As the royal family gathered to celebrate the christening of Prince Louis on Monday (July 9) at St. James's Palace, his proud uncle Prince Harry and new aunt Meghan walked right behind the sleeping babe cradled in his mother Kate's arms. And it seems Harry may have found the cutest gift for his newest family member - and one with a special connection to Canada! According to reports, he may have given his nephew a first edition of A.A. Milne's iconic Winnie-The-Pooh.
"One of Harry’s happiest childhood memories was being read a bedtime story by his mother," a source told The Sun. "She loved all the old classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte and George to enjoy as they get older." The newlywed reportedly purchased the item for £8,000 (nearly CAD$14,000) at Peter Harrington, a rare book store in London.
Prince Harry may have originally had his eye on Through The Looking Glass, but is said to have changed his mind at the last minute. Winnie-The-Pooh was first written by A.A. in 1926 after his son, Christopher Robin, became enamoured with a bear at the London Zoo named Winnie. The bear was originally from Ontario and arrived in London during WWI alongside his soldier/veterinarian-owner Harry Colebourn. Since then, dozens of tales about the cub and his friends have been created by A.A. and Walt Disney.
Members of the Royal Family are no strangers to lavish gifts. The Queen often presents newlyweds with historic homes, as she did for Prince William and Kate and is said to have done for Prince Harry and Meghan, too. And pricey baubles, like the aquamarine ring from Princess Diana's collection that the Duke of Sussex gave the Duchess of Sussex on the occasion of their wedding, are also par for the course.
Prince Harry has made clear his intentions where his niece and nephews are concerned. In a 2016 interview, he told People, "George and Charlotte will grow up and hopefully find me to be the fun uncle. I always want to be the fun uncle.”