Harry & Meghan Ask That Gifts Go To 7 Charities

May 18, 2018       NPT Staff      

What do you get for the couple who has everything? A donation to one of their favorite charities. Guest attending tomorrow’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been asked to make a donation to one of seven charities in lieu of a gift. Those seven charities, according to The Royal Household, are:

  • The Children’s HIV Association, which supports children growing up with HIV and their families across the UK and Ireland;
  • Crisis, the UK’s national charity for the assistance of homeless individuals;
  • Myna Mahila Foundation, which seeks to empower women living in the slums of Mumbai by offering work opportunities and removing stigmas. Markle made a personal visit to the  foundation last year;
  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports bereaved children of British Armed Forces service-members. Prince Harry is a veteran of the British Army;
  • StreetGames, which focuses on sports to foster healthier, safer communities;
  • Surfers Against Sewage, a marine conservation organization; and,
  • The Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes the benefits of the outdoors.

The donations will be the latest in an established history of philanthropic focuses for the new couple. Prince Harry, in partnership with his family and other world leaders, has been active in philanthropic efforts since taking a gap year following secondary school in 2004. It was during that time that he met Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and the two founded Sentebale in 2006, according to the organization’s website. Sentebale aims to provide support for children afflicted by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.

Prince Harry has also, with his brother and sister-in-law, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, spearheaded Heads Together, a mental-health initiative focused on combating the stigma associated with mental illness and fundraising for innovative health services. Heads Together was named Virgin Money London Marathon’s charity of the year in 2017.

Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health,” the three members of the Royal Family state on the organization’s website. “This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.”

Markle, an American actress best known for TV’s Suits, is expected to give up acting to focus on philanthropic work after the wedding. Markle’s current philanthropic ties includes a relationship with World Vision, with which she was a global ambassador from 2016 to 2017. Markle traveled to Rwanda in early 2016, according to the organization’s website. There, she taught students how to paint with watercolors using water from a new community pipeline.

“Meghan is a true humanitarian,” said Lara Dewar, chief marketing and development officer for World Vision Canada in an organization profile. “She will undoubtedly bring vast energy to her charity work as a member of the Royal Family. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her and Prince Harry — a couple who clearly have a heart for social justice.”

 

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