Meghan Markle Will Have To Send Some Of Her Birthday Gifts Back, But Why?
August 8, 2018 16:29 By Fabiosa
Everyone loves to get presents. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday, or any other occasion, we are looking forward to seeing what other people got us. Even when you say you don’t care, let’s be honest - you want a present. Don’t lie to us!
However, some people will have to return carefully picked gifts. One of those is the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
For their wedding, Meghan and Harry asked well-wishers to donate their money to different charities, instead of gifts. It looks like a generous move. However, the newlyweds wouldn’t be allowed to keep their presents anyway. And now, when the Duchess’ birthday was celebrated last week, she is obliged to return the goodies as well.
The gifts policy
Meghan Markle turned 37 on August 4. The day marked her first ever birthday as a royal. It’s not surprising that the American beauty probably received a whole bunch of cards and presents from her fans all over the world. But sadly, she will have to send some of them back.
What is the reason for that, you ask? It is all because of the almighty royal protocol. The strict rule dictates that royals are not allowed to receive any gifts from businesses and strangers.
It seems like a silly rule but it was created to prevent the goodies to be used for commercial purposes. The gift policy states:
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.
Luckily, some of the presents can be kept. They include flowers, consumable items like food and drinks, and other items that cost less than £150.
Presents that cost more than money
The sweet words of well-wishers will probably be more valuable than some of the most expensive presents for the Duchess.
Happy birthday, ma'am. Wishing you joy, success, and love 🎁🎁🎊🎂— Bodak Red 💄 (@AFarray) August 4, 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Duchess Meghan! Blessings to you & your Prince! Luv your Mum, you got great qualities from her. Your Dad, well, the papps got the best of him. To you & Prince Harry - enjoy creating your new life, people LOVE YOU & all the things you will do together. XOXO— Sandra Crespo (@ArtSceneSC) August 4, 2018
It looks like Meghan had a fantastic day on her birthday, which she spent at the friend’s wedding. She was pictured laughing and enjoying herself, which is what anyone would want for their special day.