15 Gifts Fit for a Royal Wedding Registry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to request charitable donations in lieu of gifts in honor of their wedding this May — which makes sense, given that they've likely got the basics (and the not-so-basics) covered already. That said, even royal guests have been known to go rogue — and we have a few ideas for the folks who just can't bring themselves to show up empty-handed.

April 01, 2018
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An Island of Their Own

We’re not suggesting a land purchase, mind you — the royals have plenty of that, to put it mildly, and have you ever tried to wrap an island? No, Over Yonder Cay is a 72-acre, utterly private paradise for rent in the Bahamas’ Exuma chain, and boasts four villas, a deep-water marina, a kaleidoscope of high-tech and beach-based activities — and the guarantee that guests can wear their oldest, baggiest swimsuits 24/7 without ending up on the cover of international tabloids. BUY IT: Vladi Private Islands, $44,000 and up per night

A Seafaring Spa

While Over Yonder Cay has the capacity to accommodate multiple yachts, why shouldn’t Harry and Meghan toast their nuptials in a humble, handcrafted ... seafaring Jacuzzi? In Elizabethan times, royals navigated the Thames in gilded barges — and while it’s hard to imagine an intimate champagne toast on the river in London these days, there’s something irresistible about the idea of counting the Queen's swans from a hot tub. BUY IT: Hammacher Schlemmer, $42,000

Edwardian Elegance

The handwriting classes Meghan sat through as a Catholic schoolgirl bore fruit in the years before her acting career took off: "I did the calligraphy for the invitations for, like Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding," she told Esquire. "What’s funny is I probably still have some calligraphy business cards floating out in the world[.]" While pro penmanship is behind her, Meghan still loves handwritten letters — and there are more than a few thank-you notes in her and Harry’s future. Conway Stewart’s limited-edition, solid sterling silver fountain pen would serve them well. BUY IT: Conway Stewart, $1,730

Solo Flight

Being a royal means never having to say, "I’d love to be there, but traffic on the A40 is just a mess." Motorcades are well and good, but Harry qualified as an Apache helicopter commander back in 2013: Enter the SureFly, a two-person, eight-rotor hybrid aircraft with a 70-mile range (which folds down to fit into a standard garage). Date night just took to the sky. BUY IT: Workhorse, $200,000

The Best Seats in the House

Neither Harry nor brother Will — who’s President of the Football Association — will attend this year’s FA Cup Final, which coincides with the royal wedding on May 19. The princes can return to enjoy a soccer match at their leisure with a private, 24-seater SuperBox at The Emirates, home to Arsenal F.C., Harry’s club of choice. BUY IT: Arsenal.com, 24,000 pounds

Spice, Girl

While we haven’t been shy about over-the-top picks, it should go without saying that heartfelt gifts don’t need to be extravagant — and going ultra-personal is always a win. Meghan’s love of chilies from Terroni (an eatery/market in Toronto and Los Angeles) is so strong that she presses them on strangers: "They’re really hot, but if you’re good with heat, then I think they’re going to be your new favorite thing...I’ll give you a little jar to take home," she told a Vanity Fair interviewer last year. Now that she lives in London, we’ve got a pret-ty good idea of what she hopes for in care packages. BUY IT: La Bottega di Terroni, $10

Serious Skin Care

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Richardson broke the world record for handshakes back in 2002, when he personally greeted 13,392 people in New Mexico. We can’t say with scientific accuracy that Harry and Meghan will beat Bill in the years to come, but it’s safe to say they go palm-to-palm a lot — and could use some serious TLC. La Mer’s ultra-emollient hand treatment and renewal oil should do the trick. BUY IT: La Mer, $90 and up

Canine China

Harry reports that Meghan has already charmed the Queen's celebrated corgis, but the family’s been mum about how her four-legged family — beloved rescue dogs Bogart and Guy — have blended with the in-laws-to-be. A fitting welcome across the pond: Ruby and Walter’s Royal Crown Derby pet bowls, hand-gilded with 24-karat gold. You’re royalty too, fellas. BUY IT: Ruby and Walter, 500 pounds

Peace and Quiet

Officially, Harry and Meghan can always say they want to revisit the romance of their pre-wedding international adventures. Real talk: Sometimes you want to bid your relatives a fond farewell and pitch a tent in the yard. Nothing wrong with that. BUY IT: Coywolf Canvas via Etsy, $849

Heat and Relief

Meghan goes toe-to-toe with her sister-in-law-to-be — sometimes literally — when it comes to fashionable (and sky-high) footwear. We assume she will not be wearing bedazzled flip flops beneath her wedding dress in May — and we feel her pain. BUY IT: Brookstone, $280

Daily Greens

As Meghan once wrote on her lifestyle blog, "I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados." We’re confident she’s sharing her favorite recipes with the crew at Buckingham Palace — and that no Golden State native would settle down abroad without a personal source of hometown produce. BUY IT: Greenhouse Nation, $2,599

A Staycation Suite

"Happily ever after" has its own meaning for every couple, of course. Even so, from City Hall to Windsor Castle, little can compete with the newlywed bliss of saying goodbye to one's well-wishers, changing out of one’s glad rags, and settling in for a few hours of questionable television with a tray from room service. BUY IT: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 2,880 pounds per night

A Robe for Harry...

If one can make that TV marathon happen in a hand-cut, worsted-spun cashmere robe lined in Italian silk, of course, one probably should. BUY IT: Derek Rose, $4,000

...And for Meghan

Ms. Markle’s version, in turn, is woven in Elgin, Scotland, and tailored in Nottingham, England. Johnstons of Scotland has been producing woollens since 1797 — and they still weave the Estate Tweeds Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularized in the 19th century. BUY IT: Johnstons of Elgin, $3,100

One for the Road

Swaine Adeney Brigg has been outfitting rulers and icons for a very long time: The company enjoyed royal appointments beginning with King George III, it’s produced pieces for James Bond and Indiana Jones, and both William and Harry have carried its umbrellas. This umbrella has a little something extra to carry its bearer through wedding season: The Malacca Flask edition unscrews to reveal a compartment for a secret sip. Good luck out there, you crazy kids. BUY IT: Swaine Adeney Brigg, 770 pounds for flask version (+330 pounds for silk)

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