The next chapter in Meghan Markle’s fairy tale has begun.
Wearing a Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy dress, Meghan married Prince Harry today in an unforgettable (and star-studded) ceremony. The couple recited their vows at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle; since 1863, the 14th century chapel has hosted 16 royal weddings.
About 45 minutes before the wedding, Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, left Cliveden House and began their 20-minute drive to the chapel. They were chauffeured in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV that was built and delivered in 1950; it was Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s first Rolls-Royce—made when she was still Princess Elizabeth—and is one of only 16 ever built.
Meghan wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry, who decided not to shave his beard, arrived wearing the Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform—with his grandmother’s permission. It was tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.
Hours before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed royal titles on the couple. According to Buckingham Palace, Harry is now the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, while Meghan became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex after the ceremony ended.
Harry and Meghan invited 2,640 members of the public onto the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals: 1,200 members of the public from all parts of the United Kingdom; 200 people from charities connected to the couple; 100 students from local schools; 610 Windsor Castle community members; and 530 members of the Royal Households and the Crown Estate.
Patrick J. Adams, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Troian Bellisario, James Blunt, Cressida Bonas, Priyanka Chopra, Amal Clooney, George Clooney, Chelsy Davy, Princess Eugenie, Sarah Ferguson, Janina Gavankar, Tom Hardy, Gabriel Macht, Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, Misha Nonoo, Prince Philip, Abigail Spencer, Gina Torres, Serena Williams and Oprah Winfrey were among the guests.
Harry’s brother, Prince William, served as his best man, while Meghan did not select a maid of honor. “She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another. All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand,” a spokesman said last month. “She’s very happy to have their support.”
The bridal party was announced Wednesday. Princess Charlotte, 3, Florence van Cutsem, 3 Remi Litt, 6, Rylan Litt, 7, Ivy Mulroney, 4, and Zalie Warren, 2, served as bridesmaids, while Prince George, 4, Jasper Dyer, 6, Brian Mulroney, 7, and John Mulroney, 7, were all page boys.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby officiated the couple’s wedding vows; the Dean of Windsor, the Rev. David Conner, conducted the service; and The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, gave the address. (Meghan was baptized into the Church of England in March, two months before the wedding.)
The American bishop opened his speech with the words of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who said: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”
“There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize,” he told the wedding congregation. “There is power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.” That power could be seen throughout the service, he said, adding, “Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.”
After the reading, a gospel choir performed a cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”
Members of Princess Diana’s family were in attendance, and Lady Jane Fellowes gave the reading. Kensington Palace previously said Harry and Meghan “feel honored” that she is representing her family and celebrating “the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.”
After reciting their vows, the couple exchanged gold rings.
Six days before the wedding, The Mail on Sunday discovered Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, had staged photo shoots with the paparazzi in the months leading up to the wedding. He later expressed regret for his participation and insisted he profited little from the sale of the photos. Meghan’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Grant, said she had encouraged their father’s set-up.
Thomas, who had been confirmed to walk Meghan down the aisle, told TMZ Monday he had recently suffered a heart attack and would no longer be able to travel from Mexico to the U.K. and participate in his daughter’s big day. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” a palace spokesperson told E! News. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and for respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”
On Thursday, Meghan provided an update on her father’s health and clarified his involvement in the ceremony. “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” she told the public, adding, “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support.”
Meghan asked Harry’s father, Prince Charles, to walk her down the aisle of the Quire.
Source: ENEWS ( eonline.com)
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