4th December 2017
12 things we know so far about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married in May 2018
That’s *checks calendar* less than six months from now!
Prince Harry proposed over roast chicken
“It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet, and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee,” Meghan says. Maybe we need to up our cooking game.
She didn’t even let him finish
“She said, ‘Can I say yes?’" he said. “Then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger. I was like ‘Can I give you the ring?’ It was a really nice moment - just the two of us."
They will be married in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
The Chapel has been the scene of numerous royal marriages, especially since the reign of Queen Victoria. The royal family will pay for the church service, music, flowers, decorations and The Queen will attend the wedding.
Meghan is becoming a British citizen and being baptised as an Anglican
Meghan attended a Catholic girls’ school in her native Los Angeles when she was young, and is of the Protestant faith. She may have to renounce her American citizenship, although that hasn’t been confirmed.
Meghan will be the first American to marry into the royal family since the 1930s
Wallis Simpson’s relationship with King Edward VIII triggered a constitutional crisis and prompted his abdication in 1936. The couple wed in 1937.
The engagement ring contains a nod to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana
Created by Queen Elizabeth II’s preferred jeweller, Cleave and Company, the main stone in Ms Markle's engagement ring is from Botswana, where the couple got to know each other better on a camping trip, while the diamonds on either side are from Diana's collection.
Harry says he believes his mother would have really liked Meghan
“They would have been thick as thieves…best friends. I'm sure she's with us, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else.” We’re not crying, you’re crying.
But don’t worry, the rest of the family love her too
The Royal family has warmly welcomed news of the engagement, with Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, telling reporters he was "thrilled". Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, said in a statement they were "very excited for Harry and Meghan". Even the Queen’s corgis adore her.
Unfortunately, Meghan won’t be known as Princess Meghan
Meghan may be Hollywood royalty, but she’s not ‘royalty royalty’. As a general rule in the United Kingdom, only those born into the royal family can use the title Prince or Princess, followed by their first name - for example, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew.
(Meghan aged 15 outside Buckingham Palace)
Meghan says she likes her wedding dresses ‘whimsical’ or ‘subtly romantic’
In an interview before she was revealed to be dating Prince Harry, she said her favourite wedding dress of all time was the minimalist white Narciso Rodriguez gown worn by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy on her wedding day in 1996.
It has been speculated that Harry and Meghan might be moving into a £7.7m Cotswolds manor
Harry and Meghan may be looking to set up their marital home in the tiny village of Luckington in the Cotswolds, which is close to where he grew up, and where many members of his family still live.