This Is What Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Want for a Wedding Present
Hint: It's not a stand mixer.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won't be setting up a classic registry ahead of their wedding day, which shouldn't come as a major shock since Kensington Palace is surely stocked with all the stand mixers and fine linens the couple could ever need. If you're still set on sending the couple a gift, though, they've just specified what they'd like. In lieu of physical gifts, the twosome has asked that fans mark the special occasion by making a donation to one of their preferred charities, Kensington Palace announced on Twitter.
"Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift," read the first post of the series. Following this tweet, the Palace listed the seven charities, "which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces," that the couple flagged for donation. From Crisis, an organization that fights homelessness, to Scotty's Little Soldiers, a non-profit that supports children of fallen armed forces members, the duo has clearly chosen a "registry" that's all about giving back.
Now that the royal wedding gift list, flowers, and reception confection have all been settled, Markle is now focusing her attention on learning proper princess protocol. "She's studying up. She's a quick learner," an insider told Entertainment Tonight, revealing that the actress pours over binders filled with facts about the Commonwealth when she's not wedding planning.
Markle isn't the only one preparing for her nuptials and future royal life. Ahead of the big day, The Queen Charlotte Pub, a bar close to St. George's Chapel (the royal wedding ceremony venue!), has partnered with their parent company, Oak Taverns, to concoct a special gin in honor of the couple's nuptials, reported People. Its name just might be a humorous nod to the Prince's famous red hair: Gin&'er. The company says the spirit's real pronunciation is up the drinker.
In addition to their own personal brand of gin, the duo is set to receive a signature fragrance on the big day. Legendary perfumer Floris London is set to craft the special blend, which Amalia Robles, the manager of Floris's iconic Jermyn Street store in London, told People will be loosely based on the brand's cult-classic Bergamotto di Positano scent. We can expect base notes of wood and spice, as well as bergamot, orange blossom, and green tea-the small batch bottle won't fully be revealed until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are wed.