Trump & Melania will donate to HIV charity in Harry & Meghan's name

  • Harry and Meghan have asked wedding guests and well-wishers to donate to one of seven charities rather than purchase them gifts 
  • They selected organizations representing causes close to their hearts
  • List includes homeless charity Crisis, ocean preservation and a charity for children with HIV 
  • The White House says that Donald and Melania will contribute an unspecified sum to one of the charities on Harry and Meghan's list 
  • White House spokeswoman said: 'President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the 7 charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts' 

By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:18 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 19:21 EDT, 16 May 2018

Donald and Melania Trump won't attend the royal wedding - like other political leaders they weren't invited to the society event - but they are sending Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle a gift.

The White House says that the president and first lady will make a donation to one of the charities the Harry and Meghan recommended to their guests.

'President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the 7 charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts,' Lindsay Walters, a spokeswoman for the White House, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday. 

The couple has asked guests and well-wishers donate to charity close to their hearts rather than buying a gift when they tie the knot on May 19. 

Donald and Melania Trump won't attend the royal wedding - like other political leaders they weren't invited to the society event - but they are donating to a charity the royal couple has selected for contributions in lieu of gifts
Donald and Melania Trump won't attend the royal wedding - like other political leaders they weren't invited to the society event - but they are donating to a charity the royal couple has selected for contributions in lieu of gifts

Donald and Melania Trump won't attend the royal wedding - like other political leaders they weren't invited to the society event - but they are donating to a charity the royal couple has selected for contributions in lieu of gifts

Causes they selected include social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness and the Armed Forces.

They showed their determination to continue Princess Diana's work in support of people with HIV by nominating the Children's HIV Association, as well.

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said last month: '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. 

'The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.'

The statement said that Harry and Meghan had 'personally selected seven organisations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values' that they would like people to support.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked guests and well-wishers donate to charity close to their hearts rather than buying a gift when they tie the knot on May 19
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked guests and well-wishers donate to charity close to their hearts rather than buying a gift when they tie the knot on May 19

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked guests and well-wishers donate to charity close to their hearts rather than buying a gift when they tie the knot on May 19

The couple showed their determination to continue Princess Diana's work in support of people with HIV by nominating the Children's HIV Association as one of their seven charities
The couple showed their determination to continue Princess Diana's work in support of people with HIV by nominating the Children's HIV Association as one of their seven charities

The couple showed their determination to continue Princess Diana's work in support of people with HIV by nominating the Children's HIV Association as one of their seven charities

Kensington Palace said, 'Prince Harry and Ms. Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. 

'The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about. 

The statement released in early April said, 'Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.'

Donald and Melania Trump are due to make their first official visit to the U.K. in July.

They were known to have been left off the guest list for the nuptials that will not be treated as a state wedding, as Harry is presently sixth in line for the throne.

'It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both U.K. and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding. Her Majesty's Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household,' Kensington Palace in April said.

The decree left British Prime Minister Theresa May off the guest list, as well as Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Prince Harry and the Obamas bonded over the Invictus Games when the Democratic president was in office. The prince had been encouraged not to invite the American politician to his wedding by the British government, it was reported, because it could upset the easily offended and sitting president.

A source with knowledge of the guest list declined to say whether the Obamas were invited when some guests, including Markle's old 'Suits' castmates, were revealed in April. 

The person told press that the former president and first lady would not be attending in any case, adding, 'But the couples look forward to seeing each other soon.'

MEGHAN AND HARRY'S RECOMMENDED CHARITIES: CHIVA (Children's HIV Association)

The Children's HIV Association (CHIVA) supports children living with HIV and their families, across the U.K. and Ireland. The charity aims to enhance the well-being of children and young people with HIV and to create a more hopeful and optimistic future for them, ensuring they achieve their greatest potential.

Dr. Amanda Williams, Chair of CHIVA, said: 'We are delighted and honoured that Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to recognise our work supporting the health and well-being of children and young people living with HIV in the UK and Ireland. 

'We are grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness of the complex issues for young people growing up with HIV. We are a very small charity and through our work we support over 1,000 young people living with HIV. 

'All donations will make a significant difference to our programmes of work and lead to direct improvements in the lives of these young people.'

Last week Harry and Meghan attended a training session for Invictus Games hopefuls, but wounded veterans didn't make it on to the list of causes 
Last week Harry and Meghan attended a training session for Invictus Games hopefuls, but wounded veterans didn't make it on to the list of causes 

Last week Harry and Meghan attended a training session for Invictus Games hopefuls, but wounded veterans didn't make it on to the list of causes 

Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. The charity helps people directly out of homelessness, working side by side with thousands of people each year to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.

How Meghan gave up her charity links ahead of the royal wedding 

After announcing her engagement to Harry, Meghan gave up her charitable commitments including her work with WorldVision, to focus on her new life as a royal with a 'clean slate'. 

She became a World Vision Global Ambassador after heading to Rwanda with the organization in February 2016 when she saw the impact of clean water on the lives of children and communities in Africa.

In January 2017, she travelled to Delhi and Mumbai with the charity, which is a global relief, development and advocacy charity.

Kensington Palace said she would be focusing on her new life, rather than past charities.

Harry's communications secretary Jason Knauf said: 'She has made the decision that she wants to start with a clean slate and focus on the UK, and getting to know this country, and travelling around the Commonwealth.'

She also stepped away from her roles as a UN women's advocate and a counselor for One Young World.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: 'We are hugely grateful that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are asking the public to support Crisis as they celebrate their wedding. 

'Homelessness is one of the most urgent issues of our time, but at Crisis we know what it takes to end it. Donations will help us to support more people to leave homelessness behind through our housing, employment, education and advice services across the country, and to campaign for the changes needed to solve the homelessness crisis once and for all.'

Myna Mahila Foundation

Myna Mahila Foundation is a charity that empowers women in Mumbai's urban slums by providing them with a trusted network in which they are supported professionally and personally to help them grow as individuals and businesswomen.

Myna offers women from these communities stable employment close to their homes and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene by offering women access to low cost sanitary pads and accurate information about their health.

Providing mothers in the community with these products helps them equip their daughters to stay in school. The pads are manufactured and distributed by women from these communities. 

The charity also empowers its staff through training in women's health, English, maths, and life skills such as self-defense.

Former soldier Prince Harry nominated Scotty's Little Soldier, which supports children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces 
Former soldier Prince Harry nominated Scotty's Little Soldier, which supports children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces 

Former soldier Prince Harry nominated Scotty's Little Soldier, which supports children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces 

Markle saw the work of the foundation first hand when she visited the charity last year. She wrote about it in Time Magazine.

Suhani Jalota, who founded Myna Mahila in 2015, said: 'Myna Mahila Foundation is delighted to be a part of this special occasion for Ms. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. 

'This support will enable us to expand our reach into more urban slums in Mumbai, empowering local women through access to menstrual hygiene products and employment opportunities.'

Who does Scotty's Little Soldiers support?  

Lee Scott who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 with his son Kai 
Lee Scott who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 with his son Kai 

Lee Scott who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 with his son Kai 

A charity that supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces is among a selection that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked people to donate to - instead of giving wedding presents.

Scotty's Little Soldiers, which was inspired by war widow Nikki Scott, is one of seven charities the Royal couple has chosen to support.

The charity was set up in memory of Nikki's husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

It now provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved forces children around the UK, including holidays, group events and professional bereavement counseling.

Assistance is available to families from the British Army, Royal Navy or RAF and the charity has the vision: 'We want every bereaved British Forces child to have access to the very best emotional support, outstanding development opportunities and the chance to smile again.'

Nikki Scott set up the charity in her husband's memory, which provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK
Nikki Scott set up the charity in her husband's memory, which provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK

Nikki Scott set up the charity in her husband's memory, which provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK

Nikki says that she knows that this is a charity close to Harry's heart. Pictured: Lee with his son Kai 
Nikki says that she knows that this is a charity close to Harry's heart. Pictured: Lee with his son Kai 

Nikki says that she knows that this is a charity close to Harry's heart. Pictured: Lee with his son Kai 

Scotty provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK, including holidays, group events and professional bereavement counselling. Pictured: Lee while on tour in Afghanistan
Scotty provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK, including holidays, group events and professional bereavement counselling. Pictured: Lee while on tour in Afghanistan

Scotty provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK, including holidays, group events and professional bereavement counselling. Pictured: Lee while on tour in Afghanistan

Nikki (pictured with Lee) says that she feels 'overwhelmed' to have the support of Prince Harry and Meghan
Nikki (pictured with Lee) says that she feels 'overwhelmed' to have the support of Prince Harry and Meghan

Nikki (pictured with Lee) says that she feels 'overwhelmed' to have the support of Prince Harry and Meghan

Charity founder, Nikki Scott, said: 'We are absolutely overwhelmed to have been personally selected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as one of their chosen charities to benefit from donations marking the Royal wedding. 

'Having met Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace last year, I know that helping the children of fallen British Forces heroes sits closely to his heart.

'For all our members, Scotty's Little Soldiers offers a vital support network for children, who at such a young age, have already gone through so much. 

'Simply having the opportunity to spend time with other children who have gone through something similar or receiving a gift on the anniversary of their parent's death can help reassure them that they are not alone.' 

Scotty's Little Soldiers offers a vital support network for children who have lost their parents at a young age. Pictured: Lee and Nikki with their children Brooke (left) and Kai
Scotty's Little Soldiers offers a vital support network for children who have lost their parents at a young age. Pictured: Lee and Nikki with their children Brooke (left) and Kai

Scotty's Little Soldiers offers a vital support network for children who have lost their parents at a young age. Pictured: Lee and Nikki with their children Brooke (left) and Kai

 

Nikki Scott set up a charity that provides a support network for bereaved forces children 
Nikki Scott set up a charity that provides a support network for bereaved forces children 

Nikki Scott set up a charity that provides a support network for bereaved forces children 

Nikki says that giving bereaved children the opportunity to spend time with others is a great help
Nikki says that giving bereaved children the opportunity to spend time with others is a great help

Nikki says that giving bereaved children the opportunity to spend time with others is a great help

StreetGames

StreetGames uses sport to change lives across the UK, helping people and communities to become healthier, safer and more successful. StreetGames uses sport to empower young people to kick-start a cycle of positive change in their own lives that resonates across their communities.

Jane Ashworth OBE, CEO of StreetGames, said: 'All of us at StreetGames are absolutely thrilled to have been personally chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Markle. It's a great honour to have our work using sport to change lives and communities recognised in this way.'

Meghan and Harry met young participants in the StreetGames initiative when they visited Cardiff earlier this year 
Meghan and Harry met young participants in the StreetGames initiative when they visited Cardiff earlier this year 

Meghan and Harry met young participants in the StreetGames initiative when they visited Cardiff earlier this year 

Last week, the couple visited Bath to meet athletes training for the next Invictus Games - and have nominated several sporting charities to benefit from their wedding 
Last week, the couple visited Bath to meet athletes training for the next Invictus Games - and have nominated several sporting charities to benefit from their wedding 

Last week, the couple visited Bath to meet athletes training for the next Invictus Games - and have nominated several sporting charities to benefit from their wedding 

Surfers Against Sewage

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

Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive of Surfers Against Sewage, said: 'Surfers Against Sewage is thrilled to be one of the charities chosen to benefit from donations marking the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Our work as a national marine conservation charity empowers tens of thousands of volunteers annually to protect beaches for everyone. We are currently focused on tackling plastic pollution and this support will help us move towards our vision of Plastic Free Coastlines.'

The Wilderness Foundation UK

The Wilderness Foundation UK promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature. Through the great outdoors, the charity helps build resilience in vulnerable teenagers, introduces rural employment to urban youth, and brings science to life.

Jo Roberts, CEO of The Wilderness Foundation UK, said: 'We are deeply touched and honoured that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have chosen to support The Wilderness Foundation and its beneficiaries. 

'As the world's population grows exponentially the planet's remaining wild places and resources are coming under increasing threat. It has never been more important for us as humans to protect the planet that gives us life. Whilst teaching conservation values, we in turn use the positive power of nature to support and recharge the lives of challenged and vulnerable young people and adults.'

Prince Charles will no doubt be impressed by Harry and Meghan's decision to include environmental charities on the list 
Prince Charles will no doubt be impressed by Harry and Meghan's decision to include environmental charities on the list 

Prince Charles will no doubt be impressed by Harry and Meghan's decision to include environmental charities on the list 

 

 

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