Mumbai’s dabbawalas choose wedding gifts for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
Mumbai Dabbawalas’ Association said they would send a traditional sari and a long, close-fitting kurta jacket as a wedding gift for Britain’s Prince Harry, his US fiancee Meghan Markle
Mumbai: A group of Mumbai’s dabbawalas — the Indian city’s famed lunch delivery men — were out shopping on Friday for a traditional sari dress and a kurta jacket as a wedding gift for Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry and Markle will marry on 19 May in a ceremony in Windsor that is attracting huge attention around the world.
Back in 2005, Harry’s father Prince Charles invited some dabbawalas from Mumbai to his wedding with Camilla Parker Bowles. One of them was Sopan Mare.
“At the time of Prince Charles’ wedding, the royal family treated us like family. As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed, it almost seems like it’s a wedding in our family,” said Mare, who helped choose the gifts for Harry and Meghan in one of the city’s fabric shops.
Subhash Talekar, a spokesman for the Mumbai Dabbawalas’ Association, said they would send a traditional sari and a long, close-fitting kurta jacket from the state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital.
At the Gurukul School of Art in central Mumbai, children were painting posters of Harry, Markle and Queen Elizabeth.
Even more thrilled were the women from the Mumbai-based NGO Myna Mahila Foundation, one of a handful of charities picked by the couple to attend the wedding.
“We have been preparing in terms of what will we be wearing and what we will be giving,” said founder Suhani Jalota, whose organisation aims to break taboos around menstrual hygiene in India by offering women access to low-cost sanitary pads.
Jalota said her NGO planned to give the couple calligraphic portraits because Markle, who visited the foundation last year, had been a calligraphy artist.
Elsewhere, PETA animal rights activists in India said they had given Prince Harry and Markle a bull, rescued after he was injured, and called him “Merry” - a hybrid of the couple’s names.
“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now have a one-ton bull to call their own. Rescuing Merry is an ideal wedding present for a couple who want their day celebrated with charitable works and contributions,” PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.
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