Meghan Markle can only keep some of her birthday gifts

By Meaghan Wray

It’s no secret that the newly minted Duchess of Sussex has more than a few admirers. If the armloads of bouquets and gifts she receives during royal walkabouts are any indication, the royal’s 37 th birthday must’ve been a busy one for the mailman! After celebrating her birthday by attending the wedding of Royal Family friend Charlie van Straubenzee, Meghan’s return to London may present a pile of gifts waiting for her – and unfortunately, she’ll only be able to keep a select few.

When it comes to the Royal Family , they have to think of every detail, as they’re often under such scrutiny by the public. Members are therefore forbidden from receiving presents from businesses or people they don’t know personally, as stated on their official website: “Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor of the gift itself.”

Meghan received a bouquet of flowers from a little girl in Northern Ireland. Photo: © Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images

During walkabouts and public engagements, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are often seen accepting bouquets of flowers or other small goods from their adoring fans. Luckily, blooms, food and small consumable items are generally accepted by royals, along with non-controversial books from their authors and items valued at CA$253 or less. The website continued: “Consideration should be given to returning them to the donor if it is believed that the donor or another body or organisation might be able to make better use of them than the Member of The Royal Family.” Following their royal wedding, the newlyweds ended up returning around $11 million worth of unsolicited gifts after being inundated with parcels at their Kensington Palace home.

Sadly, for Meghan’s Canadian admirers, it simply isn’t possible to personally send the duchess a present unless the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Commonwealth Secretariat recommends it be accepted. When it comes to the Queen , however, no gifts can be sent to her as it poses too great a security risk.

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