Prince Harry is quite the gift giver. For the christening of Prince Louis this week, Harry gave his nephew the best present he could find. The Duke of Sussex purchased a first edition of Winnie-The-Pooh, worth close to $11,000.
Insiders say that Harry plans on building a book collection for Louis in honor of the memory of his mom, Princess Diana. A close friend of the royal explained that Harry has fond memories of Diana reading him bedtime stories. Diana was a big fan of all of the classic children’s book and Harry hopes to create a collection of first editions for Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte to enjoy for years to come.
A.A. Milne published Winnie-The-Pooh back in 1926. The first run consisted of 30,000 copies, and Harry purchased his at a rare books store in London. Although $11,000 is a lot to spend on a christening gift, it wasn’t Harry’s first choice.
According to Closer Weekly, Harry planned on buying Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, which was worth three times as much as Winnie-The-Pooh. He ultimately decided on the latter because it was more “suitable” for the kids.
“Robinson Crusoe was William’s favorite book, but Harry loved all things A.A. Milne,” the insider added.
At his christening, Prince Louis wore a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen – the original Royal Christening Robe, of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal 📷PA
Harry attended the christening alongside his wife, Meghan Markle. The event took place inside of St. James’s Palace. Harry donned a dark blue suit for the baptism while Markle rocked an olive green dress. Although Harry and Markle are not the godparents, they looked thrilled to watch Louis get baptized.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, of course, also looked happier than ever to watch their third child get christened. William wore the same style suit as Harry while Middleton donned a white gown for the special event.
As far as Louis is concerned, the baby actually wore the same christening gown that his two siblings wore for their baptisms. The robe is a family heirloom that dates all the way back to 1841, when Queen Victoria’s oldest daughter wore it for her christening.
William and Middleton welcomed Louis into the family a few months ago.
Aside from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, other members of the royal family were present at the event, including Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. The royal family later shared a video of the event on their official Instagram page.