May 17, 2018, 2:25 PM ET

Trumps plan to send royal wedding gift

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While President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump won't be attending Saturday’s highly-anticipated royal wedding in the United Kingdom, the White House confirms they will be sending a wedding gift instead.

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“President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the seven charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

The White House did not disclose the amount of the donation.

American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry requested wedding guests and well-wishers make donations to charities they care about including the Children’s HIV Association, Crisis – a charity for homeless people, Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity for bereaved Armed Forces children, Street Games, the Myna Mahila Foundation, which works to empower women in Mumbai’s urban slums, and the Wilderness Foundation UK, which introduces vulnerable youth to the outdoors.

PHOTO: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive for the ANZAC Day service at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, April 25, 2018.REX/Shutterstock
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive for the ANZAC Day service at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, April 25, 2018.

The Trump’s donation will follow in the tradition of American presidents who have sent gifts to Royal couples – in 1947, President Harry Truman sent Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth a glass bowl and President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan also sent a glass bowl to Prince Charles and Diana for their wedding in 1981.

PHOTO: Prince Charles escorts Princess Diana to the balcony at Buckingham Palace just after their wedding.Wallace McNamee/Corbis via Getty Images
Prince Charles escorts Princess Diana to the balcony at Buckingham Palace just after their wedding.

The Trumps won’t be alone in their exclusion from one of the most exclusive events in the world this Saturday – Prince Harry requested that no political officials be invited to the wedding.

“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders - both UK and international - is not required for Prince Harry’s and Ms. Markle’s wedding. Her Majesty's Government was consulted on this decision which was taken by the Royal Household,” said Kensington Palace in a statement.

Even the Obamas – who have had a friendly relationship with Prince Harry – will not be attending the wedding, although a spokesman noted: “The couples look forward to seeing each other soon.”

PHOTO: Former President Barack Obama and Prince Harry share a joke as they watch wheelchair basketball on day 7 of the Invictus Games 2017 on September 29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation
Former President Barack Obama and Prince Harry share a joke as they watch wheelchair basketball on day 7 of the Invictus Games 2017 on September 29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

Trump told Piers Morgan he wasn’t aware of any invitation to the Royal Wedding but said of the couple in an interview, “I want them to be happy. I really want them to be happy.”

The White House has not said whether or not the president and first lady plan to watch the wedding ceremony, which will be broadcast live in the early morning hours Saturday.

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  • whitepine

    I wonder if Trump consulted Sean Hannity as do what to give the Royal couple.

  • Pingy

    They don't want Trump at the wedding, that's it bottom line and who blames them. Such a shame the Obamas are excluded just to look politically correct.

  • Bud Simpson

    I wonder if it'll be better than a card, like he gave Melania on their anniversary?

  • yetanother1

    The newly married couple will gush with delight at receiving a slightly used, but boldly autographed "Art of the Deal" complete with a few smudges, or drips, of ice cream. Trump can then deduct a "princely" sum off his taxes for international relationship assistance and goodwill.

  • Btheladyinred

    Hmm and I wonder who's account will pay for that?

  • YouMayBanMeButYouCan'tBanIdeas

    The gift amount will be $130,000 and sent by his personal attorney, but Trump won't know about it.

  • piboson

    Of course Little Donny John was not invited. Nobody in their right-mind would want or expect anything but the worst of humanity from Little Donny John and Pagan Pence, the very worst of humanity!

  • molimelight

    Proper etiquette says that if you are not invited, they don't want your gift either.

  • Planet Earth

    "Donation" from donald don't mean squat

  • Feltois Young

    MAGA hats and Trump steaks are en route

  • Stephen Bishop

    Maybe Melania's birthday gift?

  • AlexaGuyer

    Trump and his mail-order bride will give a generous donation to a charity - The Trump Foundation.

  • labman57

    MAGA hats, Trump mugs, and a 10% discount voucher to his UK golf course.

  • askew

    His absence is certainly a gift.

  • Educated

    ....They don't want anything from this fake President.

  • Stephen Bishop

    Lemme guess, a year's subscription to the Jelly of the Month club.

  • fmd160

    Not that I think Trump will actually do it, but I would have to see solid proof before I believed it. And, no, his word won't work.

  • Powderedtoastman

    "Return to sender"

  • Dicazi

    Guys, he's sending $$ to a charity.
    No hats, no steaks.
    Nothing embarassing.

  • MauiOhana808

    THEY DON'T WANT ANYTHING FROM YOU BOZO THE CLOWN!!!!
    Make America Happy Again!!!
    Thank you Special Prosecutor Mueller!!!
    Aloha :^D

  • disqus_EALPPICQDp

    what, he's not sending a 6 foot portrait of himself as a gift?

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    I'm not so sure that they would appreciate getting matching prince and princess versions of MAGA hats. Even a few pounds of Trump Steaks and Trump Vodka would be better but we know Trump has no taste.

  • mclnVA

    So what CAN you post on this web site that won’t get censored? Is Mary Had A Little Lamb to hard core? It’s in the public domain, no copyright infringement. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star maybe? How about some nice sweet little inspirational poster affirmations? My god it seems the mods have decided this site’s target audience is a nursery school class. I wonder how many 3 year olds look at the ad space your sponsors bought here hoping people will click through. The ads sure don’t seem like they’re aimed at children, or a bunch o’ nuns, or Tipper Gore.

  • mm

    Here's some sanctions Congratulations!

  • drathvedar

    They're going to make a donation to some charity. What charity and what donation will never be known, if it happens at all. It's just talk.

  • Treblig56

    It just hit me : "Plan to send" The wedding is in 2 friggin' days, and now you are 'planning'? Is it that they never did think of sending a gift until someone asked "And what will you be sending as a wedding gift for Meagan and Harry"?

  • drathvedar

    Maybe he could send them a bowling trophy.

  • RZC

    Wouldn't surprise me if they refused to accept it . They do not like the Orange Man

  • Jake the real Jake

    His resignation via FedEx, Fantastic!

  • Indie6050

    What no autographed copy of "The art of the deal" ????

  • KRJ

    Whatever it is, it will be cheap. The man child has no honor

  • Bronx

    They better make sure that baby blanket trimmed with Walmart Gold Paint doesn't have
    small pox embedded. /s

  • Don'tBotherMe

    Step up Giuliani and make a donation in Trump's name. Welcome to Trump's legal team.

  • Laney D.

    He has a history of saying he will send someone money or whatever, but never does it. I won't hold my breath.

  • JerseyJeff78

    ...probably a years worth of Trump steaks and a case of Trump wine...

    After all, he has to get rid of all the failed Trump junk somehow.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Something big and gaudy with a gold T.

  • Bob Roberts

    How many times has Marmalade Mussolini pledged to contribute to someone's charity....only to not do so until called out on it by the media? Don't hold your breath waiting for that pledged donation...

  • Alex Ross

    Trump can send the charities some of that stolen Qatar or inauguration money.