Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hearing wedding bells! The couple first struck up a romance back in 2016, and now that they're finally engaged, details about their upcoming nuptials have begun to be shared. While Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding was a lavish affair watched by billions around the world, it turns out Harry is envisioning the total opposite for his.
According to Us Weekly, "pomp and pageantry" are the last things Harry reportedly wants. "It would stop it from turning into a total media circus and give the day a sense of privacy that Harry so badly craves." Still, that doesn't mean Harry won't have the support of his family. According to the insider, there's "no question" that Queen Elizabeth II would attend. Keep reading to see everything we know so far about Harry and Meghan's big day.
Harry and Meghan are set to tie the knot on May 19, 2018. The couple is reportedly expediting the wedding to ensure that Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, can attend. Philip is 96 and recently retired from his royal duties.
The couple will exchange "I dos" at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II "has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel" as it is one of her official residences.
The wedding service will take place at 12 p.m., followed by a carriage procession at 1 p.m. from St George's Chapel through Windsor town, returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. This will allow members of the public in Windsor the chance to see the newlyweds.
The Hen Party
Meghan will be getting a proper send-off, but it won't be your typical hen party. According to reports, Meghan will include both female and male guests. It's expect to be somewhere "low-key" in London and will be a "celebration of friendship and love." Meghan's close friends Markus Anderson, Lindsay Jill Roth, and Jessica Mulroney are all expected to attend.
Harry and Meghan will reportedly mark their big day with a banana wedding cake. "This will be the first royal wedding cake made from bananas," a source close to the couple told The Telegraph. Harry is also said to love "anything with banana."
The Wedding Party
While Harry still has yet to officially ask Prince William to be his best man, Harry is reportedly planning on it. According to Us Weekly, "Harry has several close guy friends, but there's no way he would ask anyone but William to take on the top job." It's also worth noting that Harry was William's best man at his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton, so perhaps he wants William to return the favour?
Another insider revealed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will have special roles during Harry and Meghan's big day. Does this mean we'll have another repeat of Pippa Middleton's wedding? We sure hope so!
It's also believed that Meghan will likely ask her BFF and stylist Jessica Mulroney to be her maid of honour. "They want to involve their friends and family as much in as much as possible throughout the day," a source told Us Weekly.
The Guest List
Even though Harry and Meghan have yet to put their guest list together, Harry has reportedly already informally invited Barack and Michelle Obama. According to Us Weekly, "Harry has already told the Obamas he wants them at the wedding but because of the political side of things, like the immense pressure that would follow to invite the Trumps, their appearance at the wedding hangs in the balance." The couple's close friends and family have also already begun planning for the big day. "The friends and family who are going to the wedding already know they're going," a source told the publication. "There are no friends, at least on Meghan's side, that are in the dark about that."
To add to the excitement, Harry and Meghan's wedding could also double as a reunion with one of Harry's famous exes. According to Us Weekly, Chelsy Davy might be invited to Harry's big day. "The two have remained friends long after ending their relationship and still keep in touch to this day," a source told the publication. "She congratulated him the minute the engagement news was announced. Meghan would have no problem with her being there and Chelsy was on the preliminary list of friends to invite." Guess we'll just have to wait and see!
Much like Will and Kate's wedding, Harry and Meghan's nuptials will be split into two parts, meaning they will have "second outfits for the evening reception." There will be a reception at St. George's Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation, and later in the evening, Prince Charles will host a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.
Will It Be Televised?"
Yes! According to Brides, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace announced during a recent press conference that everyone will have the pleasure of tuning into Harry and Meghan's big day, just like we did for Will and Kate's wedding in 2011. "The couple of course wants the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," the spokesperson explained. "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."