Ahead of the royal wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry asked those keen on giving them a wedding present to donate to any of several charities they picked.
Nevertheless, some people and businesses sent gifts to Kensington Palace anyway, according to Express, and the bulk will reportedly be refused because of royal rules. The outlet is reporting that £7 million ($9.3 million) worth of “publicity stunt,” #sponcon gifts will be returned to sender.
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The royal family cannot accept freebies from businesses or individuals due to protocol. “When gifts are accepted, the consent of the Member of the Royal Family should be contingent upon the enterprise undertaking not to exploit the gift for commercial purposes,” the rules state, per Express. “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 quirks of royal life for you!