They may be the most talked about couple in the world but that hasn’t stopped Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from writing a personal letter to Today Show host Georgie Gardner.
Speaking on Thursday’s episode of the Channel Nine morning show, Gardner revealed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent her a special letter thanking her for her touching wedding gift.
“I was very thrilled yesterday to receive a letter from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” she told viewers at home while her stunned co-hosts looked on.
The 48-year-old explained that when she travelled to the United Kingdom in May to cover the royal wedding, she felt compelled to give the happy couple a gift. She asked a friend who creates neo-print picnic rugs to print an image of Western Australia’s famous Cape Leveque onto a rug for the royal couple.
“I thought every new newlywed couple needs a picnic rug to canoodle on,” she explained.
She gave the present to Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press spokesperson, who assured her he would get it to Kensington Palace.
In their letter, which Gardner read out on air, the royal couple said they were incredibly touched by the gesture and apologised for their tardy thank you note.
“Dear Georgie, we wanted to write and thank you so much for the incredibly thoughtful wedding gift,” the letter read. “We’re both delighted you would think of us during this special time and greatly appreciate your kindness.
“We apologise in the delay in getting this letter to you, but as you can hopefully understand, it has been a very busy time for us. Thank you again for your kind gift. We’re incredibly touched.”
She joked the couple agreed Stefanovic was “a pain in the neck” and said that she hoped Harry and Meghan were kissing on Cape Leveque. The host also said that the letter would be going straight to the Pool Room at home.
The royal family have strict guidelines when it comes to gifts from the public and aren’t allowed to accept anything valued at over £150 (AU$260, US$207) but are welcome to use items under this value as they please.
Items can also be kept in storage for up to five years, and can be destroyed or disposed of if the family decides there is no use for a gift. They can also be donated to charities and various organisations. Here’s hoping they decide to keep Gardner’s rug.