A commemorative plate available for sale on Etsy says it honors the royal wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, but the groom pictured isn't Prince Harry — it's singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. But don't worry — the product is just a gag, not a case of someone thinking all redheads look alike!
Lucy Bryant, the owner of the ModernChintz Etsy shop, told the Daily Mail the mix-up was "entirely deliberate" and inspired by a commemorative mug featuring the faces of another mismatched couple — Prince Harry and Kate Middleton. "I bought a Kate and Prince William mug when they got married and when it arrived, it was a pic of Harry instead of William," she said. "It inspired me to do something similar… and when I was thinking of a random redhead, I thought Ed would be perfect. It's been pretty popular!"
— The Royal Chef (@DarrenMcGrady) April 9, 2018
But Bryant's product description on Etsy sounds earnest. "Celebrate THE wedding of the year with this beautiful china plate featuring the portraits of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," Lucy wrote on her site. "Whether you choose to eat your toast and Marmite (Harry’s favorite snack) from [it], or hang it on your wall, this plate won't fail to raise a smile and evoke pride in our country’s most cherished couple."
And Lucy certainly had people fooled, even former royal chef Darren McGrady. "Loving all the #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle #RoyalWedding2018 memorabilia," he tweeted on April 9, along with a photo of Bryant's masterpiece. "Just think some companies should do a little more research first."
But these folks would know it was all a joke if they had really scrutinized Bryant's Etsy page. She lists the plate as an "alternative" version, and she's also selling a commemorative plate with the correct visages. Plus, she describes ModernChintz as a store for "tote bags, art, and jewelry… all with a slightly subversive slant." Other ModernChintz plates show a seagull eating a pigeon, a dog peeing on a trash bin, and a burnt-out car sinking in a reservoir. There's even another royal wedding commemorative plate with the words "So over it" scrawled over Harry and Meghan's faces like graffiti.
We bet somewhere in London the royal family is having quite a laugh over this merch and all the people who got tricked. Maybe they're even putting in an Etsy order of their own!
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