If you are thinking about sending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a wedding gift, you might have to consider an alternative.
No Wedding Gifts!
The British Royal Family released a statement regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming wedding. The statement read that the couple is incredibly overwhelmed with the generous amount of support that they have received worldwide, but they have asked anyone who wished to give them a gift to make a charitable donation instead.
7 Social Issues, 7 Charities
People Magazine reported that the couple decided to select seven charities representing issues that they are very passionate about. The charities that Prince Harry and Markle have chosen cover the British Armed forces, HIV, homelessness, the environment, and women's empowerment. The first charity that they selected was the Children's HIV Association, an organization that helps children growing up with HIV around Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Another charitable organization that caught the attention of the royal couple was the Myna Mahila Foundation. Markle learned about the organization during a trip to India. Its primary mission is to empower women across the country as they begin entrepreneurship and business endeavors.
StreetGames, a sports-based nonprofit organization, was another charity that was selected. By using sports to empower the younger residents of the United Kingdom, StreetGames participants will be more engaged in their community.
The Wilderness Foundation UK promotes the benefits of nature by introducing both nature and science to urban youth.
The fifth charity that was chosen was Surfers Against Sewage. The nonprofit organization encourages communities to rebuild marine wildlife in the United Kingdom.
Prince Harry, who served as a member of the British Armed Forces, selected Scotty's Little Soldiers, which helps children who lost their parents when they served to defend United Kingdom.
Crisis, a charity that helps thousands of homeless people across the United Kingdom, was the last charity selected.
Musicians And The Royals
Several of the United Kingdom's top musical artists have established relationships with the Royal Family. Craig David, who is expected to perform for Queen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday, stated that he would also be interested in singing at the couple's wedding. The Spice Girls, who will reportedly star in a new animated superhero film, are heavily rumored to perform at the royal wedding. While Victoria Beckham initially stated that the group did not receive an invitation, America's Got Talent judge and fellow Spice Girl Mel B spilled that they might be in attendance.
It has also been rumored that Ed Sheeran will perform for Prince Harry and Markle on their wedding day. The "Castle on the Hill" singer-songwriter is friends with Prince Harry's cousin, Beatrice, and the couple are fans of Sheeran. However, Sheeran has stated that he does not have a direct relationship with the Royal Family.
Meanwhile, former One Direction member Liam Payne reportedly made Prince Harry laugh when he performed John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" on Commonwealth Day in front of the Royal Family.