Are you calendars marked? Is Saturday, May 20th circled in red? Because unless you live under a royal-hating rock, and aren’t in the know about English weddings involving upper-crust couples with royal and reality ties, you might need a reminder. Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are set to marry in less than two weeks, and we already know some of the details, like the when and where (St Mark’s Church for the wedding; her parents’ home for the reception). But it’s the who that we’ve been most curious about.
There were reports that Pippa and James had implemented a protocol that prohibited any unmarried or un-engaged partners to the wedding, though they would be able to attend the reception afterwards. That sucked for Prince Harry, who had already RSVPed for both, as it was believed that his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, would see her man at the post-wedding bash.
But my, how things can change in a matter of weeks. Either Harry already popped the question and only insiders have been properly informed, the bride and groom changed up the rules for their guests, or they made an exception for Megs. Because the Express is reporting that Markle will be by Harry’s side, and joining in all the celebrations for Pippa and James, from the ceremony to the reception to the dinner.
Perhaps this came after Meghan cheered Harry on at the Audi Polo Challenge over the weekend. She looked chummy with the prince’s pals and seemed right at home with them and at the field.
The wedding will be a big deal, as it will be the first “official” event she’ll attend with Harry. But Markle’s got this. Unlike the royal’s former girlfriends, she’s used to the spotlight. Maybe not as bright as the one that will be on her and Harry during the wedding weekend — not to mention the rest of their lives if they remain together, please, please, pretty please — but she’s a pro and is used to leading a life in the public eye.
E! reports that she’s already had fittings for her wedding ensemble, which will, of course, include a hat, because we all know how much the royals dig a jaunty chapeau. But, as if it matters what she’s going to wear. She’s going to steal the show no matter what. (Sorry, Pippa.)
Whatever happens, we can’t wait. Ten. More. Days. The countdown is officially on.