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Royal Wedding: Date Set for Harry and Meghan Marriage

Nuptials: Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed on Saturday 19 May 2018 Kensington Palace has confirmed. The couple recently announced their engagement after a 18-month long-distance romance. The wedding will be held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle with the Royal family footing the estimated £1.5m bill.

Markle will also be spending christmas with the Queen at Sandringham in a departure from established royal protocol where the monarch never entertains unmarried spouses of members of the royal family. It continues the rapid transformation of the former Suits actress who has relocated from Canada to London to live with Prince Harry at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace. She has also performed her first royal engagement in Nottingham and seems to be relishing the challenges of her new life under the media glare.

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The wedding is likely to attract huge attention across the world, as did the marriage of William to his wife Kate in 2011, watched by an estimated two billion television audience and reported to have been the most expensive security operation ever mounted in Britain with a budget of around £20m. Prince Charles’ wedding to Diana Spencer in 1981 was estimated to have cost £4m.

Costliest royal wedding: Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who was given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey

The royal family have said they will bear the costs for key aspects of the wedding, like the church service and reception. Markle, 36, who attended a Catholic school as a child but is a Protestant, will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding.

She intends to become a British citizen, though she will retain her U.S. citizenship while she goes through the process. She will however not be able to append the title of Princess before her name as she is not deemed to have royal blood. Just like her future sister-in-law Catherine Middleton who automatically became Her Royal Highness, Princess William of Wales. The new royal fiancee will most likely officially become HRH Princess Henry of Wales. Unless the Queen otherwise decrees and bestows the title of princess on her.

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