The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to return £7million-worth (about R117 975 866) of wedding gifts after being flooded with presents from companies looking for publicity. The royal couple – who are currently honeymooning in Canada after tying the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19 – have been flooded with unsolicited presents from well-wishers but, due to royal guidelines, they are unable to accept any presents from people they do not personally know in order to avoid any companies exploiting their offerings for commercial gain. A statement from Kensington Palace told The Independent newspaper: “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. “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.” Before the wedding, Prince Harry and his partner – who was known as Meghan Markle before the ceremony – asked for donations to charities instead of presents. Guidelines issued to guests stated: “It should be noted that… Read full this story
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