The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is a mere two weeks away and that means details are coming straight from Kensington Palace in a way that we’ve never seen before. A few days ago, the palace revealed the royal carriage in which the couple will ride off into the sunset and just this morning, an official announcement dropped major details about who’s going to be attending the big day.
Today we have provided an update on the Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
Read the full statement here: https://t.co/bhrPnJtrNm
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 4, 2018
It looks like both of Meghan’s parents are going to be making the jaunt across the pond, arriving a week before the ceremony to meet the parents (and the grandparents). If you thought Robert De Niro was a scary father-in-law, just imagine marrying into the Queen’s family.
Despite speculation that Meghan’s maid-of-honour might be Canadian (we were rooting for you, Jessica Mulroney!) the announcement also revealed that the bride has opted not to choose between her friends. She will, however, have an unspecified number of bridesmaids at her side who will be announced in the coming two weeks. It looks like some of those MOH duties might be falling to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who will ride with her daughter to the ceremony at Windsor Castle.
As for who’s walking the golden girl down the aisle, it looks like it will be her father, Thomas Markle. There was some drama surrounding the decision with members of Meghan’s family suggesting she wouldn’t ask her father to do it and royal watcher speculating Ragland or Prince William might get the nod. It looks like all’s good in Markle-land though and Meghan’s dad will be there at her side for the big day.
The palace has said that they won’t be publishing the official 600-person guest list, but they did give some insight into a couple of familiar faces that will be there. All three of Princess Diana’s siblings will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will be performing a reading to represent the family and “celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.” There will also be an additional 2,600 people invited onto the grounds of Windsor Castle to celebrate the occasion.
The announcement also gave a rundown of what to expect during the day (or really early morning for us) on May 19th. Guests will arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. local time, with members of the Royal Family making their entrances after 11:20 a.m. Princes Harry and William will arrive by foot shortly after and Meghan will come by car from her overnight residence using a route that will allow onlookers to see her pass.
The service will be about an hour and will be published online the day before so we peasants can follow along. Then the newlyweds will grace the public with their presence briefly in a 25-minute royal procession with that gorgeous carriage. Then the couple will go party the night away at Frogmore House while we go back to our lives.
In the next two weeks we can expect more official announcements on Pageboys, Bridesmaids, floral arrangements and the cake.