Harry Goes Old School for Louis' $10K Christening Gift

A first-run 1926 'Winnie-the-Pooh,' which cost the older prince about $10,500
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2018 5:33 AM CDT
From One Prince to Another: a $10K Christening Gift
In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and his then-fiancee, Meghan Markle, arrive at Nottingham Academy in Nottingham, England.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

He may not be a godparent, but Prince Harry still hooked his new nephew up with what Town & Country calls "the sweetest christening gift." The Sun reports Harry presented little Prince Louis with a first-edition 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh book, a gift that's said to have set him back about $10,600 at rare-book purveyor Peter Harrington. The idea behind Harry's gift is apparently a tribute of sorts to Princess Diana.

"She loved all the old classics, and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte, and George to enjoy as they get older," a friend says, referencing Prince William and Kate Middleton's other two children. The friend notes the AA Milne classic wasn't Harry's first choice—the 33-year-old originally had his eye on Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, which would have cost him nearly $32,000, on sale (he figured Pooh would be a better first read). Only 30,000 editions of Winnie-the-Pooh came out on the first run. (Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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