15 burning questions answered – All the latest news!
The news of the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle has made the whole world smile. There’s nothing like a Royal Wedding to boost morale and make us all dream a little of a true princess wedding. So what do we know so far? Here’s our essential guide to everything you need to know about next year’s Royal Wedding.
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1. When is Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding?
With the Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton, expecting her third child in April there’s no end of royal celebrations for the 2018. Therefore the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which is scheduled for May 2018 will likely happen in late in the month. The 28th May looks the most likely but this has yet to be confirmed. This time frame allows for all the preparations to be finalised (and for Will and Kate’s future Princess or Prince to make an appearance).
2. Where is Prince Harry getting married?
The wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place in the beautiful grounds of Windsor, specifically, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The couple released a statement that said the Queen had given her permission for them to use the chapel. It turns out that as a couple Windsor is already a very special place for them. Since they started dating 16 months ago, they have spent a lot of time there, so it makes sense that the wedding takes place in a location where there are lots of happy memories.
3. Who will pay for the wedding?
The majority of the wedding will be paid for by The Royal Family but both Harry and Meghan are keen to make sure the wedding reflects their personalities and who they are as a couple.
4. What preparations are happening ahead of the wedding?
There are some practicalities that have to be seen to before Harry and Meghan tie the knot.
Meghan Markle is a Protestant, so ahead of the wedding she is to be baptised and confirmed.
As an American, she will have to apply for British Citizenship, in exactly the same way as everyone else – that means she has to sit a test about British history, regulations, customs and politics.
She will be able to marry without British Citizenship so she will probably take the test following the marriage.
5. How long have Prince Harry and Meghan Markle been dating?
The couple have not been together very long, but in all their public appearances together it’s very clear that they’re a couple who are head over heels about each other. Reports first emerged in October 2016 that Meghan had started dating Prince Harry and a statement was released by Prince Harry a month later confirming that they were together.
6. What is Meghan Markle’s engagement ring like?
We love it when the groom gets involved in the design of the engagement ring. Prince Harry took pride in designing the three stone set engagement ring himself. It uses two diamonds from Diana’s collection and one diamond stone that was sourced from Botswana where the couple recently went on holiday.
The ring was made with the help of Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to Her Majesty The Queen. Three stone engagement rings are set to become right on trend again! Read here about the Ring Settings
7. What will Meghan Markle’s wedding dress be like?
Royal Weddings attract absolutely everyone and no doubt the world’s most prolific wedding dress designers will be lining up, hoping that Ms Markle will chose them as her dress designer.
We already know from an interview Meghan did with Glamour magazine, that she admires wedding gown designers Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos “for their uniqueness and beauty”. She added that she is also a fan of Elie Saab and J. Mendel “for more structural designs”.
Could one of these designers the ‘the one?’ This won’t be the first time that Meghan Markle has been married. She was previously married to Trevor Engleson and wore a simple sleek shoulder-less dress for the occasion with a diamante waist belt. We’re sure she will choose something quite different this time.
Meghan Markle is very close to Jessica Mulroney, who is a stylist and good friend. Mulroney runs a bridal shop in Toronto so she might be the first person she calls to help pick out her dress. The bookmakers are already making their predictions with Coral suggesting Erdem Moralioglu as the favourite at 1-3. Sarah Burton who designed Kate’s dress is at 2-1 and Vera Wang at 5 -1.
8. What sort of wedding will they have?
The wedding is likely to be a big affair but not quite as big as Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton. The statement released by the couple says, “They 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.”
Knowing the outgoing and mischievous nature of Prince Harry, we’re sure there will be lots of fun personal touches. Because of the national significance of the wedding to the Great British public, parts of the wedding may be televised but this has not yet been confirmed. We have our fingers firmly crossed!
9. How did Prince Harry propose?
The proposal is said to have come as a ‘complete surprise’ to Meghan and happened while they were at home at their cottage, during dinnertime. They were cooking chicken together when Harry got down on one knee and popped the question. Of course Meghan said yes straight away!
10. Who will attend the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Imagine writing the invitations for the Royal Wedding! For Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, the guest list exceeded 2000. For Prince Charles’ religious blessing to the Duchess of Cornwall, around 800 people attended, so how many people should we expect to go to Prince Harry’s wedding? The guest list is likely to go through several revisions but will include dignitaries as well as close friends and family.
We predict that the number of wedding guests will be considerably smaller than Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding but should include some celebrity friends and well-known faces.
Rumours are in circulation that President Donald Trump will receive an invitation but that is not yet clear.
11. What sort of flowers will Meghan have in her bouquet?
Like all brides, the flowers used in the wedding bouquet will echo the floral theme through out the wedding but it’s very likely that her bouquet will have myrtle in it which is a tradition among royal brides. Traditionally myrtle is a symbol of love and is a plant that’s sacred to Venus, the goddess of love.
12. Who will be Prince Harry’s best man?
For Royal weddings it is traditional for men to chose ‘supporters’ instead of a best man, and they can also choose more than one.
When Prince William married he broke with tradition by appointing his brother Prince Harry as his best man. Prince Harry’s choice of best man is not yet clear – although we’re sure Prince William will be involved as a supporter if he is not chosen as his main best man.
13. How much will the royal wedding cost?
When it’s a Royal wedding, budgets are generous so let’s be honest, it won’t be a celebration on a shoestring.
If you’re planning your own wedding, watching what the Royals do will be a good source of inspiration for new trends and original ideas!
14. Who will walk with Meghan down the aisle?
Meghan’s father has said that he would like to walk his daughter down the aisle. He’s also said that he is “delighted” at the news of her engagement.
And as for who will follow her down the aisle? It’s likely that she will have her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte involved in the wedding party in some way. They stole the limelight momentarily at Pippa Middleton’s wedding and we’re sure that they’ll make the perfect flower girl and pageboy!
15. Will they use a wedding planner?
Absolutely! A wedding of this scale definitely requires the services of a professional wedding planner.
When William and Kate got married in 2011, they hired the services of Sarah Sienesi as a wedding consultant, she also helped to organise the Countess of Wessex’s wedding so who knows – she may have a chance to help with Harry and Meghan’s wedding too.
There will probably be a team of people working on the details, from planning the wedding theme and execution to catering, decorations, transport and accommodation for all those hundreds of guests.
The Royal Wedding will no doubt see roads blocked off in Windsor and the surrounding area too, in order to make way for the guests. In fact, we’re certain the Royal Wedding planner is going to be working incredibly hard for the next six months, making sure that Prince Harry and Meghan can enjoy a truly exceptional wedding day.