The countdown to the Royal Wedding is well underway with a little over a month to go until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’.



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As the couple prepares for their big day, they have made one special request when it comes to their wedding presents.


In a statement released by Kensington Palace, the pair asked for charity donations instead of wedding gifts.



“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.”


Harry and Meghan would like anyone who might wish to mark the occasion to make a donation to charity, rather than sending them a wedding present.


The couple has selected seven different charities that mean a lot to them. The charities reflect their shared values.



Kensington Palace shared, “Prince Harry and Ms Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. The couple has chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.”


Harry and Meghan are honoured to be able to help the seven charities and shine a light on the inspiring work they do.



The seven charities are:


Crisis: The charity helps people directly out of homelessness.


The Myna Mahila Foundation: This charity empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums.


CHIVA (Children's HIV Association): Supports more than 1,000 young people living with HIV in the UK and Ireland.


The Wilderness Foundation UK: The charity promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature.


Surfers Against Sewage: The national marine conservation and campaigning charity, inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.


Scotty's Little Soldiers: The charity supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.


StreetGames: The charity uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful.


What an incredibly inspiring move by the royal couple.