Meghan Markle’s first gift as a soon-to-be member of the Royal Family was revealed when Prince William’s list of gifts he received during his trip to Finland last November was published.
Meghan’s gift was an apron and was gifted to her by an individual – a member of the public who’d met Prince William on his trip – and was accepted for her by her future brother-in-law.
Meghan is a self-described foodie. The night that Prince Harry proposed, she told the BBC’s Mishal Husain, that they had been trying to roast a chicken when he got down on one knee.
All gifts received are published as a result of the Peat Inquiry in 2003.
Among other things, the inquiry was set up to look into allegations that the Prince of Wales’s household was improperly selling official gifts. Some of the inquiry’s results included that Prince Charles had sold unwanted gifts to charity, that several gifts were missing, and that the staff was accepting presents from outside people despite not being allowed to.
Now, per the rules, members of the Royal Family may accept gifts to be used, but they are not personal property and are not taxed. Gifts received by members of the Royal Family become part of the Royal Collection. The list is published every year to note all gifts received. The Queen holds all gifts in trust for her successors and for the country.
If a gift is valued at under £150, then that gift may be given to charity or to the staff.
The Queen received a decorated ostrich egg last year. Prince Harry received a martial arts uniform, and several gifts from the teams participating in the Invictus Games this past September. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were given toys and educational tools, while their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, received chocolate, flowers, and their father received a bottle of gin and an ice hockey jersey.