Prince Harry is set to marry American actress Meghan Markle in May in a royal wedding that we're completely obsessed with.
We know a few tantalising details about the big day, like the venue and date, but there's still so many more questions we want answers to!
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While there’s plenty more information yet to come, here’s what we do know about Harry and Meghan’s upcoming nuptials.
When Will Harry and Meghan Get Married?
Kensington Palace have confirmed that the wedding will take place on 19th May 2018.
Downing Street confirmed that there won't be a bonus bank holiday for the wedding so it had previously been thought that the couple might coincide their wedding date with the Spring bank holiday on 28th May to give us three days to recover from the celebrations. However, we know now that Saturday the 19th is their chosen date.
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to have her baby in April. Whether she will be able to attend the wedding is yet to be seen, but May is the ideal time for a spring wedding with, hopefully, very good weather to welcome the newly-weds.
Where Is The Wedding Taking Place?
Meghan has been married before so there was a question mark over whether they would have a church wedding. However, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said in a statement that Harry and Meghan have "chosen to make their vows before God".
Kensington Palace have finally confirmed that they will in fact be marrying in St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Harry's father Charles, also a divorcee, had a Church of England blessing when he married the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. It's a smaller, more intimate venue than Kate and William's choice of Westminster Abbey, and can comfortably accommodate up to 800 guests.
Windsor is said to have special significance for the couple, who have spent time there since becoming a couple in July 2016.
What Will Happen On The Day?
Kensington Palace have released some details of the wedding day, revealing in a series of tweets the couple's plans for after the ceremony and their reception. In the first of four tweets, the palace announced that the wedding service, conducted by the Dean of Windsor, would begin at 12 noon at St George's Chapel with The Archbishop of Canterbury officating as the couple say their vows.
The tweets continued: "At 1pm the couple, now married, will undertake a Carriage Procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.
"They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day."
Kensington Palace concluded the updates with some details of the reception and evening celebrations, explaining that there would be two separate events to celebrate with the congregagtion as well as friends and family.
"Following the service, there will be a reception at St George's Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation. Later that evening, The Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family."
Can The Public Watch?
Harry and Meghan revealed that they are very keen to "allow members of the public to share in the joy and the fun of the day".
While most of us will have to share in that fun from the comfort of our own homes, watching on TV, the royal couple announced that a lucky 2,640 members of the public will get to be at Windsor Castle on the day to watch the couple and all their guests arrive and the carriage procession as they depart.
These VIP invites aren't just for anyone though. The charitable pair have prioritised the young people that are helped by the organisationg they work with, as well as local school children and those who work at Windsor Castle.
The full breakdown of public invites is:
- 1,200 members of the public from every corner of the United Kingdom will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.
- 200 people from a range of charities and organisations which Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have a close association with, including those which Prince Harry serves as Patron.
- 100 pupils from two local schools: The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George's School, Windsor Castle – both of which have a strong affiliation with the Windsor Castle community.
- 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St George's Chapel community.
- 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.
Now's about time to start making friends with your local Lord Lieutenant, right?
What Wedding Dress Will Meghan Wear?
Hotly-tipped to be Meghan’s Maid of Honour is her stylist-turned-BFF, Jessica Mulroney. When not dressing Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie, she sidelines in styling bridalwear so would be the perfect choice to help Meghan pick out her dream wedding dress.
Meghan has given some hints as to what the dress might be like. She previously told Glamour magazine, "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." She said the sleek, minimalist white gown worn by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in 1996 was her favourite celebrity wedding dress.
We can rule out the fairy-tale, beaded Anne Barge gown she wore as her character Rachel Zane in the fifth series of Suits. "It's not my personal style, because I'm a lot more relaxed than Rachel but I love that I got to play dress up in this gown," she said.
Meghan is a huge fan of designer Erdem, choosing one of his dresses when she and Harry went to the wedding of Harry’s best friend Tom Inskip in Jamaica earlier this year.
As she’s marrying in the Royal family, Meghan may choose a British designer. According to fashion expert Peta Hunt of You & Your Wedding, likely options include Kate’s favourite Jenny Packham, who specialises in beaded designs, or Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, who designed Kate’s dress. Amanda Wakeley, Alice Temperley or even Victoria Beckham are all options.
Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab and Carolina Herrera could all be potential options if she chooses to go international.
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Who Will Be Meghan's Bridesmaids?
Harry and Meghan have kept tight-lipped about the mutual friend who introudced them, but sources told E! that is was Violet von Westenholz.
Violet's father, Baron piers von Westenholz, is a close friend of Prince Charles and Violet has been part of Harry's inner circle for years. When Harry mentioned to Violet he was having trouble finding a girlfriend, it was Violet who played matchmaker with Meghan. It seems natural then that Violet should nab herself an important bridesmaid role.
Meghan has fit seamlessly into Harry’s London social circle, but has her own firm group of friends from home too.
Tennis ace Serena Williams, who recently had her own incredible wedding day, is very close to the Suits actress since they bonded over a celebrity flag football game in 2014.
Star Wars actress Janina Gavankar has been best pals with Meghan for 15 years, and while actress Priyanka Chopra has only known her for two years, she showed the kind of protectiveness you want from a bridesmaid when she defended her pal earlier this year as more than just “Prince Harry’s girlfriend”. Meghan was maid of honour to TV producer Lindsay Roth last year so she may choose her back.
Other possibilities for a bridesmaid spot are former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who holidayed with Meghan at Soho Farmhouse last year, and fashion designer Misha Nonoo who knows both Meghan and Harry. Kate and Pippa, of course, could get a look in, but Kate’s pregnancy might make her step back from proceedings.
On a recent walkabout in Edinburgh, Meghan confirmed that her hen party plans were "sorted" although didn't get us any further details. "It will be fun," she said, knowingly.
Who Will Harry Pick As Best Man And Groomsmen?
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Harry was best man to brother William so we've all been waiting for Harry to step up and repay the favour. However, with just months to go, Wills has revealed that Harry is yet to ask him the big B.M. question.
Speaking at a charity event in January, Wills revealed, "He hasn't asked me yet - it could be a sensitive issue!"
Does this mean Harry could have someone else on the cards for the role of best man? We'll have to wait and see!
Harry’s best friend since Eton, Tom “Skippy” Inskip, is likely to be one of the groomsmen, as is close pal Arthur Landon and both would be great choices to organise the stag.
Arthur was by Harry's side on that infamous trip to Las Vegas, while Skippy was there in Croatia when Harry was pictured jumping fully-clothed into a nightclub pool. Skippy also reportedly organised William’s stag.
Other options include nightclub owner Guy Pelly, friend Thomas van Staubenzee and his brother Charlie, and Pippa Middleton’s husband James Matthews.
Who Else Is On The Guestlist?
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Harry and Meghan are likely to want a smaller ceremony than the spectacular we witnessed for William and Kate’s with 2,000 guests. At their chosen venue of St George’s Chapel in Windsor, there’s a huge variation in how many people they can have. Charles and Camilla had a blessing service there with 800 guests, but Harry’s cousin Peter Philips chose only 300 guests at his. The couple have lots of friends to invite so it’ll probably be at the bigger end of the scale.
We'll tell you what Harry and Meghan want, what they really, really want though - a bit of girl power at their wedding.
Mel B revealed in an interview that Harry and Meghan have asked all the Spice Girls to attend their nuptials, and even hinted that they could be performing. Asked if she knew anyone going to the wedding, Scary Spice said "us five Spice Girls" and revealed the invite had arrived in a fancy box.
When she was asked if they might perform at the recpetion, Mel B joked she'd be fired if she revealed anymore. "I need to go, I'm going to get fired," she laughed, throwing a handful of papers into the air. Since then Mel C - AKA Sporty Spice - has come out and said it was a "joke that got a little out of hand". Hmm, we'll wait and see which Spice is right.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are likely to be page boy and flower girl in the nuptials, and who knows, maybe they'll jump on the Spice Girl fandom early?
How Did Prince Harry Propose?
Ever the gent, Harry got down on one knee in early November over a “cosy night in” at their home of Kensington Palace while the couple were roasting a chicken. Despite all the speculation over their relationship, Harry said that he was still able to surprise Meghan and she said yes before he’d even got the words out. “It was so sweet and natural and very romantic,” Meghan said. He took the traditional approach of getting the blessing of Meghan’s parents first before letting his family know.
They officially announced they were dating last November, but revealed they had been set up on a blind date by a mutual friend in the summer. They went on two dates back-to-back in London and then Harry whisked her off a month later for a five-day camp out under the stars in Botswana.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William and Kate all welcomed Meghan into the family with congratulatory messages straight after the announcement. Meghan's parents said the engagement was a "source of great joy" for them.
What Does Meghan's Engagement Ring Look Like - And What About Her Wedding Ring?
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Harry revealed that he designed the ring himself and had it made by Cleave and Company, the Queen’s personal jewellers.
The triology diamond ring features three diamonds representing the past, present and future, all of which have incredible sentimental value to Harry. Two of the gems are from his late mother Diana's personal collection and the third is from Botswana, where the couple holidayed at the start of their relationship.
As for her wedding band, Meghan is expected to follow in the tradition of having a ring crafted from rare Welsh gold extracted from the Clogau St. David's Gold Mine. The tradition was started by the Queen Mother and has continued to this day with the Duchess of Cambridge. The exact ones that the royal family wear are specially made, but Clogau rings cost £360.
Prince Harry is expected to follow in royal tradition and not wear a wedding band. While his father Prince Charles has always worn a band, Prince Philip never has, and Prince William revealed he chose not to wear one out of "personal preference". It's believed Harry won't wear one either.
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What Wedding Presents Have They Received?
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Meghan loves cooking - Harry did propose over a roast chicken, remember - so maybe their first official wedding gift was more thoughful than it first seems. Her first official gift was the rather banal choice of an apron, presented to the Duke Of Cambridge by a member of the public to pass on to his future sister-in-law.
It was given to Will in November on an official trip to Finland just after the couple announced their engagement so we can only hope it was Moomin-themed. We bet that would go beautifully with Meghan's favourite Misha Nonoo casuals!
We're expecting big things from the rest of the gift list. Will and Kate asked for charitable donations instead of gifts, but recieved plenty of strange wedding gifts, including a tandem bike from Boris Johnson, a 19th century lacquered box from the Russian president, and even their Cocker Spaniel Lupo from Kate's brother James.
Who Will Be The Wedding Singer?
Pop star Ellie Goulding famously performed her cover of 'Your Song' at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding reception in 2011. A friend of both the princes, Ellie was hand-picked for the honour of playing Will's first dance song and set the precedent for a famous name to perform the royals' song of choice for their first dance as man and wife.
Harry and Meghan have lots of musician friends who could fit the bill including wedding choice number one, Ed Sheeran. Ed's song Thinking Out Loud is the most popular first dance song of recent years, with 1 in 7 couples choosing it in 2017. As well as being crowned the most-streamed artist on Spotify in 2017, Ed now has the royal seal of approval as he was awarded an MBE by Prince Charles in December for services to charity and music.
Speaking after the ceremony, Ed said he hadn't yet been asked but he would happily play wedding singer for the couple. "Yeah, why not!" he told reporters, in his typically casual manner. We'll be waiting to see if Thinking Out Loud makes the cut for royalty too!
Will Meghan Be A Princess?
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According to British peerage rules, Meghan can’t become a princess through marriage. Princess Diana was given her title by the media, not royalty, which means Princess Meghan is off the cards.
By tradition, male members of the royal family receive a title from the Queen on their wedding day and the Duke of Sussex is the vacant title that Harry’s expected to receive. That means Meghan would become the first Duchess of Sussex after the wedding. If Harry turns down a title, however, and sticks with his princedom, Meghan will become Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.
If you're interested in what the cake might be like, read our expert predictions here!