Another royal wedding is right around the corner! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday, Nov. 27 — and now, the couple is already dishing details on their big day! Scroll down to see everything you need to know about Harry and Meghan's wedding!
The newly-engaged pair announced on Tuesday, Nov. 28 that they will tie the knot in May 2018. The exact date of their nuptials has not yet been revealed. Next spring will be an especially exciting time for the royal family as Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their third baby in April 2018, Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her 92nd birthday on April 21, Kate and William will ring in their seventh wedding anniversary on April 29, and Princess Charlotte will turn three years old on May 2.
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Harry and Meghan — who was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at Northwestern University — will exchange vows at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace revealed on Tuesday, Nov. 28. "Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year," a palace spokesperson said in a statement. "They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple." It is thought, but not confirmed, that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will officiate the royal wedding.
According to a previous report, Harry doesn't want his wedding to be extravagant — so Windsor Castle will be the perfect setting for the low-key nuptials! "Pomp and pageantry is the last thing he would want. I can see him wanting to get married at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It would stop it from turning into a total media circus and give the day a sense of privacy that Harry so badly craves," a source revealed earlier this year.
Yes! A palace spokesperson has confirmed the wedding will be televised. "The couple of course want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family. They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved. This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom," the message read. We can't wait to watch!
St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Royal expert Kate Nicholl recently told Entertainment Tonight that Harry's special bond with grandfather Prince Philip has impacted both the timing and the venue of his upcoming wedding to Meghan. "He wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen. In fact, one of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly — this is really whirlwind by royal standards — is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding. He's incredibly close to his grandfather and, being 96, Harry thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy," Nicholl explained. How sweet!
Meghan hasn't officially revealed the designer of her gown, but many people think her close friend Misha Nonoo — who introduced her to Harry! — may help create the frock. Meghan's longtime, Toronto-based stylist, Jessica Mulroney, may also contribute to her wedding-day look. Additionally, the actress is allegedly considering two of Princess Diana's favorite designers, Catherine Walker and Amanda Wakeley. She could also work with the creator of Kate Middleton's 2011 royal wedding gown, Jenny Packham.
In a previous interview with Glamour, Meghan described her perfect wedding dress: "I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style — wedding or not — is very pared down and relaxed. Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty. And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs." She also said she "happens to love" a "low ballerina inspired neckline" on wedding gowns and her all-time favorite celebrity wedding dress belonged to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.
In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, royal family hairstylist Sean Donaldson of Sean Donaldson Hair predicted Meghan will wear her hair in a loose updo on her wedding day. "Being British and knowing the royal family, and seeing many royal weddings, she'll be keeping her hair long for sure. I would imagine she probably would soften the color around her face just a little bit. I imagine that she would very lightly — by one or one and a half shades — would lighten around the hairline," he said.
"I think she's going to bring in her own edge and own style, but at the same time she's still marrying into the royal family and they have their ways and their looks, so I would imagine that Meghan's hair will go up," he continued. "I can't imagine her doing half up half down because I think she's going to want it distinguished between her and Kate, since this is the next brother, son of Princess Diana — and this will be the next big royal family since Kate and William's."
Though the couple has not yet commented on their possible wedding party members, a previous report suggested Meghan wants her future sister-in-law Kate to be one of her bridesmaids. It is additionally thought that Meghan's famous friends Priyanka Chopra and Serena Williams could be in the wedding as well as her close pals Lindsay Roth, Jessica Mulroney, Janina Gavankar, and Heather Dorak. Meghan does have one half-sister, Samantha Grant, but the two have been estranged for about a decade so it's assumed Samantha may not be included in the wedding. As for Harry, we're sure his older brother William will be in his wedding party. Additionally, William and Kate's two children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, could very well be a ring bearer and flower girl!
Though previous reports claimed Queen Elizabeth wouldn't attend the event, Kensington Palace has suggested the monarch will watch Harry and Meghan tie the knot. Though we don't yet know the actual royal wedding invite list — a Kensington Palace spokesperson said the guests "will be announced in due course" — it is assumed that Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in addition to Meghan's parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, will be invited. Other royal family members including Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne, along with their respective families, will likely make the cut.
It is also thought that British Prime Minister Teresa May, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Barack and Michelle Obama could attend. Harry and his family are also close with many celebrities including Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman, Keith Urban, and Nicole Kidman. Finally, it's believed Kate's family — sister Pippa Middleton, brother-in-law James Matthews, brother James Middleton, and parents Carole and Michael Middleton — will make the guest list.
We don't know for sure, but we do know that Ed Sheeran would love to be offered the gig! While visiting Buckingham Palace earlier this month, reporters asked Ed if he'd like to sing at Harry and Meghan's May 2018 wedding and he replied, "Yeah, why not!" Considering one of Ed's latest hits, "Shape of You," was one of the most popular songs of 2017, he seems like a great pick! Back in 2011, singer Ellie Goulding performed at Kate and William's royal nuptials. And, since Ellie is a close friend of Prince Harry, she could also be a contender for his wedding performer!
According to The Telegraph, Harry and Meghan want a wedding cake made of bananas! Why, you ask? First, Harry reportedly loves "anything with banana." And, right after Harry and Meghan's romance was confirmed last year, the actress took to Instagram to post a cheeky photo of two bananas cuddling. If the pair really has a banana cake, it would be a break in royal tradition. Fruit cake is typically served at royal weddings because it lasts long enough for a piece to be served at the future christening of the couple’s first child!
Probably not. "I don’t think they will," said UK family lawyer Julian Hawkhead. “If there was any drive to do so it would have come from the senior members of the royal family. There has been absolutely no such direction to do this and in fact, I’m reminded of when Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged to be married, the Palace made it quite clear that they had no expectation that there should be any such prenuptial arrangement made."
And if they split up, Meghan likely won't get a half of Harry's royal fortune. “Her financial claims would increase over the years though not through any formula or incrementally year by year, but one would expect a wife in Meghan’s position to have greater financial claims after a 10-year marriage than after a two-year marriage," Hawkhead added.
A statement released by Kensington Palace revealed "the royal family will pay for the wedding." Sounds great for Meghan's family, especially since the nuptials will reportedly cost a whopping $30 million! According to Life & Style, a large chunk of the expenses will be on security, with an insider revealing just that will cost the couple $25 million. Plus they are reportedly spending $2 million just on private planes to fly guests to the UK. When Harry's older brother William tied the knot with Kate in 2011, the royal family spent $34 million on the wedding. While Harry and Meghan's event will be much smaller, they are still allegedly inviting close to 700 people to their nuptials!
The duo may actually honeymoon in the US, Meghan's home country! Harry is a longtime supporter of Walking with the Wounded, a group that sponsors Walk to America, a three-month-long hike that will take place from May to July 2018. That said, the newly-married couple may travel to the US during that time to show their support!
When the two tie the knot, Meghan could adopt the royal family's last name and become Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor, if she wants. "Junior members of the royal family have the option of using the surname," royal historian and author Carolyn Harris told Town & Country. Since Harry also informally uses the last names Windsor and Wales, Meghan could go by those, too. Additionally, it is thought Meghan will receive the royal title HRH the Duchess of Sussex when she marries Harry. So cool, right?!
Yes! Meghan will become a UK citizen and get baptized in the Church of England. First, Meghan needs to join the Church of England, which of course her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth is the head of. Her dad is an Episcopalian and her mother is a Protestant, so her personal religion likely isn't that different from the Church of England, but she will still need to be baptized and confirmed. “In the Church of England this may involve water being poured on your head at the font, or the church may have a special pool and you will be fully immersed in the water,” explains the church website. “However it happens, it’s a great occasion, full of joy.” Meghan will then have to get her UK citizenship, since she's an American citizen by birth.
No, England has had a queen with African ancestry before! In the 1700s, Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany married King George III, and she became the first-ever person of color in the throne. Apparently, six bloodlines of the queen's could be traced to Portuguese royalty Margarita de Castro y Sousa, who was of African descent, according to PBS. In portraits, her skin is lightened and her African features are played down by the artists of the time, but rest assured, she was certainly mixed-race. Fascinating, right?!
During their official engagement interview on Monday, Nov. 27, Harry and Meghan revealed the prince popped the question at the couple's Nottingham Cottage home at Kensington Palace in November 2017. "It was just a typical night for us," Harry said, to which Meghan added, "What were we doing? Just roasting chicken? Trying to roast a chicken and it was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and romantic. He got on one knee." Harry continued, "She didn’t even let me finish! Then there were hugs and I had the ring on my finger and I was like, 'Can I give you the ring?' So it was a really nice moment it was just the two of us and I think I managed to catch her by surprise as well."
Harry then presented his bride-to-be with a gorgeous, white gold and diamond engagement ring. "I would estimate Meghan’s ring to be roughly a 2.5 to 3-carat cushion cut diamond. Cushions are cut deep, so they appear even smaller than what they really are," celebrity jeweler George Khalife, aka "George the Jeweler," told Life & Style. "I would say the ring is valued at roughly $60,000, with the two side stones having belonged to Princess Diana, and the main stone coming from Botswana, a country close to Prince Harry’s heart."
Yes! Following their engagement announcement, the duo confessed they want to have children in the "near future." When asked in an interview about having a baby right now, Harry replied, "Not currently, no. [But] of course, you know, I think one step at a time. Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future." We're so excited for the couple to start their own royal family!
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