Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t be enjoying all their wedding gifts, with the Daily Mail reporting the newlyweds will be returning unsolicited gifts valued at £7 million (approximately $12 million in Canadian dollars).
As the Mail reports, the couple was showered with all manner of freebies from companies and celebrities hoping that the Duchess of Sussex would be photographed wearing or using one of these items during the honeymoon. Instead, all that stuff has been marked “return to sender.”
According to The Express, Kensington Palace issued a statement that specifically addressed this. “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,” reads the statement.
“Gifts offered by private individuals living in the U.K. 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 statement adds.
Meanwhile, Hello! reported that the couple had set up a private gift registry for close friends and family, and asked dignitaries to eschew gifts and instead make a donation to one of their recommended charities instead.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau followed that instruction, revealing that Canada would be making a $50,000 donation in their honour to the youth charity Jumpstart. French President Emmanuel Macron, however, went rogue and gifted the couple with a James Bond-themed cigar cutter set .