Meghan Markle birthday: Why will Meghan NOT be allowed to keep all her birthday gifts? | Royal | News (Details)

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The Duchess of Sussex will be celebrating her 37th birthday today as the Royal family’s newest member.

Since marrying husband Prince Harry, Meghan has enjoyed number of public outings and events as a working royal.

While there are many perks to being a part of the Royal family, there are strict traditions Meghan must adhere to.

Some of these surround conduct during birthdays, which could mean Meghan has to forfeit some of her presents.

Why will Meghan have to return presents?

Royal tradition means that the royals aren’t allowed to host huge lavish parties, instead settling for a small family affair.

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Certain unsolicited gifts will have to be turned away as presents from celebrities, businesses and firms are forbidden.

This is to prevent royals being exploited for commercial gain by companies and is a hardline rule in the house of Windsor.

This year, when Harry and Meghan were married, the couple were forced to return a total £7million worth of presents.

Official guidelines read: “Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself.”

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This year, the Duchess of Sussex has already been sent an expensive £290 handbag designed by Alexandra K from American animal rights organisation PETA.

Meghan will likely have to return this item alongside any others in order to keep an impartial image as a royal.

What will Meghan do for her birthday?

Megan’s birthday this year could see some huge gifts coming towards her from the royal family.

Last year, it was rumoured that Prince Harry got the Duchess a painting he hand-selected from a Kensington gallery.

The Prince also apparently took his then-girlfriend out for a trip to Botswana.

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This year Meghan will be at the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee on her birthday.

A close friend of both William and Harry, Van Straubenzee was also present at Harry and Megan’s wedding in May.

The couple will be joined by Prince William, who will likely bring Kate with him, making Meghan’s birthday a social and family-led occasion.

Otherwise, very little is known of the plans for the day, but Meghan has said in the past her mother has told her to treat the day like “your own personal New Year”.

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