Table of Contents
- The Date of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Made History
- Where did they get married?
- The wedding fell on a weekend
- No holiday
- Harry and Meghan’s story: From their first date to stepping back as senior royals Meghan and Harry only got married 19 months ago, but they have faced a turbulent time since that happy day in May 2018.
- Royal Wedding 2018: Best photos from Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding
- Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Watch the replay
- Save the date
- How to watch the royal wedding on TV
- How to watch the royal wedding online
- Royal wedding replay
- WATCH: The Royal Wedding Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially announced today that they’re expecting their first child together. The news arrives almost five months after they officially married on May 19, 2018.
Meghan, 37, is currently 12 weeks along, and the baby is due in spring 2019. (If you want to get technical, Spring 2019 officially starts on March 20 and ends on June 20.) It’s possible she and Harry, 34, will welcome their child shortly ahead of their one-year wedding anniversary, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter points out.
The Duchess of Sussex wouldn’t be the first royal mom to do so. The Queen apparently gave birth to Prince Charles on November 14, 1948, just days ahead of her first anniversary with husband Prince Philip on November 20.
The Queen gave birth to Prince Charles just shy of her one year wedding anniversary. We may see a similar happy arrival with Harry and Meghan.
— Victoria Arbiter (@victoriaarbiter) October 15, 2018
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Harry and Meghan’s wedding was arguably the biggest ceremony of the year, which boasted 29 million viewers, per Nielsen, and cost an estimated $45 million.
Celebrities including George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Idris Elba, Elton John, Serena Williams, and Priyanka Chopra attended the ceremony. Royals including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also in attendance.
The adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte were in the bridal party, but their youngest sibling, Prince Louis, was missing in action, as he was just weeks old by the time of the wedding.
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The bride’s mom, Doria Ragland, was her only family member to attend the ceremony. Her father was originally scheduled to walk her down the aisle, but he couldn’t attend due to heart surgery. Her father-in-law, Prince Charles, stepped in on the wedding day.
Meghan wore a custom boatneck wedding gown by Givenchy Haute Couture for the ceremony, followed by a high-neck, sleeveless Stella McCartney gown for the evening reception, which was held at Frogmore House. Her engagement ring featured two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection.
Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced almost a year ago. Prince Charles made it official with a statement on November 27, 2017, that read:
“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty, The Queen and other close members of his family.
Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.”
See all the romantic photos from Harry and Meghan’s epic royal wedding below.
The Date of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Made History
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding had all types of historical significance. One of them being their wedding date.
Not many people can say that the date they picked for their wedding made history. But Markle and Prince Harry are no ordinary couple. Keep reading to learn why the date their wedding fell on, made history.
Where did they get married?
Prince Harry and Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose to have their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle.
Initially, the duke and duchess wanted Frogmore House to serve as their wedding venue. But their advisers weren’t happy with their choice and asked the couple to pick another more “practical” venue. Markle and Prince Harry settled on holding the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel and having their reception at Frogmore House.
St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle | Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images
St. George’s Chapel is where Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, received a blessing following their civil ceremony in April 2005. Prince Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel five months after he and Markle had their nuptials there.
The chapel is considered more intimate compared to other royal wedding venues such as Westminster Abbey. St. George’s Chapel holds 800 people whereas Westminster Abbey holds 2,000.
As for Frogmore House, Markle and Prince Harry reportedly spent a lot of time there when their relationship was still unknown to the public. The couple would have picnics on the grounds in secluded areas of the gardens.
The wedding fell on a weekend
Markle and Prince Harry got married on May 19, 2018, which fell on a Saturday. This broke the royal tradition of weddings being held on a weekday, according to Reader’s Digest.
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Harry’s brother, Prince William, married Kate Middleton on a Friday. Prince Harry and Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, exchanged vows on a Wednesday. And their grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip got married on a Thursday.
Not only did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding fall on a weekend, but it happened on the same day as another big event in Britain, the Emirates FA Final Cup, the country’s historic soccer cup competition. As Reader’s Digest pointed out, the Football Association’s president is Prince William, and he normally shows up at the Final Cup. Obviously, he skipped the Final Cup to attend his brother’s wedding.
Following the engagement announcement of Prince Harry and Markle, the country’s government told the British people there “isn’t a precedent in this area” for a bank holiday to be declared. Basically, that means the public wouldn’t get a day off to watch the royal wedding. But since the wedding fell on a Saturday, there was no need for a holiday.
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The government declared Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day a bank holiday as well as the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, according to Express. However, both of those royal weddings took place during the week.
Harry and Meghan’s story: From their first date to stepping back as senior royals
Meghan and Harry only got married 19 months ago, but they have faced a turbulent time since that happy day in May 2018.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex only met a few years ago – but their whirlwind romance is leading them to a new future.
Their dramatic decision to quit their roles as senior royals and split time between the UK and North America comes after a turbulent year for the couple, which has seen rows over privacy, clashes with relatives and the launch of legal action against the media.
Image: Prince Harry and Meghan in South Africa
Here is a look at their relationship so far.
Meghan revealed in an interview in 2017 that she first met Harry in London the year before, during a blind date.
In November 2016, Buckingham Palace confirmed they were dating – and the following month, the first pictures of them together, at the Gielgud Theatre in London, were published.
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On 24 September, 2017, Meghan made her first appearance at an official engagement when she attended the opening ceremony of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada – although they did not sit together.
The following day, they made their first official public appearance together at the event, where they were seen hand in hand and smiling and laughing, before watching the wheelchair tennis.
Image: Sharing a joke at the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto
In November 2017, Harry proposed to Meghan and their engagement was announced a few weeks later.
Harry and Meghan: The full interview
In May 2018 they got married at Windsor Castle where Harry told Meghan “you look amazing” as millions of royal fans around the world watched their fairytale wedding.
Every key moment of royal wedding
The duchess walked through the nave of the stunning St George’s Chapel on her own, followed by a procession of bridesmaids and pageboys including Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Prince Charles then walked her the rest of the way.
Image: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile during the ceremony Image: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel
Image: Meghan arrived at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in a loose-fitting coat, sparking rumours she was pregnant
Rumours started that Meghan was expecting when she turned up to Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018 wearing a loose-fitting coat.
The news was confirmed shortly afterwards, with the couple said to be “very pleased” with the news.
Image: The duke and duchess pose with the newborn son in May
Celebrations ahead of the birth included a solo trip to New York City, where the American former actress caught up with friends including stylist Jessica Mulroney and attended an exclusive baby shower, with the private jet journey and penthouse suite, reportedly funded by friends, said to have cost some £300,000.
Duke of Sussex: ‘We’re both absolutely thrilled’
On May 6 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is born, weighing 7lb 3oz.
The couple kept Archie’s birthplace a secret.
They were also criticised for holding his christening in private, barring TV cameras and press photographers – even as the family arrived for the Windsor Castle service.
Image: Well-wishers gathered in Windsor ahead of baby Archie’s christening, which was a private affair
No details were released about his godparents, but some information was given about the gown their son was wearing.
A statement said: “Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years”.
Image: Archie’s christening
The duke and duchess ran into controversy when it emerged that the refurbishment of their cottage cost taxpayers £2.4m.
In the summer of 2019, Harry and Megan faced criticism for their use of private jets after taking four flights in 11 days, despite speaking out about environmental issues.
Is the public falling out of love with Meghan?
The Duke of Sussex defended his actions by explaining that he spends “99% of my life” using commercial flights, but occasionally needs to ensure “my family are safe”.
Sir Elton John also stuck up for his long-term friend, revealing that he supplied the couple with a private flight to “maintain a high level of much-needed protection”.
Image: Elton John defended the couple, saying he provided them with use of a private jet
Suing the media
In early October 2019, Prince Harry issued a statement saying he and Meghan were taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday for the publication of her private letters.
He said his wife had become “one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences”.
The duke said a “ruthless campaign” had escalated over the past year, throughout Meghan’s pregnancy and while raising their newborn son, Archie.
In the same month, the Duchess of Sussex claimed her British friends told her not to marry Prince Harry because the tabloid press would “destroy” her life.
Speaking in a TV documentary, Meghan said she never thought being part of the Royal Family would be “easy” – but she says she “thought it would be fair”.
Duchess: Struggle being mum under spotlight
She also told presenter Tom Bradby that not many people had asked if she was okay – and she admitted that living in the public eye as a new mother has been a “struggle”.
The programme was filmed during the couple’s tour of Africa, their first as a family, when baby Archie was four months old.
In the Nyanga township in Cape Town, the duchess gave a speech to young women who have benefited from an initiative teaching them self-defence and female empowerment.
She addressed her mixed race heritage, telling them: “I want you to know from me, I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.”
She then danced with some of the performers – but it was baby Archie who stole the show, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu planted a tender kiss on his forehead while his mother cradled him in her hands.
Image: Baby Archie is kissed on the forehead by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
But the couple’s tour was overshadowed on the penultimate day after the announcement about their decision to sue the Mail on Sunday.
Prince Harry later filed his own proceedings at the High Court, against News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and the now-defunct News of The World, and Reach plc, which owns the Daily Mirror, in relation to the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages.
Despite their struggles, the couple have received several public offerings of support from various celebrities.
Beyonce told them “we love you guys” after meeting them at the European premiere of Disney’s The Lion King, alongside her husband, Jay-Z.
Image: Prince Harry and Meghan met Beyonce and Jay-Z at The Lion King premiere in London
American singer Pharrell Williams, who was also in the line-up, praised their “significant” and “beautiful” relationship, with the duchess appearing to add “they (the media) don’t make it easy”.
While following the alleged racist and sexist treatment she has faced, former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said of Meghan that she wanted to “put my arms around her – oh my God, I want to hug her”.
“I just hate it, I see them get attacked and it’s not fair,” she added.
Questioned about an alleged rift with the Duke of Cambridge, Harry said he loved his brother dearly but they were “on different paths” and have “good days” and “bad days” in their relationship.
‘Good days and bad days’ with William
It was announced the couple and Archie would be spending Christmas with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland rather than with the Queen at Sandringham.
Harry and Meghan later began a six-week break from royal duties to recharge.
Prince Harry and Meghan chose not to spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham. Instead, they head off to Canada for an extended holiday for several weeks. Details of their break were kept under wraps but they are believed to have spent time on Vancouver Island. While there, they issued a photo of Harry cuddling baby Archie.
On their return, they went to Canada House this week to thank the country for their hospitality. It is now clear that while holidaying in Canada, the couple spent time thinking about their future.
A day later, they revealed they intend to step back as “senior” members of the Royal Family and work towards becoming “financially independent”, while still continuing to full support Her Majesty The Queen.
Image: Prince Harry with his son Archie Image: Harry and Meghan at Canada House
They also reveal that they intend to split their time between the UK and North America, while “continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronages”.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said discussions about them stepping back were “at an early stage”.
They said: “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Royal Wedding 2018: Best photos from Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on Saturday, and as expected, IT. WAS. REGAL.
A six-month engagement isn’t long, but it was long enough for Harry and Meghan to put the finishing touches on every last detail of their exquisite ceremony, and the incredible hours leading up to it.
Things got started about three hours before Meghan and Harry entered St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, as the string of celebrities making their way to the venue proved this was no ordinary wedding. From there, millions of viewers were treated to Meghan’s stunning dress reveal, the couple’s sweet “I dos” and a surprising ’60s ballad mid-ceremony. See the best moments from the royal wedding below.
Meghan’s Car Ride to the Church
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The morning was all about Meghan, as fans anxiously awaited just a glimpse of her dress — and stunning tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth — when she headed to the ceremony in a Rolls-Royce with her mom, Doria Ragland.
The Celebrity Guests
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Of the 600 lucky guests invited to watch Harry and Meghan say “I do,” quite a few were celebrities. The former Suits star invited her co-stars, including Patrick J. Adams, Gabriel Macht and Abigail Spencer, as well as other famous faces like Oprah Winfrey, Amal and George Clooney, and Serena Williams. Harry also invited a few famous Brits like David and Victoria Beckham, Carey Mulligan and Macus Mumford, Elton John, and Tom Hardy.
The Dress Reveal
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Fans speculated for months about what Meghan would wear down the aisle, but she shocked them all when she emerged in a timeless gown by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. The acclaimed British designer worked closely with the bride on the impeccably tailored dress, which featured an open bateau neckline, a sculpted waist and three-quarter sleeves.
The MLK Sermon
“Love is the only way” – Meghan and Harry hold hands and smile through Reverend Michael Curry’s address pic.twitter.com/ObeZe8iova
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 19, 2018
The Most Reverend Michael Curry of Chicago, Illinois, brought a little flavor to what could have been a quite traditional ceremony, as he quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. while discussing the power of love. “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love, and when we do that, we will make of this old world, a new world,” he said. “Two young people fell in love, and we showed up.”
The “Stand by Me” Choir
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 19, 2018
After Meghan and Harry exchanged their vows, Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir began a stunning rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” The 1961 ballad, performed by a predominantly black choir, stood out among the other hymns performed during the ceremony, and seemed to symbolize this new era of the royal family.
Harry Honoring His Mother in Meghan’s Bouquet
As Meghan and Harry exited the church after the ceremony, it was revealed that Harry had a hand in picking out his bride’s bouquet, choosing to include Forget-Me-Nots as a tribute to his late mother, Princess Diana.
The Newlyweds’ Carriage Ride
Not every wedding ends in a carriage ride, but it’s par for the course for the royal family. Harry and Meghan hopped into a horse-drawn carriage where they generously displayed their newlywed love to the thousands of adoring fans lining the streets of Windsor in the perfect ending to their ceremony.
The festivities are far from over. Keep up with ET’s live blog of the royal wedding here.
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Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Watch the replay
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at the much-watched royal wedding Saturday, but you might have been asleep when it happened. In case you missed the big event, you can watch the ceremony on YouTube by clicking here (unfortunately, YouTube won’t allow embeds).
You can also view the wedding by signing up for a free trial of BritBox. HBO’s comedic take on the ceremony featuring Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon in character as Cord and Tish is now streaming on the HBO Now and HBO Go subscription services. And if you’d rather just get a super fast royal-wedding recap in GIFs, we have that too.
The original story published before the wedding is below.
Say what you will about the royal family, but Her Majesty the Queen and her brood sure do know how to do weddings. Her grandson Prince Harry will wed the American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19, amid much pomp and considerable circumstance. If you’re still waiting for your invitation or have sent your regrets, here’s what you need to know about how to watch the royal wedding from across the pond in the US. (For more on Prince Harry and his American bride, here’s what you need to know.)
Save the date
The royal wedding will take place on Saturday, May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The ceremony is expect to start at 12 noon UK time — that’s 7 a.m. ET or 4 a.m. PT here in the US. Following the hour-long service, the Prince and newly minted Duchess (not Princess, sorry) will start the celebration by traveling around the town of Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage to the delight of forelock-tugging commoners everyone watching.
Cameras will be allowed inside the chapel as well as along the carriage procession route in Windsor, so you’ll be able to see a great deal of the big day.
How to watch the royal wedding on TV
Many outlets will broadcast the royal wedding. If you’ve got a cable or satellite subscription or have cut the cord and use one of the big five live-TV streaming services, then here are some of the options to watch live.
Yes, even the Royal Family has a YouTube channel. You can watch the wedding festivities starting at 12 noon UK time (7 a.m. ET or 4 a.m. PT.). We’ve embedded the stream above, too.
ABC News and Good Morning America will have live coverage beginning at 5 a.m. ET (2 a.m. PT). GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts and World News Tonight anchor David Muir will lead the coverage.
CBS News will start its live broadcast at 4 a.m. ET (1 a.m. PT), led by CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King and Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier, with help from CBS News royal contributor Tina Brown. (For the record: CNET is a division of CBS.)
NBC News is bringing the entire Today show crew to England for live coverage, starting at 4:30 a.m ET (1:30 a.m PT). Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will anchor NBC’s coverage, with help from Megyn Kelly, Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Roker.
Fox News will start its coverage at 5 a.m. ET (2 a.m. PT) with Ainsley Earhardt co-hosting Fox and Friends Weekend from Windsor, England. Its main coverage of the royal wedding will begin at 6 a.m. ET (3 a.m. PT), co-anchored by Shepard Smith and Sandra Smith.
BBC America will carry a live simulcast of BBC One’s coverage, starting at 4:15 a.m ET (1:15 a.m PT). Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards, Dermot O’Leary, Tina Daheley, Alex Jones, Ore Oduba and Anita Rani will lead the coverage.
Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan will lead HBO’s live coverage of the royal wedding, starting at 7:30 a.m ET (4:30 a.m. PT). You may know parade experts Cord and Tish by their real names, Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon. HBO will replay Cord and Tish’s royal wedding shenanigans at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
How to watch the royal wedding online
You can stream the royal wedding live online from the websites or mobile apps of the networks broadcasting the event. You can watch live for free without authentication from YouTube, ABC, CBS and NBC, but will need to prove you are a pay TV subscriber to watch on BBC America. And, of course, you’ll need to be an HBO subscriber to get Cord and Tish’s thoughts and reactions.
- ABCNews.com or the ABC News app
- CBSNews.com or the CBS News app
- NBCNews.com or the NBC News app
- FoxNews.com or the Fox News app
- BBCAmerica.com or the BBC America app for iOS or Android
- HBO.com or HBO Now or HBO Go
- Reuters TV
BritBox, a streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV for fans of British television, will have a live stream of ITV’s coverage of the royal wedding, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham (and you can’t get more British than those two). Its live coverage of the royal wedding will begin at 5:30 a.m. ET (2:30 a.m. PT), but will also have time-shifted streams for US viewers. That is, Americans who don’t want to get up before the sun can opt for a delayed start so they don’t miss a moment of Harry and Meghan’s big day. BritBox costs $6.99 a month, but there’s a seven-day free trial to get you through Saturday’s nuptials.
Royal wedding replay
If sleeping in on Saturday is more important than watching two strangers wed, royal or otherwise, then your two best options for watching a royal wedding replay are: YouTube, or signing up for BritBox’s free trial and starting the stream at your convenience. Or, if you can wait until Saturday evening, you can catch the replay of Cord and Tish’s coverage on HBO.
For lots more, read our sister site Entertainment Tonight’s complete guide to the royal wedding.
First published May 8.
Update, May 19, 9:11 a.m. PT: Adds details on how to watch the replay.
WATCH: The Royal Wedding Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle
Missed the festivities? Not to worry. With the assistance of English breakfast tea and freshly made cucumber sandwiches, we live-blogged the royal wedding ceremony from this page.
Updated at 9:01 a.m. ET
According to Kensington Palace, Queen Elizabeth II will give a lunchtime reception for 600 guests at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle on Saturday. The wedding cake, along with a selection of canapés and “bowl food,” will be served.
It is a royal family tradition to serve fruitcake at weddings, but not this time. Instead, the cake is a light sponge cake with a filling of Amalfi lemon curd, elderflower syrup and an elderflower buttercream. The elderflower in the cake actually comes from the elderflower trees at the Queen’s residence in Sadringham. Pastry chef Claire Ptak designed the cake.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex upon their wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday. WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex upon their wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
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The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/kt5lE4tEn9
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
A note about Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex: You’ve probably seen the word “biracial” used to describe her in multiple news outlets, including this one. NPR’s Leah Donnella has reported on the words we use to describe people of multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds, including the term “biracial.”
“Biracial is, of course, another widely used term. It began showing up regularly in scientific papers in the 1970s, often referring to communities with both black and white members. But because of the specificity of ‘bi,’ meaning two, some argued that ‘biracial’ was too limited a term.”
Meghan has written about her identity herself, for Elle magazine in 2015. “Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating,” she said. She wrote about a time in seventh grade when she had to check a box to indicate her ethnicity. When she talked with her father about it, he told her later that she would need to make her own box. In the essay, she invoked her family history.
“In 1865 (which is so shatteringly recent), when slavery was abolished in the United States, former slaves had to choose a name. A surname, to be exact. Perhaps the closest thing to connecting me to my ever-complex family tree, my longing to know where I come from, and the commonality that links me to my bloodline, is the choice that my great-great-great grandfather made to start anew. He chose the last name Wisdom. He drew his own box.”
Update at 8:43 a.m. ET
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have hit the streets of Windsor. They’re traveling about town in a horse-drawn carriage. The carriage is called an Ascot Landau, which Crown Equerry Col. Toby Browne has described as a “wonderfully bright, small, lovely carriage.” It allows its passengers to sit up high so that they can be easily seen from outside.
The carriage was pulled by four Windsor grey horses — Milford Haven, Sir Basil, Tyrone and Storm. Two additional horses, named Plymouth and Londonderry, served as outriders alongside the carriage.
Update at 8:07 a.m. ET
The prayers are done. The final hymn, “Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer,” has been sung. The Dean of Windsor led the final blessing.
Members of the royal family moved to the North Quire Aisle to sign the registers as the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the orchestra played. Kanneh-Mason, who is 19 years old, was the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 2016. He was the first black musician to win the award.
I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. I was bowled over when Ms Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes!!! What a privilege. I can’t wait! https://t.co/TU0lyKloCD
— Sheku Kanneh-Mason (@ShekuKM) April 24, 2018
The whole church, save for perhaps the queen herself, sang the national anthem. It, of course, features that famous refrain “God save The Queen.”
The newly married royals processed out of the west door of St. George’s Chapel and stopped for a kiss.
Update at 7:45 a.m. ET
Harry and Meghan are officially man and wife – and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry of Chicago, the first African-American leader of the Episcopal Church, spoke about the power of selfless, sacrificial love.
“There’s a certain sense in which when you are in love and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show it, it actually feels right. There’s something right about it.”
“We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.” #MLK #RoyalWedding
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) May 19, 2018
Curry quoted Martin Luther King Jr.: “We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world.”
The speech was idealistic – at one point, Curry said that on the day when love had become the way of the world, there would be no more poverty. It was perhaps a fitting statement for the future Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have both committed themselves to humanitarian and anti-poverty work.
After the sermon, Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir sang “Stand By Me,” the song originally performed by the African-American singer Ben E. King.
Update at 7:18 a.m. ET
The Lady Jane Fellowes, the sister of the late Princess Diana, gave a reading from the Song of Solomon.
“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.”
Prince Harry was just 12 when his mother, Diana, was killed in a car accident in 1997.
Update at 7:12 a.m. ET
Details on Meghan Markle’s dress have been released. It was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, who last year became the first women to serve as artistic director at Givenchy.
It’s also important at this time, as the opening hymn has been sung and Markle’s veil has been taken down, to make sure you’ve looked at the hat worn by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Update at 7:02 a.m. ET
Prince Harry and Prince William are seated near the altar. Harry has been joking with the crowd, but he appears appropriately nervous.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have arrived. The queen looks wonderful in a bright lime suit. Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Camilla, have arrived, too. Markle’s father will not be attending the ceremony because of his health, according to a statement from Markle. Charles will walk Markle down the aisle.
A group of incredibly cute children will serve as bridesmaids and page boys at the wedding. They have arrived, too.
And now, we’ve finally seen the full dress. The ivory dress is simple and elegant. There are stunning details on her veil and the train. Markle is walking down the aisle.
Update at 6:42 a.m. ET
The queen has given her official consent. About 2,640 attendees are gathering on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Tennis star Serena Williams has arrived. And in less than an hour, the ceremony will begin.
Early Saturday morning, the official Order of Service was released. The service will follow Common Worship, the official series of services associated with the Church of England. The song that will end the procession of the bride and groom will be the Etta James recording of “Amen (This little light of mine.)”
We’ve just spotted Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, in a car on their way to the chapel. Markle is wearing a veil, and her white dress appears to have long sleeves, with a slightly off-the-shoulder cut. That’s all NPR can reliably report for now.
Harry has arrived with his brother and best man, William, Duke of Cambridge. He and William are dressed in military clothing – they both served in the British Army. They were greeted by cheers outside St. George’s Chapel. The two men removed their gloves and hats before proceeding into the chapel.
Harry’s hair looks more kept than usual, but no, he did not go for the full clean-shaven look, as some predicted. According to the official Kensington Palace update, Her Majesty The Queen gave Prince Harry, whose new royal title will be Duke of Sussex, permission to get married in the uniform. It is the frock coat uniform of the Blues and Royals.
Update at 6:00 a.m. ET
The royal wedding of Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, will take place on Saturday at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle at 7 a.m. ET (noon local time).
Members of the royal family are expected to arrive starting at 6:20 a.m. ET (11:20 a.m. local time). Harry is scheduled to make his entrance with his brother Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at 6:45 a.m., followed by their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. Just at the stroke of 7 a.m., the bride, Markle is set to arrive with her mother, Doria Ragland.
Dean of Windsor, the Right Rev. David Conner, will conduct the service and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will officiate.