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- The royal family have published lists of all the gifts received by Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton during their royal tours in 2018.
- The gifts, which ranged from traditional weapons to boomerangs, were certainly surprising.
- Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Markle have asked fans to consider donating to charity rather than send baby gifts in a recent Instagram post.
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It’s not uncommon for members of the royal family to receive gifts during their tours – especially Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have been given a seemingly endless amount of baby toys, blankets, and clothes for their unborn child.
However, it may surprise fans to know that the royal family actually publishes lists of all the gifts received during these appearances.
The list doesn’t just apply to presents given by prime ministers and other government officials, either – they keep a tally of everything they have been given by fans, too.
The gifts, which range from didgeridoos to a traditional Fijan weapon, are more bizarre than you might think.
Earlier this week, four official lists were published to the royal family’s website, declaring all the gifts recieved by Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and even Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis during their various tours and engagements throughout 2018. Here’s an example of one of them.
The most common gifts recieved by Prince Harry and Markle on behalf of their unborn baby included books, blankets, teddy bears, and soft toys, which were all given to them throughout their tour across Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji tour in October.
But they also recieved some slightly more unusual gifts, including a children’s wet suit, a boomerang, an Australian football guidebook, and several didgeridoos, which were all given to the couple by fans.
They even received a iWau, which is a Fijan war club, from Jioji Konrote, the President of Fiji.
War clubs are said to be the most cherished weapon of Fijan warriors. Although many of these types of weapons have traditionally been used for fighting, many have also been used for traditional ceremonial activities.
The lists comes as the pair ask fans to stop giving them baby gifts.
On their recently created Instagram account, @sussexroyal, Prince Harry and Markle asked fans to instead consider donating to one of their chosen charities instead of giving them a baby gift.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so grateful for the well wishes in anticipation of their first born. Today we introduce you to one of four charities the couple has asked that you consider supporting in lieu of sending gifts. Please meet The Lunchbox Fund:@thelunchboxfund provides a nutritious daily school meal to children in South Africa who would otherwise go hungry. Since its inception, @thelunchboxfund has provided over 20 million meals to school children in need. This meal encourages children to attend school and enables them to better concentrate and maximise their learning potential. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are committed to supporting the children and communities of the 53 commonwealth countries around the world. For those members of the public who have graciously asked to send baby gifts for the couple’s upcoming arrival, they ask that instead, you consider lending your support to @thelunchboxfund or the other 3 charities we will be sharing on our page Thank you for your kindness! Photos courtesy of: @thelunchboxfund
The account – which broke a world record after earning one million followers in less than six hours – now has more than four million followers.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also recieved gifts for their children on their various appearances. During his visit to Israel in June 2018, Prince William was given several diaper pins for Prince Louis, and cloth dolls for both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The couple were also given honey, essential oils, an airplane ornament, and a chess set by fans.
You can view the lists in full on the royal family website.