In the weeks following Meghan Markle's 4th August birthday, the Duchess of Sussex and her team may be working to return many of her presents. As The Mirror details, royal policy dictates that Meghan is only allowed to keep certain kinds of presents.
"The fundamental principle governing the acceptance of gifts by Members of The Royal Family is that no gifts, including hospitality or services, should be accepted which would, or might appear to, place the Member of The Royal Family under any obligation to the donor," the guidelines specify via The Mirror.
That means Meghan is allowed to keep:
- Any samples from businesses (fashion designer, etc.) that cost too much money to return.
- Gifts from businesses that are offered as souvenirs during Meghan's official visit there
- Gifts sent from UK public bodies — government bodies, trade associations, charities, etc.
- Gifts from fans that are flowers, food, or other presents that cost less than £150
- Books given by author if subject isn't controversial (so no Brexit books)
- Money given on behalf of Meghan to a charity
And Meghan has to send back:
- Samples and gifts from businesses that don't cost too much to send back.
- Gifts from fans where there are concerns about the fans' motive
- Money — and if Meghan can't send it back, it needs to be donated to a charity
- Books given by author with controversial subjects
This story first appeared on ELLE.com.
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