Prince Henry of Wales, known as Prince Harry, is the second son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, and Meghan Markle, an American actress best known for her role in Suits, have been in a relationship since June 2016. The relationship was first acknowledged on 8 November 2016, when an official statement was released from the royal family’s communications secretary on the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle addressing the “wave of abuse and harassment” directed toward Markle.
Wedding bells are ringing! Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27, the world has been anxiously awaiting their wedding day. The couple, who met in London in July 2016 and confirmed their relationship that November, have shared updates with the public throughout the planning process.
Here’s everything we know about Harry and Markle’s upcoming royal nuptials so far.
Harry and Markle will tie the knot on May 19, 2018. Kensington Palace confirmed their wedding date on December 15 via Twitter.
The engaged couple decided on St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England for their big day. St. George’s Chapel holds significance for Harry — he was baptized at the place of worship in 1984. Prince Edward and Countess Sophie’s 1999 nuptials, and Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s 2005 prayer and dedication service, also took place at the chapel.
“Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on November 28. “The Royal Family will pay for the wedding. Further details about the wedding will be announced in due course.”
The Royal Family’s Involvement
Us Weekly confirmed on December 4 that Harry asked his brother Prince William to be his best man.“Harry has several close guy friends, but there’s no way he would ask anyone but William to take on the top job,” a source explained about Harry’s decision to make William his best man.Another source told Us that William and Duchess Kate’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will have roles in their uncle’s wedding. The source added Markle’s friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney‘s daughter, Ivy, will also be included.
The Wedding Will Be Televised
Fans around the world will be able to watch Harry and Markle become man and wife. It was confirmed on November 28 that their wedding will be televised.A spokesperson for the couple said :
“The couple of course 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.”
Paying Tribute to Princess Diana
Harry, who was only 12 years old when his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident in August 1997, proposed to Markle with a ring that featured diamonds from a brooch that belonged to Princess Di. Royal expert Ingrid Seward spoke to Us about why she thinks Markle might wear the late princess’ tiara on her wedding day.Seward explained:
“She will have access to jewels from the royal collection made available to her by the Queen,She can choose something suitable, but she might also have the Spencer tiara, which is also Harry’s heritage and is the one Diana wore on her wedding day.”
Harry spoke about his fiancée and his late mother during the couple’s first joint interview on November 27.
“Oh they’d be thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me. But then, as I said, would have probably been best — best friends with Meghan.”
Experts expect the wedding to cost around half a million pounds; the royal family has announced that they will pay for the wedding. In December 2017 Israeli designer Inbal Dror was asked to submit designs for a wedding dress.
The British government has stated the wedding day is not planned to be a bank holiday, as was done for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.