Another Royal Wedding Coming in May
Prince Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle in May at a chapel on the grounds of one of his grandmother’s castles, royal officials announced Tuesday. St. George’s Chapel dates to the 15th century and is at Windsor Castle, where Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II lives for part of the year.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wed at St. George’s in a “service of blessing” in April 2005. The royal family certainly likes the setting: Besides Charles and Camilla, it’s where Charles’s brother Prince Edward married Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips wed wife Autumn.
The latest arrangements were unveiled at a special briefing at Buckingham Palace just one day after Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, shared the news of their engagement. However, an exact date for the wedding was not released Tuesday.
During the briefing, the couple’s Kensington Palace spokesman said the soon-to-be newlyweds are “extremely grateful following the warm public response” to their engagement.
“Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Miss Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year,” said the spokesman. “They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple.”The day will be “shaped so that members of the public” feel like a part of it, he added. “This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy and reflect the characters” of both the bride and groom.
The spokesman added that the royal family will foot the bill for the key parts of the wedding tab, including the church service, flowers, decorations and the reception.Meghan, the rep added, will be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England prior to the wedding. She also intends to become a British citizen.
The couple will make their first official appearance together on Friday in Nottingham, where they will greet members of the public, join a celebration for World AIDS Day and visit a school.The wedding will take place during an exciting time for the royal family — Harry’s brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, are expecting their third child in April.