The whispers started back in October 31st 2016, “Are they, aren’t they?” Confirming the relationship the following month in November 8th 2016, Prince Harry released a very rare statement asking the media to stop harassing his then girlfriend. Showing not only how serious Harry was about Meghan, but how serious he was about protecting her and their relationship.
Despite the statement, which calmed the paps down slightly, the media storm still followed the couple right up to the wedding day itself, with drama surrounding the Markle family and speculation about who would be attending and what Meghan and the guests would be wearing.
The ceremony which was held at St George’s Chapel on May 19th 2018, just like the couple themselves was modern, and broke tradition for many reasons, not least because his bride, (then named) Meghan Markle, was a previously married, mixed-American actress with an unconventional family. Meghan even walked herself down the aisle before being met by Prince Charles who gently led her to Prince Harry.
Included in the ceremony was a non-traditional sermon conducted by American Reverend Bishop Michael Curry, who some have said even upstaged the bride with his highly energized, passionate sermon. The royal family as well as the English guests faces (including David Beckham and Elton John) made for some amusing memes following the wedding weekend as the stark contrast between the English traditions and American culture were made apparent.
However, despite loving or loathing the sermon, no one can deny the beauty in the differences and enjoying seeing the Royal family looking far more modern than it did even 5 years ago. The mix of cultures is a true reflection of the world we live in and as such, it’s important for our children to see themselves reflected in the media and on the faces of the future generations of the Royal Family.
With all the build up and drama surrounding the wedding, people were even more excited to see what the ceremony would be like, and with equal anticipation, waiting to see what Meghan Markle would wear. After Saturday we didn't have to wonder any longer. Meghan arrived at St George's Chapel wearing a Givenchy Dress. Despite being made by a French Fashion House, the dress was designed by British designer, Clare Waight Keller, who last year became the first female Artistic Director for Givenchy.
The dress was far less fussy than some people had anticipated. Modest, with three quarter length sleeves, but showing the collarbone with its bateau neckline, and A-line silhouette, the dress was stunning in feminine ethereal simplicity. The drama came in the form of a 16-foot silk tulle veil.
Honoring the commonwealth the veil was adorned with hand embroidered flowers that represented the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. Accessorized with Cartier Jewelry and a tiara borrowed from the Queen, the exquisitely elegant look was complete. Check out the best outfits from the star-studded wedding.
Serena Williams in Atelier Versace accessorized with Bulgari jewelry. Photo Credit: Versace Instagram
For the evening wedding reception held at Windsor, Megan wore a bespoke Stella McCartney high neck lily white gown in silk crepe.
The wedding cake served at the reception. Designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. Photo credit and details: Kensington Royal Official Instagram