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Old 04-09-2018, 04:35 PM
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Supporting small charities isnít anything new

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The gift fund will support 26 charities of the coupleís choice, incorporating the armed forces, children, the elderly, art, sport and conservation.

Each was hand-picked and chosen with careful thought.

Many of the organisations are small local projects with extremely limited budgets and they spoke yesterday of their great delight and surprise at being chosen, acknowledging that the recognition alone was a real boost.

ďIt is fantastic news for us and we are extremely honoured and flattered that our work has been acknowledged in such a public way," said Gareth Harper of Northern Ireland-based Peace Players International which uses basketball to unite young people from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds

ďWe met them when they were in Belfast last week and were very impressed with how knowledgeable they were about our work and how committed they were to the initiative. We were able to say a personal thank you, itís a huge boost.Ē

St James's Palace said in a statement: "Having been touched by the goodwill shown them since the announcement of their engagement, Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund.

ďMany of the charities are little known, without existing royal patronage, and undertake excellent work within specific communities.

"They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date."
Read more: William and Kate ask for charity donations in lieu of wedding gifts
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:48 PM
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This thread is about Harry and Meghan and what THEY have decided to do as part of their wedding. What Kate and William did for their wedding is not relevant here!!!! Both couples supported charities for their weddings...I didn't know that there was a competition to see who can support charities better!!!
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:55 PM
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^^^ Seriously. Just because they did a lump fund doesn't mean Harry and Meghan's method is wrong. This is exhausting. I'm glad they doing it their way and hope they continue doing it their way. Good for them!
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:56 PM
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I was very impressed with the seven charities that Harry and Meghan have chosen to highlight.

As I see it, instead of sending a personal gift to Harry and Meghan themselves, what donors are doing is supporting something that is close to the both of them. With each charity, we see the need that Harry and Meghan see and our gifts of donations are helping to keep the work these charities are doing alive and active.

Its not about representing the Commonwealth. Its not about anything other than assisting Harry and Meghan in doing what they wish to do to make this world a better place. Its getting the public involved and aware of places where these two people want to make a difference.

So much better than toasters and blenders and shrimp forks.
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:58 PM
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Exactly!!!! But for some, everything Harry and Meghan does will be wrong!!!!
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:06 PM
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This thread is about Harry and Meghan and what THEY have decided to do as part of their wedding. What Kate and William did for their wedding is not relevant here!!!! Both couples supported charities for their weddings...I didn't know that there was a competition to see who can support charities better!!!
Yes could we please allow Harry and Meghan the space to have their own conversation and ditto for Kate and William. Not everything is a competition or pissing contest.
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:14 PM
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Would have liked to see some charities in the Commonwealth realms.


I was thinking the same thing very disappointed
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:27 PM
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I'm not disappointed at all that Commonwealth charities were omitted. Its not a game of what country to spread the wealth to but rather charities and organizations that are *personal* to the couple.

Should this type of event happen 10 years from now after both Harry and Meghan have much more experience dealing with causes in Commonwealth nations, then I'd be surprised that they were omitted.

We're looking strictly at *personal* support of charities and organizations here rather than geographical demographics. These charities have been selected because they mean something to the couple.

What struck me was looking at the list of charities and either seeing Meghan and Harry in pictures with them or like, in the case of Scotty's Little Soldiers, remembering about when Harry, William and Kate threw a garden party for families who have lost a family member serving in the UK armed forces at Buckingham Palace last May. I *see* the involvement this couple has had with the organizations. It makes it so much more *personal*.

I think *personal* is the key word behind these charities and not because this couple is *royal*.
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:40 PM
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But they are royal arenít they !
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:51 PM
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Its also the private and personal wedding of a member of the British Royal Family. They're keeping the personal in it. Not everything in their lives is going to be dictated by being "royal". They are human beings that happen to be royal. Not royal personages that happen to be human.
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Alexi Lubomirski Dishes on Snapping Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Engagment Pics (Exclusive) | Entertainment Tonight

Alexi Lubomirski talked about shooting their engagement photos and revealed he was invited to the wedding. Nice interview.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:12 PM
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Harry has been criticised by some people on forums in the past for concentrating efforts on African charities and endeavours not British ones. Now Harry and Meghan have chosen a broad mix of British and overseas charities, including Commonwealth ones, there's still criticism by a few here. Sheeez!
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:15 PM
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I read (in the official statement) that they went with small charities for that reason, so they can get some attention (and money). I think it's a great idea and I really love the one that focuses on getting kids involved with farming programs /rural skills.


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Spot on, I keep wondering why the sniping keeps on coming. It doesn't really matter what they plan, it does not please those "keeping score". To those who do not approve, I can only say do not participate, after all, nobody is twisting your arm.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:18 PM
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The Queen is head of state of 16 Commonwealth realms. Iím not criticising Harry and Meghan for picking these 7 charities, Iím just pointing out it would have been nice to see representation from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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The nitpicking on all things Harry and Meghan is overkill. So is the constant need for some to compare every aspect of their life to the Cambridges. It's not a competition. Sigh.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:22 PM
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Perhaps its the view that anyone that is royal should have their entire lives dictated by the wishes of the monarch, the public or the government and be puppets on a string to push and pull in whatever direction is deemed acceptable for the flavor of the day.

When it comes to this upcoming wedding, its a private and personal family event that the bride and groom have chosen to let the public in on. They didn't have to do that. They also didn't have to select charities at all. They didn't have to invite people from the general populace to attend or have a carriage ride throughout Windsor or even release any kind of details of this wedding.

This is their wedding with their choices. Nothing more.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:29 PM
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I agree that they are completely free in choosing their charities and they seem to have chosen quite broadly so people will hopefully feel connected to at least one them. However, the asking for donations is very much part of it being a royal wedding. This is what is expected of them (and what luckily most likely corresponds with their own wishes given that they have far more money to their disposal than the average person who might want to give them a wedding gift -again due to them being part of the BRF).

I personally don't really understand why people would donate to charities chosen by someone else (on the occasion of a specific event in their lives) instead of donating to charities that you yourself think could use your support (independent of other people's life events), however, that might be a cultural issue.
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Harry has been criticised by some people on forums in the past for concentrating efforts on African charities and endeavours not British ones. Now Harry and Meghan have chosen a broad mix of British and overseas charities, including Commonwealth ones, there's still criticism by a few here. Sheeez!


I must have read it wrong I only saw British charities nothing for Australia or Canada
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I agree that they are completely free in choosing their charities and they seem to have chosen quite broadly so people will hopefully feel connected to at least one them. However, the asking for donations is very much part of it being a royal wedding. This is what is expected of them (and what luckily most likely corresponds with their own wishes given that they have far more money to their disposal than the average person who might want to give them a wedding gift -again due to them being part of the BRF).

I personally don't really understand why people would donate to charities chosen by someone else (on the occasion of a specific event in their lives) instead of donating to charities that you yourself think could use your support (independent of other people's life events), however, that might be a cultural issue.
Actually, selecting charities for donations in lieu of wedding gifts is not something that has always been done and expected at British royal weddings. This will be only the second British royal wedding that has done this.

It was far more commonplace for the royal couple to receive gifts from all over the world that would be put on display after the wedding. I love the idea of the charities far more than a castle full of gifts from all over that the couple probably would never use.


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I must have read it wrong I only saw British charities nothing for Australia or Canada
There was a charity for India, which is in the Commonwealth the last time I looked!
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