Meghan Markle’s presence at the royal palace in London has started, the soon-to-be-wife of Prince Harry got her first wedding gift this week. It was a rather surprising thing for everyone, especially for an actress herself who didn’t expect to be given an apron.
Ms Markle has made her debut on the annual list of gifts received by members of the Royal Family, with a special gift to her presented to the Duke of Cambridge to pass on by a member of the public.
Meghan and Harry plunged into the wedding preparations, Kensington Palace revealed that Prince William was given the gift to pass on to his younger brother and future sister-in-law during his November visit to Finland. Of course, it was hard to imagine that of all the gifts, an apron became a present to a royal couple.
Prince Harry’s list of gifts
While Ms Markle’s list of gifts is empty so far, Prince Harry got a lot of presents, however, records a set of his’n’hers accessories for the couple, presented by a wellwisher and including:
“Two jackets, two leather holdall bags, two leather belt-bags, two leather zipped pouches, two leather passport holders, four leather wristbands, two ice hockey pucks, two baseball caps, two t-shirts and two sports polo shirts,”
the official document says. An unexpected apron was on the list of Prince William who presented it to his brother’s and his fiancee.
Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, received glittery baubles for her Christmas tree, a purple fleece dog bed for her corgis and the Union Flag from Major Tim Peake’s spacesuit. Her husband Prince Philip was given several gifts he may be able to make use of in retirement, from a travel backgammon set by luxury brand Smythson and some whisky from his Duke of Edinburgh Award team.
Traditionally, all the official gifts can be worn and used, but are not considered the personal property of the Royal recipient who doesn’t pay tax on them. Moreover, royals can eat any food they are given and pass perishable official gifts with a value less than £150 to charity or staff.