Prince Harry to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year


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Royal wedding 2018: Prince Charles to walk Meghan down the aisle

BBC News
17 May 2018

Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle on Saturday when she marries Prince Harry, Kensington Palace has said.

Ms Markle's father Thomas is unable to attend the wedding, after undergoing heart surgery.

The Prince of Wales was "pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the Royal Family in this way", the palace added.

Prince Harry's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, will also attend the wedding, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Prince Philip, 96, has been recovering from a hip operation.

Ms Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, will take her daughter to the wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Ms Ragland will meet the Queen for the first time at Windsor Castle later, accompanied by Meghan, 36, and Prince Harry, 33.

She has already been introduced to Prince Charles and Prince William.

The ceremony begins at 12:00 BST and will be broadcast to the world.

Mr Markle had been due to arrive in the UK earlier this week, but became caught up in controversy over the apparent staging of photographs with the paparazzi.

Speaking to the BBC from Windsor, TMZ's Sean Mandell said he had spoken to Mr Markle on Wednesday and that he said he was "doing well" and "recovering from surgery".

The reporter who broke the story said it became clear for Mr Markle that he would not be travelling to Windsor on Tuesday.

Meghan's father Thomas is unable to attend the wedding after having heart surgery

"Chest pains were really being exacerbated by the emotional strain he was under," he said.

"When doctors told him he needed to have surgery, he decided he needed to heed that advice, despite the fact he wanted to be here in Windsor for Meghan."

"He definitely feels he's been mis-characterised," Mr Mandell added. "That's why he felt the need to speak out when I reached him."

Ms Markle released a statement on Thursday saying she hoped her father could be given space to focus on his health.

Ms Markle's mother met William and Catherine and their eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon.

She took tea with Prince Charles and Camilla at Clarence House in London on Wednesday.

Ms Markle's mother Doria Ragland (left) had been rumoured to be the one to walk her daughter down the aisle

Ms Markle will have 10 bridesmaids and pageboys, who are all under the age of eight.

She decided against having a maid of honour, saying she wanted to avoid choosing between her closest friends.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement photos were shot by Alexi Lubomirski, who is also their wedding photographer

Ms Markle will spend her last night before the wedding with her mother at the luxury Cliveden House Hotel, in Buckinghamshire, about nine miles north of Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry will be staying 15 miles away at the Dorchester Collection's Coworth Park in Ascot, with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge.

Full coverage of the day will be on BBC One from 09:00-14:00 BST on Saturday and streamed live on the BBC News website or on BBC iPlayer.

Royal wedding 2018: Prince Charles to walk Meghan down the aisle - BBC News

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's granddaughter Ivy Mulroney is to be a bridesmaid at the Royal Wedding and two of his grandsons - twins Brian and John - are to be pageboys:

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So here we are. The big day has arrived. An estimated global audience of 2 BILLION people are expected to watch.

The couple are to be Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Earl and Countess of Dumbarton, and Baron and Baroness Kilkeel.

Pointless PC Claptrap

It turns out Meghan will begin her walk on her own, in what respected American TV news channel CNN calls a ‘bold feminist statement’.

Only when she reaches the area known as the Quire - underneath which King Henry VIII is buried - halfway down the chapel will Charles accompany her.

And even then she will not be given away by him in the traditional sense — Charles will stand back as Meghan takes the final few steps to join Harry alone, and gives herself away.

She herself came up with this plan which is unprecedented in royal weddings. Even if her father was attending she was still going to make that initial solo walk, and present herself to her groom.

Nice day for a royal wedding! Up to 100,000 flag-waving fans pour into Windsor to catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan's big day

Prince Harry's wedding day has arrived as he prepares to marry American bride Meghan Markle in Windsor

Tens of thousands of royal fans descending on Berkshire town to catch a glimpse of bride and groom today

Police have effectively created a ring of steel today around Windsor Castle in a massive security operation

By Mark Duell and Bridie Pearson-jones In London and Jake Wallis Simons and James Fielding and Shekhar Bhatia In Windsor, For Mailonline
19 May 2018

Prince Harry's wedding day has arrived as he prepares to marry his American bride Meghan Markle in a glittering ceremony, watched around the world by millions.

The Queen's grandson, who is sixth in line to the throne, will pledge to love, comfort, honour and protect the former actress as they become husband and wife in the historic surrounds of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Tens of thousands of royal fans have begun to descend on the Berkshire town to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom, as police have effectively created a ring of steel around the castle in a massive security operation.

Royal enthusiast Tony Appleton, 81, wears a Town Crier outfit and rings his bell in Windsor. He unofficially announced the pairs engagement and the birth of Prince Louis

A Royal fan dons himself in a Union Flag suit, hat, and glasses and wave flags with the Royal couples face on. Others wave American and Canadian flags

Fans prepare for the British weather! Royal enthusiasts don Union Flag umbrella hats despite sunny weather forecast for today

Members of the public arrive in Windsor this morning as the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan takes place

Two young women wear flags with pictures of the royal couple as they wait alongside along the route the carriage will take

Royal enthusiasts pictured on the Long Walk ahead of the royal wedding wearing Union Jack flags and a Queen's Guard outfit

An American Princess! One Royal admirer wears an American and Union flag in a straw hat as she looks onto Wind

Flower arrangers do last-minute preparations within Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding.

Beautiful greenery and flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St George's Chapel ready for the bride and groom

Before the chaos: St George's Chapel before thousands of guests descend on Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle

Just 25 minutes or so from now Meghan will make her way to the chapel.

Meghan on her way to St George's Chapel with her mother

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It looks like a scene from a fairytale.

If that American priest doesn't shut up soon the congregation is going to start booing.

So that's it. They are now married.


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Meghan Markle has married Prince Harry in a modern and moving service that saw the newlyweds sharing tears, laughter and a passionate kiss in front of their thousands of adoring guests.

Harry was visibly emotional when he saw his bride for the first time in her simple but beautiful pure white dress and then grabbed his bride's hand and told her: 'You look amazing - I missed you'.

The new Duke of Sussex also said 'thank you, pa' after his father Prince Charles walked the now Duchess of Sussex down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Windsor.

But the tears turned to laughter when the star made him giggle as they exchanged vows before being pronounced man and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby as millions watched around the world.

Celebrity royalty including the Clooneys, the Beckhams, Idris Elba, Elton John and Oprah Winfrey are among some of the world's biggest stars watching them marry. Britain's royals including the Queen and Prince Philip were also there to support them.

The service had a distinctly American feel with a US bishop delivering a passionate address that appeared to make some royals snigger and a gospel choir filling the chapel with music. But there was also much of the great British pageantry that royal fans around the world love.

Outside St George's Chapel up to 100,000 fevered well-wishers have gathered in glorious British sunshine and cheered the couple as they started their new married life in the grand Ascot Landau carriage.

As the newlyweds were swept through Windsor to greet huge crowds the VIP guests were taken up to the castle for a lavish lunch and drinks.

Read more: Royal wedding: Harry and Meghan exchange rings as they marry at St George's Chapel | Daily Mail Online
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Royal wedding 2018: Royal Family thanks public

BBC News
20 May 2018

The Royal Family has thanked those who travelled to Windsor for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Thousands of people lined the streets to see the couple on their big day, with many more watching the ceremony on television around the globe.

The wedding celebrations ended with a black-tie dinner and fireworks display at Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle.

Two hundred of Meghan and Harry's closest friends and family attended the event held by Prince Charles.

More than 13 million people watched the TV coverage on the BBC - it peaked at 13.1 million just after 13:00 BST, with an average of 8.7 million viewers.

As a wedding gift Prince Harry gave his bride an emerald-cut aquamarine ring which had belonged to his late mother - Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Royal Family's twitter account posted a message of thanks to those who followed the wedding from the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world.

The Royal Family ✔ @RoyalFamily

Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding

9:08 PM - May 19, 2018

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The newlyweds - now to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - spent the night at Windsor Castle.

The couple are not expected to leave for their honeymoon immediately, choosing instead to remain in the UK before taking a break.

Their first official engagement as husband and wife will be at an event to celebrate Prince Charles's 70th birthday at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Meghan, who had changed out of her wedding dress into a lily-white, silk crepe Stella McCartney halter-neck gown, broke with royal tradition to give a speech at the evening reception.

Among the close friends who attended the evening celebrations were Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and tennis ace Serena Williams, who revealed their outfit changes on social media.

Earlier, the prince and his bride exchanged vows and rings before the Queen and 600 guests at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Ms Markle wore a white boat-neck dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller and Prince Harry was given special permission from the Queen to keep his short beard while wearing the frockcoat uniform of his former regiment, the Blues and Royals.

Large crowds turned out in bright sunshine to see them driven around Windsor afterwards in a horse-drawn carriage.

Guests at the wedding included Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John, who later performed at the wedding reception.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were among the 10 young bridesmaids and pageboys.

Prince Charles walked Ms Markle down the aisle, after her father, Thomas, was unable to attend for health reasons.

Prince Charles also accompanied Ms Markle's mother, Doria, after the service finished

'A joyful thing'

The wedding service combined British tradition with modernity and the bride's African-American heritage.

The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, president of the US Episcopal Church, gave an address, the Rt Rev David Conner, Dean of Windsor, conducted the service and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, officiated.

In a passionate speech, Bishop Curry - who was invited to speak by Ms Markle - referenced the African-American spiritual song Down by the Riverside, which was sung by slaves, and when he realised he had gone on too long, he told his audience he had better wrap up as "we gotta get you all married!"

Speaking afterwards, Bishop Curry said it was "a joyful thing" to see diversity in the ceremony.

He later joined Mr Welby at a prayer service in St Albans.

Mike Pilavachi

Just got home from an amazing evening at St. Albans Abbey. Between 3,000 and 4,000 gathered to pray “Thy Kingdom come”. Many gave their lives to Christ. A privilege to serve with Archbishop Justin and Bishop Michael who left the royal wedding reception early to be with us!

10:01 PM - May 19, 2018

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All 600 guests were invited to a lunchtime reception at St George's Hall, hosted by the Queen, where the best man, the Duke of Cambridge, acted as compere.

Guests were served langoustine canapes, Windsor lamb, and champagne and pistachio macaroons. Instead of a formal sit-down dinner, food was served in bowls.

Guest Suhani Jalota, founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, said Elton John performed a "mini-concert". She said speeches by the Prince of Wales and the groom were "lovely", adding: "Some people were even crying."

Sir Elton John performed at the reception at St George's Hall

Posting on Instagram, David Beckham said: "Watching Harry as happy as he was makes us all proud of the man and person he has always been... what a day."

Other celebrities attending were TV personality James Corden, singer James Blunt, actress Carey Mulligan and former England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson.

Prince Harry's uncle, Earl Spencer; the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson; and the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, were also invited.

About 1,200 members of the public - many who were recognised for their charity work - were invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding.

Royal wedding 2018: Royal Family thanks public - BBC News


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Son for humanity.

None of your Danish royals were invited, for some reason.

'The face you make when you're at your ex's wedding': Chelsy Davy's VERY sombre expression at the royal wedding sparks memes as users joke it screams 'should have been me'

Prince Harry's former flame Chelsy Davy was one of the first guests to arrive for the royal wedding in Windsor on Saturday.

And despite the potential awkwardness of her situation, she appeared to be in bright spirits.

However, an inside shot during the ceremony showed the 32-year-old sporting a rather more somber expression, and users quickly took to Twitter to sympathise with the jewellery designer.

While many joked that her pensive face screamed 'it should have been me', others admitted that they could relate to her.

Read more: Chelsy Davy's expression at ex Prince Harry's wedding sparks meme | Daily Mail Online
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