Charities to benefit from royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked people who want to send them presents to make donations to one of seven chosen charities instead

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Seven charities are set to benefit from the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the royal couple said they would prefer donations to the organisations instead of gifts.

The charities were named in a statement from Kensington Palace yesterday and include the Children’s HIV Association, the homelessness charity Crisis, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports bereaved military families, and the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage.

The youth charities Streetgames and the Wilderness Foundation were also named, as well as the Mumbai-based charity the Myna Mahila Foundation, which works with women in urban slums to break down taboos about menstrual hygiene.

The charities were chosen personally by the royal couple and reflect their shared values and passions for sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the armed forces, according to the statement.

"Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit," the statement said.

"The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity rather than sending a wedding gift."

Crisis, the largest of the charities chosen by the couple, had an income of £35.2m in the year to 30 June 2017, but many of the others are relatively small. In the year to 31 December 2016, Surfers Against Sewage brought in just over £1m, the Wilderness Foundation and Scotty’s Little Soldiers each had incomes of less than £700,000 and Chiva earned less than £300,000. 

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