Nottingham Cottage, Kensington Palace, 27 November 2017, engagement media formalities over in the Sunken Gardens and Prince Harry — often seen as the cheekier of the two royal brothers — and his bride-to-be Meghan are back on their comfy sofa to tell the world how they “tripped” into each other’s worlds and how the stars had been aligned”. And the lovebirds couldn’t help teasing each other, making hand gestures and pulling silly faces just after their interview with BBC’s Mishal Husain.
Kensington Palace has since confirmed the couple will wed next May in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a venue with royal associations going back centuries. The fifth-in-line to the British throne and the American actress have enjoyed wall-to-wall media coverage on both sides of the Atlantic since they announced their engagement.
The Gothic St George’s Chapel is located in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Faith Tarby, who used to work in the housekeeping department for Windsor, said it was “wonderful” that the happy couple would be getting married in St. George’s Chapel. Another British tourist who had just visited the “gorgeous” chapel said that London wouldn’t have been an appropriate choice for the ceremony in “times of austerity”.
St. George’s Chapel was the venue of a service of prayer and dedication held to mark the wedding of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. The royal family also gathered there to officially mark Harry’s grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday in 2011.
Visitors to Queen’s Windsor Castle home said they were ‘delighted’ to hear the news of Prince Harry and US actress Markle’s engagement.
“It’s out of the tradition and in to the new phase,” said Vida Kane, a tourist from New York who was visiting the historic town with her daughter .
Windsor, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, is located about 20 miles (32 km) to the west of London.
ROYAL WEDDING PLANNING
Markle will “put her own stamp” on the royal wedding with a “proper party” in Spring 2018, luxury wedding planner Sarah Haywood told Reuters TV.
Haywood, who has organised weddings for “princesses to pop stars”, believes after “all the pomp and the ceremony” occurs at the planned nuptials: “I would imagine that she’s going to want to set the precedent that she’s her own woman.”
The wedding planner added that Prince Harry marrying a divorcee was not unusual now for the royal family. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales “is married to a divorcee so it’s really not a problem”.
International matchmaker Sarah Louise Ryan agrees that divorcees – Markle having been married before to film producer Trevor Engelson – make the best matches as they make sure they get it right second time around.
Ryan also told the news agency that “trust and respect” with “fluid communication” are key to a long-lasting relationship – without these elements, two people cannot come together and support each other long term.
After watching the couple publicly announcing their engagement, Ryan added: “You can see they’re tightly holding onto each other, like supporting each other.”
“I think it shows them being authentic to who they are and what they want for their relationship,” she said.
Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, best known for her role in the U.S. TV legal drama Suits, got engaged earlier this month in London.
She showed off a dazzling three-stone ring during the official photo call. It was designed by Harry himself with, at its centre, a diamond from Botswana, which his office said was a place special to the couple, surrounded by two diamonds taken from the personal collection of his late mother Princess Diana.