Ardern reveals present for royal wedding

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed New Zealand’s present for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“Given New Zealand’s close contact with the royal family, our connection to the royal family, we have decided – as we did with Prince William and Catherine – to make a donation,” Ms Ardern told reporters on Monday.

“With the agreement of the royal couple, the government will be making a donation of $5000 to the New Zealand charity Pillars.”

The charity – which will celebrate its 30th anniversary on the day of the royal wedding – gives support to the children of prisoners.

The royal couple have asked anyone sending a wedding gift to consider making a donation instead.

“This gift reflects the couple’s wish that as many people as possible benefit from the generosity of spirit that has been expressed in response to their engagement and wedding,” Ms Ardern said.

“[They] are both very interested in initiatives that support vulnerable children and young people.”

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