Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hearing wedding bells! The couple first struck up a romance back in 2016, and now that they're finally engaged, details about their upcoming nuptials have begun trickling in. While Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding was a lavish affair watched by billions around the world, it turns out, Harry is envisioning the total opposite for his.
According to Us Weekly, "pomp and pageantry" are the last things Harry reportedly wants. "It would stop it from turning into a total media circus and give the day a sense of privacy that Harry so badly craves." Still, that doesn't mean Harry won't have the support of his family. According to the insider, there's "no question" that Queen Elizabeth II would attend. Keep reading to see everything we know so far about Harry and Meghan's big day.
Harry and Meghan are set to tie the knot on May 19, 2018. The couple is reportedly expediting the wedding to ensure that Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, can attend. Philip is 96 and recently retired from his royal duties.
The couple will exchange "I dos" at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II "has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel" as it is one of her official residences.
Harry and Meghan will reportedly mark their big day with a banana wedding cake. "This will be the first royal wedding cake made from bananas," a source close to the couple told The Telegraph. Harry is also said to love "anything with banana."
The Wedding Party
Harry has reportedly asked William to serve as his best man. According to Us Weekly, "Harry has several close guy friends, but there's no way he would ask anyone but William to take on the top job." It's also worth noting that Harry was William's best man at his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton, so perhaps he just wants William to return the favor? Another insider revealed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will also have special roles during Harry and Meghan's big day. Does this mean we'll have another repeat of Pippa Middleton's wedding? We sure hope so!
The Guest List
Even though Harry and Meghan have yet to put their guest list together, Harry has reportedly already informally invited Barack and Michelle Obama. According to Us Weekly, "Harry has already told the Obamas he wants them at the wedding but because of the political side of things, like the immense pressure that would follow to invite the Trumps, their appearance at the wedding hangs in the balance." The couple's close friends and family have also already begun planning for the big day. "The friends and family who are going to the wedding already know they're going," a source told the publication. "There are no friends, at least on Meghan's side, that are in the dark about that."
Will It Be Televised?"
Yes! According to Brides, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace announced during a recent press conference that everyone will have the pleasure of tuning into Harry and Meghan's big day, just like we did for Will and Kate's wedding in 2011. "The couple of course wants the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," the spokesperson explained. "They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved."