Kate Middleton's baby registry to benefit charity?
The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly being swamped with gifts from all around the world, including companies looking to score some free promotion. Will she give it all away?
Thu, Dec 06 2012 at 10:46 AM
Prince William and Kate leave the King Edward VII Hospital where she was treated for acute morning sickness. (Photo: INFPhoto.com)
It's been a wilder week than usual for the world's most famous royal couple.
The good news is Middleton left the hospital today after a four-day stay. According to sources
, she smiled and posed briefly for a photograph alongside her husband, Prince William, before getting "delicately" into a waiting car. The bad news? She's going home to what has become a massive wave of baby gifts.
TMZ is reporting
that the duchess has already received four massive gift baskets from U.S. companies, speculating that hundreds more from around the globe may be on their way. And some of these aren't baskets per se — more like crates of goods.
"We spoke to a rep for Bel Bambini in Beverly Hills," the site says, "who told us they sent Kate a $2,300 gift basket which included a new Bugaboo Cameleon 3 stroller (worth $978), a Fendi layette set ($265), Dior Booties ($275) and much much more."
Only two years ago, Kate and William experienced a similar influx of gifts to celebrate their engagement and approaching nuptials. The couple wisely asked people to donate to some of their favorite charities
in lieu of material goods, setting up a gift registry that included 26 organizations "close to their hearts" and reflecting the "experiences, passions and values of their lives so far."
That charity drive ended up collecting $1.6 million for causes covering the armed forces, conservation, children, the elderly, art and sport. It's a good bet that Will and Kate will pursue a similar plan for people interested in celebrating their new baby, with the only difference being the organizations involved.
All of this is to say that considering the royal family's dedication to charitable causes — and the world's particular fascination with Will and Kate — some kind of benefit is likely to come from all this. I mean really ... how many Bugaboo Cameleon 3 strollers does the duchess really need?
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