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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981) is an American member of the British royal family and former actress. Markle was raised in Los Angeles, California and has a mixed ethnic heritage. During her studies at Northwestern University, she began playing small roles in television series and films. From 2011 to 2017, she played Rachel Zane on the American legal drama Suits. She is an outspoken feminist and has addressed issues of gender inequality, and her lifestyle website The Tig featured a column profiling influential women. She represented international charity organizations and received recognition for her fashion and style, releasing a line of clothing in 2016.
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, KCVO ADC (Henry Charles Albert David;15 September 1984) is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne. Harry was educated at Wetherby School, Ludgrove School, and Eton College. He spent parts of his gap year in Australia and Lesotho. He then underwent officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a cornet (second lieutenant) into the Blues and Royals, serving temporarily with his brother Prince William, and he completed his training as a troop leader. In 2007–08, he served for over ten weeks in Helmand, Afghanistan, but was pulled out after an Australian magazine revealed his presence there. He returned to Afghanistan for a 20-week deployment in 2012–13 with the Army Air Corps. He left the army in June 2015.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were forced to return £7m in wedding gifts - but rules have changed since stepping down

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When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were active members of the Royal family, they had to adhere to numerous rules due to their taxpayer-funded status.However, their decision in 2020 to step back and strive for "financial independence" brought about a significant change in their lives, freeing them from many of the protocols that once governed their actions - including those related to accepting gifts.The Royal Family is bound by stringent rules regarding the acceptance of gifts or presents from the public and private companies, reports the Mirror.This is to ensure that the gift does not compromise the royals themselves, thereby safeguarding the institution of the monarchy as a whole.Now private citizens, Meghan and Harry are no longer obliged to follow such rules.This allowed them to keep £7m worth of wedding gifts that they would have had to return in 2018, as they no longer represent the crown officially and do not receive any public funding.

Meghan and Harry, who tied the knot in May 2018, were showered with gifts from the public despite their request for donations to their favourite charities instead of wedding presents.However, due to safety reasons, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were unable to keep these tokens of goodwill.In addition, numerous companies reportedly sent wedding gifts to the couple, which they had to return.

This was due to Royal protocol stating that no gifts should be accepted that could potentially obligate the Royal Family member to the donor.If a royal receives a company's gift, it could be seen as a form of advertising - after all, it's publicity for a company if a Royal is spotted using their product.However, this is deemed inappropriate, and any such gifts would need to be returned.In

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