This past weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess’s star-studded wedding in Rome. The duchess was quite the fabulous guest, stepping out in a black tulle Valentino gown.
And as it turns out, she played an important role in the nuptials too. According to multiple reports, Meghan gave a reading during the ceremony. Her passage of choice? Reportedly, “The Vow” by Roger McGough.
The emotional poem touches on themes of love, commitment, and forgiveness.
“I vow to honor the commitment made this day which/Unlike the flowers and the cake/Will not wither or decay,” it reads. “A promise not to obey but to respond joyfully/To forgive and to console/For once incomplete, we now are whole.”
The final verse comes with an acknowledgment of the exchanging of rings: “And with this ring, my final vow/To recall, whatever the future may bring/The love I feel for you now.”
It’s been said that the duchess was the only guest who gave a reading and she picked the text herself.
She spoke in front of a gathering that included Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Karlie Kloss, Joshua Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and James Corden. The wedding took place at Villa Aurelia, a palatial 17th-century structure on the grounds of the American Academy in Rome.
It’s just the latest example of the strong bond between Meghan and fashion designer Nonoo. Earlier this month, they collaborated on a capsule collection to benefit the duchess’s patronage, Smart Works. Nonoo attended Meghan’s wedding at Windsor Castle and New York City baby shower. It’s even been rumored that Nonoo may have set up her friend with Prince Harry (although many names have been floated as matchmaker).
Harry and Meghan had to depart Rome for South Africa shortly after—but surely the jet lag was worth it for such a close friend.
Originally Appeared on Vogue