While Meghan Markle still has four months before she marries into the British royal family, the American actress has already received her first official royal gift. Kensington Palace revealed that Prince William received an apron on behalf of the Suits alum, who is a keen cook, and Prince Harry during his official visit to Finland in November.
Meghan has previously admitted that cooking is one of her passions. When asked about her "hobbies" in 2013, she told Marie Claire, “I love to cook. My [Suits] character [Rachel Zane] is a foodie because they know that I'm a foodie. I'm always on the quest to find amazing new restaurants and new recipes. I'm a California girl, right? I grew up with that farm-to-table dining before it was sweeping the nation. I do think there's some value to really throwing yourself into food and embracing where it comes from.”
Prince William was presented with an apron for Meghan in 2017 Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Following news of her royal engagement, the kitchen savvy TV star revealed that Prince Harry proposed while they were making roast chicken together. In their first TV interview, the 36-year-old shared: “[It was] a cozy night, it was — what we were doing? Roasting a chicken and it was just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee."
Harry, 33, and his fiancée will tie the knot in May. Earlier this month during a visit to Brixton, Meghan revealed that she is "so excited" for the big day. Aside from the royal bride-to-be’s first-ever royal gift, it was revealed by the palace that Prince George and Princess Charlotte received nearly 90 presents in 2017.
Meghan and Harry will say 'I do' on May 19, 2018 Photo: Getty Images
According to the official record, which was released by the palace on Wednesday, January 17, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children received 38 gifts between them during their trip to Poland and Germany, including soft toys, toy trains, socks and a dreamcatcher. The Duke of Cambridge was also gifted with two Hobby horses for the pair during his visit to Finland.
So what happens to these royal gifts? A spokesperson told the Mail Online: "Some items will be taken into the home and others stored within the Royal Household. On occasion, and where appropriate, items may be donated to organizations who can make good use of them. Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for the warm and generosity that has been extended to their children from members of the public."