry. Of course, their wedding registry is a little different than the average one. This royal (and royally wealthy) couple is forgoing traditional wedding gifts in favor of a more generous endeavor: They’re asking well-wishers to donate to charity, rather than send a wedding gift.
The official website of the British Royal Family made the announcement this week, writing 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.”
The post goes on to list seven organizations representing a variety of causes Prince Harry and Meghan are passionate about. They’ve asked that people celebrating the wedding consider donating to the Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA); Crisis, a national charity for the homeless; Myna Mahila Foundation, which works in Mumbai’s urban slums; Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which provides support to children who have lost a parent who was serving in the British Armed Forces; StreetGames, which uses sports to inspire young people across the U.K.; Surfers Against Sewage; and The Wilderness Foundation U.K.