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Here's what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked guests for in lieu of wedding gifts

Junie Sihlangu
May 18, 2018
11:33 A.M.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen to have their wedding become beneficial for someone else. Instead of getting gifts for their big day, the two have asked for donations.

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Kensington Palace wrote on Twitter that the pair preferred donations to be made to charities as their gifts. There are seven charities that they’ve chosen to be their beneficiaries.

A tweet last month by Kensington Palace revealed that the couple had personally chosen the 7 charities. The organizations represented a range of issues that the pair was passionate about including HIV which Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana was an advocate for.

These include sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV, and the Armed Forces. According to CNBC, they were listed as:

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1. StreetGames: a sports-focused charity aimed at helping those in disadvantaged communities. 2. The Myna Mahila Foundation: a charity that provides personal and professional support for women in the poorest parts of Mumbai.

3. Surfers Against Sewage: a national marine conservation and campaigning charity. 4. The Wilderness Foundation UK: aims to preserve wild spaces and promotes the benefits and enjoyment of nature.

5. Crisis: a program that offers education, employment, housing and other services for the homeless. 6. The Children's HIV Association: offers support to young people living with HIV across the U.K. and Ireland.

7. Scotty's Little Soldiers: a charity for children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces. The Myna Mahila Foundation was the only foreign organization that they had picked.

‘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.’

Kensington Palace, Twitter, April 9, 2018

The organization goes door-to-door to educate young women and help them with any issues they may be having. It’s said to employ 15 local women who made the pads.

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Employment by the organization provides them with a stable and safe work opportunity while busting myths and taboos. Fifty more women are responsible for the distribution of the pads in the slums.

Meghan Markle, a woman’s rights advocate, recently visited the Myna Mahila Foundation. She was there to learn about the issues and challenges that were facing the women who lived there.

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"I traveled to Delhi and Mumbai this January with World Vision to meet girls and women directly impacted by the stigmatization of menstrual health and to learn how it hinders girls' education," she wrote in an essay for Time.

During her time there Markle shared that she met many girls who shared that they felt embarrassed to go to school during their periods. They were ill-equipped with rags instead of pads and unable to participate in sports.

The girls also didn’t have bathrooms available to care for themselves at their schools and would often drop out of school entirely reported CNN.

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