By Julia Glum
April 9, 2018

When Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip in 1947, she got a race-horse named Astrakhan as a wedding present. When Princess Diana wed Prince Charles in 1981, she received century-old silk mittens.

But Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want none of that. The #wokest royal couple is asking wedding well-wishers to skip lavish gifts and donate to charity instead.

Ahead of their May 19 nuptials, the Kensington Palace confirmed in a news release that the pair is requesting charitable donations to seven specific organizations in lieu of traditional wedding presents.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit,” the palace wrote.

The charities include:

  • The Children’s HIV Association, which supports young HIV patients and their families in the United Kingdom and Ireland;
  • Crisis, which provides homeless people with assistance, advice, employment, and education in England, Scotland and Wales;
  • The Myna Mahila Foundation, which gives women in Mumbai, India the opportunity to work by making and selling menstrual pads in their communities;
  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which helps children of British Armed Forces members who died while serving;
  • StreetGames, which runs a network of sports programs for young people living in disadvantaged communities;
  • Surfers Against Sewage, which campaigns for cleaner beaches and plastic-free coastlines for surfers, dog walkers and more;
  • The Wilderness Foundation UK, which takes kids and adults on wilderness trips to broaden their horizons and foster conservation efforts.

Harry and his fiancée, American actress Markle, don’t have formal partnerships with any of these charities, according to the palace. But they do have personal connections with several of them. Markle visited India in early 2017 to meet with Myna Mahila Foundation employees firsthand (and even wrote a TIME piece about it). Harry attended a nature immersion program put on by the Wilderness Foundation last fall, sitting around a fire pit and learning survival methods with young participants.

The soon-to-be newlyweds arguably don’t need many presents—together, they’re worth an estimated $30 million.

They’re also following Harry’s older brother’s lead: When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, the couple asked people to donate money to a charity fund instead of flooding the palace with blenders and cutlery. They raised about $1.4 million for 26 organizations, according to the Telegraph.

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