On Saturday, May 19, the world will watch as Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle get married. The couple has chosen to have their royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The highly anticipated wedding has been the talk of the town for the past several months. Fans have wanted to know every detail about the royal festivities including performances, her dress, the cake, and, as is an interesting factor in many weddings, family drama.
This week, it was revealed that Meghan’s father would not be able to attend his daughter’s wedding. He had been previously hospitalized and said that he is not in good enough health for it. Recently, the Kensington Palace announced that Prince Charles will take his place.
However, Meghan Markle has opted to switch things up for this royal wedding. In unprecedented fashion, she has decided that rather than having someone walk her all the way down the aisle, she will walk a majority of her bridal procession alone. Additionally, no one will “give her away” to Prince Harry.
Throughout Meghan’s life, she has made intentional moves in order to empower women and stand up with a feminist voice. At an extremely young age, she even convinced Dove to change one of their commercials after they included subtle hints of sexism.
Now, in a move that no other royal wedding has seen before, Meghan will walk unescorted for the beginning section of the chapel nave. After, she will reportedly be met by her adorable little bridesmaids and page boys, with the church figure walking ahead.
When she reaches the Quire, Prince Charles will meet her and escort her down the aisle. When they approach Prince Harry, rather than giving her away as is common in traditional weddings, Prince Charles will stand back as Meghan moves forward. Reporters are led to believe that these unprecedented moves were completely Ms. Markle's idea, but that everyone was on board with them.
Regarding Prince Charles’ role, the Palace said, “Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to the Royal Family in this way.”
What do you think about Meghan’s decision to walk alone for much of her bridal processional? Let us know your thoughts! Will you be watching the royal wedding? Earlier today, the Palace revealed some delicious looking progress photos of the royal cake!