Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Gave Each Other Super Creative Second Anniversary Gifts

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated their second wedding anniversary on May 19, and swapped creative anniversary gifts based on an old tradition.

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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) celebrated their second wedding anniversary (opens in new tab) on Tuesday (May 19).
  • Meghan reportedly designed Harry's card herself, according to Us Weekly, writing a "beautiful, sentimental" message inside, while Harry surprised Meghan with roses and a ring.
  • But the couple also swapped creative wedding gifts, People reports, based on an old tradition.

It's been two whole years (and three whole days) since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot, and the couple marked the occasion with a low-key celebration in quarantine. They swapped romantic wedding gifts (opens in new tab), according to Us WeeklyMeghan put her famous calligraphy skills (opens in new tab) to good use, designing her own card for Harry and writing a "beautiful, sentimental" message inside, while Harry gave Meghan roses and a ring. But the Sussexes also took part in an old tradition, People reports (opens in new tab), getting creative with themed gifts for each other.

Tradition—medieval tradition, according to The Knot (opens in new tab)—dictates that specific materials be given as gifts for each year of marriage. Paper's a traditional gift for first anniversaries, for instance, while year five is wood, year 10 is tin, and year 15 is crystal. Meghan and Harry are fans of the practice, an insider told (opens in new tab) People, commenting, "They love to do their own take on traditional wedding gifts." Last year, Meghan nailed the paper requirement: She "wrote out the wedding speech and had it framed for him," the source said.

Year two calls for cotton, and the Sussexes stuck to the theme, the insider said. The source didn't specify the exact gifts the couple exchanged, but commented, "Undoubtedly, it was a very creative and romantic gesture as all their gifts are to one another." Cute! 

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