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Meghan Markle’s Birthday Gifts: What She Can and Can’t Keep
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Meghan Markle celebrated her first birthday as the Duchess of Sussex this past Saturday, but it appears royal birthdays aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

In addition to having to spend her 37th birthday at Prince Harry’s best friend’s wedding, Markle was not allowed to keep certain birthday gifts, and it’s all because of royal policy.

Royals are not permitted to accept gifts or hospitality services that would, or may appear to, put them in a position where they might owe the donor something, according to The Mirror.

The paper went on to explain that the duchess is allowed to keep samples from businesses (like fashion houses) that cost too much to return, gifts from businesses that are offered as souvenirs during official royal tours and presents sent from U.K. public bodies. She may also accept anything valued at less than $194.20 (or £150), books on noncontroversial subjects and charitable donations made in her name.

On the other hand, she must return samples or gifts from businesses that can be sent back, gifts from fans with suspicious motives, money (unless it can be donated) and books written on contentious subjects (ie: anything about Brexit).

Where’s the fun in being a duchess if you aren’t allowed to keep any birthday gifts? Oh right, you get to be married to a prince.

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