The Mumbai Dabbawallah Association always celebrates whenever there is something good happening in the royal family. This time, it is the birth of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Now, Mumbai Dabbawallah Association has announced that it will dispatch silver jewellery for Baby Archie.
Talking to Times of India, Subhash Talekar of Mumbai Dabbawallah Association said, “We are pleased that our friend Prince Charles has become a grandfather again. We will gift the baby the traditional silver cummerbund, anklets and wristbands. We cannot afford gold. I know that the baby may not wear the ornaments, but at least royal family will store our gifts.”
However, the association is yet to determine its budget.
Talekar’s friend Pavan Agarwal will chaperone him to Sejal Jewellers in Ghatkopar to make the purchases. Agarwal told TOI, “I had brought traditional slippers and a turban for Prince William and a sari for Duchess of Cambridge Kate at their wedding. I visited Buckingham Palace in 2009 and was pleased to see they have retained our presents in the gift gallery.”
However, Anil Jain from Sejal Jewellers said, “I am not aware what they wish to buy for the royal family, but I stock only diamonds and gold, not silver.”
Raghunath Medge, rival of Nutan Tiffin Dabbawallah Association called it a publicity stunt and said, “Neither of them has ever lifted a tiffin themselves. Merely writing about our trade does not give you the right to claim affiliation. In fact, our community has been swindled by those who claim to represent us.”
Earlier, during the occasion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, the association have distributed sweets to the relatives of patients undergoing treatment in government-run hospitals— Tata Memorial Hospital, KEM Hospital and Wadia Hospital. They also engaged themselves in shopping where they bought turban for the groom and Maharashtrian Paithani saree for the bride.
The relationship between the dabbawalas and British royal kicked off in the year 2003 when Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, had visited them in Mumbai. The dabbawalas and Prince Charles had an interaction and the Prince was hugely impressed with their work. The two office-bearers of dabbawalas organization were also invited to the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles in April 2005.