Secrets You Didn’t Know About Prince Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding

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Before Their Blind Date, Meghan Asked: “Is He Nice?”

The couple actually didn’t know much about each other before they met face to face; their friend played matchmaker. According to Harry it was “definitely a set-up- it was a blind date.” Meghan actually asked the matchmaker if Harry is nice, “I didn’t know much about him. And so the only thing that I and asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was- I had one question, I said, ‘well, is he nice?'”

They Kept Their Relationship Secret For Six Months

Only six months after the couple met their relationship became publicized. They decided to keep their relationship secret for at least six months to avoid media scrutiny. Harry’s ex-girlfriends, Chelsy Savy and Cressida Bonas, both ended their relationships with him because the media scrutiny was too hard to handle. While it was probably a huge challenge for Prince Harry and Meghan- keeping their relationship secret was most likely a smart choice. “We were able to really have so much time just to connect,” Markle has stated.

Not Everyone In Meghan’s Family Is Invited

The Royal Wedding is one of those events where everyone wants to get an invite. You would think that family members automatically get invited. However, it seems that not all of Meghan’s family is. Meghan is not in touch with her older half-sister Samantha, so she will obviously not be invited. But she’s not the only one. Meghan’s other half-sibling Thomas Markle Jr, his son Tyler Dooley, and his mom Tracey- have all been left off the guest list.

Meghan’s Father Was Accused Of Faking Paparazzi Photos

A few days before the big day, several paparazzi photos were released of Meghan’s father. In these photos, he is shown getting measured for his wedding suit, looking at images of Meghan and Prince Harry, and reading a book called “Images of Britain.” However, CCTV footage later showed that these photos were in fact staged. Apparently, he was paid around $180,000 to fake the images. Oops! 

The Non-Traditional Wedding Cake

According to tradition, royal couples usually have a fruitcake at their wedding. However, recently Kensington Palace has revealed that Meghan and Harry will have a “lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring.” The cake designer is Claire Ptak, she is a pastry chef and an owner of a bakery called Violet Cakes. 

Prince Harry Proposed While Roasting Chicken

You would expect Prince Harry to propose on some beautiful beach or on a mountaintop with a stunning view. However, he didn’t feel the need to go to these over-the-top locations. Instead, he actually proposed while roasting chicken at his home- Nottingham Cottage. You heard that right. Meghan was surprised and excited at the same time. In one interview of the couple for BBC News, she said, “He got on one knee… I could barely let you finish proposing. I said, ‘Can I say yes now?’”

Meghan’s Father Will Not Attend The Wedding

After the paparazzi story came out, it was rumored that Meghan’s father will not attend the wedding. While the rumors ended up being confirmed, it’s not because of the paparazzi scandal. Apparently, Thomas Markle has suffered a heart attack the week before and now needs to undergo surgery in the US. Unfortunately, that means he will miss the royal wedding and won’t get to walk Meghan down the aisle.

Meghan’s Sister: “The Truth Would Kill Her Relationship With Harry”

Meghan hasn’t spoken to her half-sister, Samantha Grant (formerly Markle), in over nine years. Samantha was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nine years ago and, according to Samantha, since then Meghan hasn’t spoken to her. Recently, Samantha has stated that she is going to publicize a tell-all book about their childhood. She also claims that Meghan’s behavior is not fitting to be part of the royal family, has called her a “social climber,” and claimed that “the truth would kill her relationship with Prince Harry.”

This Is Not Meghan’s First Marriage

The wedding will not be the first time Meghan says the words, “I do.” Meghan was married before to film producer Trevor Engelson. Engelson is probably most famous for the 9/11 film Remember Me. The two met in 2004 and six years later got married. However, two years after the wedding they got divorced. The reason? “Irreconcilable differences.” Some claim that Toronto started becoming more of her home than L.A, a fact which influenced their relationship greatly.

The Royal Wedding Will Cost $1.4 Million

Weddings, in general, are expensive. But royal weddings are ten times more expensive! A royal wedding includes everything from a designer dress, security, stunning venues, entertainment, flowers, the best food and drinks, and one magnificent cake. These costs can really add up. In fact, a wedding cake alone (for royals) can reach a price of $10,000! In total, the wedding is estimated to cost around $1.4 million dollars. Wow.

The Royal Family Will Cover Expenses

With a price tag of $1.4 million, we can’t help but wonder: who will pay for the wedding? It seems as if the groom’s relatives, the royal family, will pick up the tab. An official statement by Kensington Palace read, “as was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards.” Guess royalty comes with a price.

Not Always Royal: Meghan Had A Fake ID In College

With the wedding coming up, people can’t help but research Meghan’s past. And, according to The Sunday Mirror, it appears that before she was royalty, she was just a regular college girl using a fake ID. Meghan attended Northwestern University, in Chicago and would use the fake ID to go clubbing. In fact, she belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority which was known for its partying.

Meghan Will Give Up Acting For Royal Duties

Following the engagement to Prince Harry, 36-year-old Meghan has stated that she will give up her acting career. In an interview to BBC News, she said, “I just see it as a change…It’s a new chapter, right?” She has been acting on the show Suits for seven years. However, after the wedding, she will focus her energies on advancing “worthy causes.” Meghan feels like her new position comes with a lot of responsibility and she wants to make sure she takes it seriously.

Prince Harry Never Heard Of Meghan Before They Met

Meghan Markle is an actress. In the past, she had small roles in various series; including Rachel Zane on Suits between the years 2011 and 2018. She also appeared in Remember Me and Horrible Bosses. But when Prince Harry was first set-up with actress Meghan, he had never heard of her before. It seems he wasn’t a Suits fan. However, when he saw her for the first time, he has admitted to thinking “I have to up my game!”

Meghan and Harry Are Actually Related

Obviously, Prince Harry’s family roots can be traced back several centuries since the royal family is highly documented. It seems, however, that Meghan’s family can also be traced back. In fact, they have a genealogical connection; their bloodlines cross back in the 15th century. The two are linked through someone named Ralph Bowes, born in 1480. This connection, according to Yahoo!, meaning that they are 15th cousins. Thankfully that’s not too closely related.

Prince Harry Had A Long-Term Relationship Before

Back in 2004, Prince Harry started dating Chelsy Davy. The two met at school and had an on-again-off-again relationship for seven years. However, the royal life was not for Chelsy. Being scrutinized constantly by the media was tough on her and the two decided to split. However, the two claim that they will always remain good friends.

Honoring Princess Diana

Although Harry’s dad and brother will be by his side for the wedding, his mother- Princess Diana- won’t be there. Diana died in a terrible car accident in 1997. Meghan and Prince Harry decided to honor Diana in several ways. First of all, all three of Diana’s siblings will be attending the wedding. The couple will also use the Ascot Landau carriage for their procession (it was used often by Princess Diana). Moreover, in the wedding, there will be white garden roses, which were Diana’s favorite flowers.

Celebs Are Invited, Politicians Not So Much

So who is invited to the wedding? The guest list consists of around 600 people. Besides the royal family and friends, you are likely to spot some celebs as well. Reportedly David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Serena Williams, Millie Macintosh, Jessica Mulroney, and Elton John are all invited to the wedding. While celebs are invited, politicians such as Trump and Obama aren’t. The official statement said, “it has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding.”

Prince Harry Will Be Breaking Tradition In The Wedding

Usually, Royals don’t have a “best man” in their weddings. Traditionally, Royals had a “supporter.” For example, their father, the Prince of Wales, chose his brothers to be his supporter when he married Diana in 1981. However, Prince Harry decided to break this tradition by asking Prince William to be his “best man.”

The Wedding Has A Strict Dress Code

If you think you can come to a royal wedding and wear whatever you chose, you’re wrong. The wedding has a very strict dress code. Men are required to wear a coat and tie or morning suits which are coats with tails (usually worn with grey striped pants). The female guests also have to abide by rules- they need to wear a hat to accompany their day dress. They also shouldn’t wear anything that’s sleeveless.

Markle Will Make History By Being Oldest Royal Bride

Meghan was born in 1981, making her 36-years-old. She is three years older than her fiance Prince Harry. This means that she will officially become the oldest ever royal bride to marry to the British Royal Family. Maybe her life experience and slightly older age will help her deal with the pressures that come with the role.

Meghan Will Break Royal Tradition As Well

Prince Harry and Meghan are managing to put their own, modern, spin to the royal wedding. While Prince Harry is breaking tradition by having a best man, Meghan will also be breaking tradition. According to the Sunday Times, Markle is expected to give a speech at the reception of the wedding; she will give a toast and thank her new husband and family. This is not typical for royal weddings.

Not So Long Ago This Wedding Wouldn’t Have Been Possible

Just three years ago, in 2015, Prince Harry would have been forbidden to marry a Catholic as it goes against the rules. The reason is that his grandmother is the head of the Protestant Church in England. However, in recent years the royal family has focused on removing religious discrimination and today the royals are allowed to marry partners of any religion (however, they cannot become Catholic themselves). Meghan is the first benefactor of this change since she was raised as a Catholic.

 

Meghan’s Net Worth Will Grow Ten Times After Wedding

Meghan Markle is a celebrity on her own due to her acting career. The actress was paid $50,000 per episode of the show Suits. In fact, her current net worth is currently $5 million. However, Prince Harry is royalty and therefore currently has a net worth of over $40 million. That means that together, once they will be a legal couple, their net worth will be around $45 million!

The First American Legally Allowed To Marry Into Royal Family

In the past, marrying an American and divorcée was not accepted in the royal family. In 1936, for example, Prince Edward VIII married an American who was also a divorcée- Wallis Simpsons. However, the marriage resulted in a huge uproar in the British government and Edward VIII had to step down from the throne so that he could stay with his love. Afterwards, his brother (Prince Harry’s great-grandfather), took over the throne. Luckily, Prince Harry got permission to marry Meghan even though she is both an American and divorced.

Meghan’s Engagement Ring Is Worth Around $350k

Meghan and Harry got engaged in November. The ring was designed by Harry and constitutes two diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewelry and a diamond from Botswana as well. Many people actually claim that the ring should be considered priceless since it contains a part of Princess Diana’s possessions. However, it’s price value is actually estimated at $350,000. That’s one ring we wouldn’t wanna lose!

Prince Harry Had To Do This Before Proposing

Being part of a royal family comes with many, many rules. One of them is that the Queen has to approve of any marriage of her family members. The Act created in 1772 is called The Royal Marriages Act. It states that monarch approval is necessary for the marriage of the royals. Therefore, when Prince Harry decided he wanted to marry Meghan, he first had to ask the Queen for her permission. Luckily, she agreed.

Diehard Royal Wedding Fans

There’s no royal wedding without fans. And this royal wedding has some diehard fans. A few days before the big day, fans have set up a camp with tents and sleeping bags in the hopes of getting a good viewing spot. Fans have come with flags, fancy dresses, and signs. They can’t wait for the big day to arrive. However, the police are working on enforcing a no tent rule for security reasons.

You Won’t See Prince Louis At The Wedding

While almost everyone from the royal family is expected to attend the wedding, there is one, newer member, who you won’t see there: the newborn Prince Louis. Louis was born on April 23 so on the wedding date he will be less than four weeks old. It only makes sense that he won’t attend the wedding as he is way too young. On the wedding day, he will be cared by a nanny nearby.

Over 23 Million Viewers Will Watch The Wedding On Live Television

According to Ashwin Navin, CEO of the data firm Samba TV, big viewership numbers are expected to tune in to the wedding. During Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, viewership numbers reached around 23 million in the US alone. With Prince Harry’s global fame and Meghan Markle’s fame as an American actress; a big viewership number is expected (more than William and Kate’s wedding). That’s a lot of pressure, getting married on live television in front of millions of viewers. We wish them luck!

 

A Tale Of Love At First Sight

Do you believe in love at first sight? It looks like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do. When the two first met each other on their blind date, they sensed that this could become something big. According to Harry, it was love at first. He has stated, “the fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was a confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned. Everything was just perfect.” He has also stated that he knew she was the one for him from the first moment they met.

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