Kate Middleton, Prince William Ask For Donations To Beatbullying

03/18/2011 11:13 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Earlier this week, royal officials announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton are requesting charitable gifts instead of wedding presents, the Associated Press reports.

In a statement, St. James' Palace said, "They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date."

On the list: the Army Widows' Association, children's charity ACT, a London zoo project to save Kenya's black rhino -- and Beatbullying, a group that "work[s] intensively with those so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school that next morning," according to its website.

The Daily Mail writes of Kate:

She had allegedly been 'bullied very badly' before being transferred from Downe House private school, a few miles from her parents' Berkshire home, to Marlborough College in April 1996.

Fellow pupil Jessica Hay said in an interview: 'Apparently she had been bullied very badly at her previous school.

'She certainly looked very thin and pale. She had very little confidence.'

A spokesperson for Beatbullying told the Mail that the organization will ask Kate to become a patron.

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