Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't far away from officially becoming husband and wife! The couple first struck up a romance back in 2016, and details about their upcoming nuptials have been trickling in ever since they got engaged in November 2017. 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 London time, 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 Bridal Shower
According to Us Weekly, Meghan had a secret bridal shower at England's Soho Farmhouse in March. While it's unclear which of Meghan's friends were in attendance, sources say Markus Anderson, who was initially rumoured to have set up Meghan and Harry, coordinated the whole thing.
Kensington Palace announced in late March that Harry and Meghan have chosen a lemon elderflower cake "that will incorporate the bright flavours of Spring" from Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery. While royals usually opt for a more traditional fruit cake, the floral dessert is to be decorated with buttercream and seasonal flowers.
The Wedding Party
While Harry still has yet to officially ask Prince William to be his best man, he 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.
Harry and Meghan's wedding invitations have officially been sent! On March 22, Kensington Palace gave us a glimpse of the coveted invites on Twitter.
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
The Guest List
Even though Harry and Meghan have yet to reveal their guest list, their wedding could 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."
But that's not all! In late March, Kensington Palace announced that 250 members of the British Armed Forces will also be attending the grand affair. Members of the Household Cavalry will line the staircase at St George's Chapel and State Trumpeters and a Captain's Escort will provide additional ceremonial support. There will also be units along the streets of Windsor, including members of the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards as well as Armed Forces personnel from Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, Royal Marines, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, and RAF Honington.
In April, Victoria Beckham basically confirmed she's been invited to the royal wedding during a stop on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Even though she tried to avoid the question by saying she didn't know, her reaction pretty much said it all.
However, the Obama family will not be attending after all. A Kensington Place representative confirmed in April that Harry and Megahn have decided to keep politics out of their wedding. "It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both UK and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding. Her Majesty's Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household," a Kensington Palace representative said in a statement to People. Even though Barack may not be the President of the United States anymore, the decision to omit world leaders from their wedding still pertains to him and former First Lady Michelle.
Kensington Palace recently announced via Twitter that floral designer Philippa Craddock has been chosen to create the flower displays at St George's Chapel for Harry and Meghan's big day. To ensure the event is one to remember, Philippa revealed that she's using "locally sourced foliage," as well as, where possible, "flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May." Sounds dreamy, no?
Harry and Meghan have also chosen to honour the late Princess Diana by including white garden roses (Diana's favourite) inside St. George's Chapel.
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.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace in April, it was revealed that Harry and Meghan's nuptials "will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works," as well as performances from a selection of choral groups, soloists, and musicians.
From Ed Sheeran to Elton John to the Spice Girls, there have been so many rumoured performers, but none of them have been officially confirmed yet. However, Ed did say that Harry and Meghan have not enlisted him since he'll be playing a show in Ireland at the time. Hmm . . . who could it be?
Harry and Meghan have selected photographer Alexi Lubomirski to take their official wedding pictures. The British photographer, who also took their engagement photos, couldn't help but gush about the honour on Instagram. "I could not be more thrilled or honoured to photograph this historic occasion," Alexi wrote. "Having taken Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's engagement photos, it brings me such joy to be able to witness again, the next chapter in this wonderful love story."
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."
Do Harry and Meghan Have a Wedding Registry?
The couple has asked that their guests donate to charity in lieu of gifts. "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit," Kensington Palace said in a statement in April. Harry and Meghan have selected seven organizations, including CHIVA (Children's HIV Association), Crisis, Scotty's Little Soldiers, and The Wilderness Foundation UK.
The Wedding Coin
The Royal Mint released Harry and Meghan's official wedding coin in May, which depicts the couple during their engagement photo shoot at the Sunken Garden in November 2017. The coin comes in both gold and silver proof and there is also an uncirculated version.