Meghan Markle will visit father in the US after honeymoon
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expected to visit her father after their honeymoon. The 36-year-old actress was left devastated at the weekend when her dad Thomas Markle was unable to walk her down her aisle or be there in person when she became Prince Harry's official wife because he had to undergo heart surgery in the US.
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daughter down the aisle as he breaks his silence and says he is 'delighted' she is marrying Prince Thomas Markle tracked down in Mexico and asked about his daughter's wedding He said he would 'love' to walk Meghan down the aisle when she is married
It's the first time Meghan 's father has spoken about the engagement.
Meghan Markle has spoken out about the family drama that has threatened to overshadow the royal wedding — and has said once and for all that her father won't be coming.
In an official statement distributed by Kensington Palace on Thursday morning, Markle said that her father, Thomas, needs to "be given space".
It follows a dramatic week in which Markle's father pulled out of the wedding after being exposed selling photographs to paparazzi as part of the media frenzy around the ceremony.
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MEGHAN Markle ’s family drama has all the makings of an episode of Jerry Springer. The former Suits star’s dysfunctional relatives have no doubt been causing her some headaches since she became Prince Harry’s fiancee - especially as their May 19 wedding draws close.
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He later changed his mind, then changed his mind again, in the space of only a few hours.
His plans were communicated to the world via gossipy interviews with the celebrity website TMZ, a marked departue from the well-managed way in which everything else about the wedding has been announced.
The statement from Markle is the first definitive move by the palace to close down the speculation, which was undeniably an embarrasment for the royal family.
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On November 27, 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the happy news of their engagement to the world.
While the two have kept their relationship relatively private, they've revealed a few details about their upcoming royal wedding since then.
Here's the Whopping Number of People Who Watched the Royal Wedding
Numbers are approaching the millions of viewers who tuned in to watch Prince Harry's brother, Prince William, marry Kate Middleton in 2011.A whopping 22.4 million U.S. viewers across six major networks tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say "I do" at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England, despite its very early start time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The event began at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT.
There’s no doubt that Meghan Markle has a lot on her mind leading up to her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry. But what the former Suits star couldn’ t have expected is the family drama she ’s contended with in the last few weeks.
The Suits star's half-brother, Thomas Markle , who has the same father as Meghan – also called Thomas Markle – described claims by his sister, Samantha Grant, that Meghan had abandoned her own family in her ambitious quest for fame as simply untrue.
Below, we've rounded up everything we know about their wedding so far, including where it'll take place, what Markle might wear, and who'll probably be invited.
Harry and Markle will get married on May 19, 2018.
Kensington Palace announced the news on December 15, 2017, in a statement on Twitter.
The couple may have chosen their spring wedding date for an emotional reason.
Royals expert Kate Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight in 2017 that Harry chose the date in honor of his 96-year-old grandfather, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"He's incredibly close to his grandfather," Nicholl explained. "Harry thought it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy."
Harry and Markle reportedly want a small, intimate wedding.
"[Harry] didn't want to have such a big royal wedding at Westminster Abbey - it doesn't need to be as big as Prince William's wedding," Nicholl told ET. "I think Harry and Meghan were both united on the idea of having a small, family, intimate wedding."
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It was the first time she has been seen since Prince Harry dissed Markle 's relatives by stating the royals are 'the family [ Meghan ] never had '. In the wake of that comment, Meghan 's half-sister Samantha took to Twitter and promoted her upcoming memoir.
The wedding service will start at noon in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
According to Nicholl, Windsor Castle is a "really special place to Prince Harry." The royals expert explained to ET: "He spent a lot of childhood there, went to school there, [and] it's where he spends a lot of time as an adult with his grandmother."
The service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor and officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the royal family announced in February.
According to The Daily Telegraph, around 600 guests were invited to Harry and Markle's service - although it's not yet clear how many will attend. In comparison, 1,900 guests attended Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011, and 3,500 guests attended Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's wedding in 1981.
After the wedding service, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will ride through Windsor at 1 p.m. in a carriage procession.
After the procession, there will be a lunchtime reception at St. George's Hall for guests who attended the service, hosted by the Queen. The Prince of Wales, Harry's dad, will host a private reception for 200 select guests at Frogmore House later that evening.
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The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is more than likely to be crowned the television event of the weekend. With the ceremony just hours away, several networks have already aired anticipatory programming, from last month’s CBS documentary “Meghan Markle: American Princess” to Friday’s TLC documentary “Secrets of the Royal Wedding.” But the main TV spectacular will be shown live from Windsor Castle Saturday through various broadcast and streaming platforms.Broadcast networks set to air the wedding in real time include BBC America, ABC, TLC, PBS, Fox News, and HBO.
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The couple sent out invitations to their wedding in late March 2018.
The invitations, made by London-based printing company Barnard Westwood, featured two special details. First, they were printed with American black-and-gold ink on English card stock, an apparent nod to Markle and Harry's roots and a symbol of their union. And second, Markle was referred to as "Ms." instead of "Miss" on the invitation - which royal experts noted is the correct way to address a woman who has been divorced, according to proper etiquette.
Markle has dropped hints about her ideal wedding gown.
"It's not my personal style," the actress said about her character's wedding dress on "Suits." "I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic," she revealed in an interview with Glamour in 2016.
The soon-to-be royal also described her style as "classic and simple" with a modern twist. "Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty," Markle told Glamour. "And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs."
The actress particularly loves Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's iconic wedding dress.
When Glamour asked her if she had a favorite celebrity wedding dress, the actress replied: "Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. Everything goals."
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She said that while she herself hadn' t seen the royal bride-to-be in some 20 years, the family still has a close relationship with her father, Thomas Markle , who she said was 'sure' to give Meghan away when she marries Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19.
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Markle found the couple's engagement, and wedding, photographer on Instagram.
Speaking to E! News in April 2018, photographer Alexi Lubomirski revealed how Markle chose him to snap the couple's stunning engagement photos at Frogmore House in Windsor, England.
Lubomirski, a prominent fashion and celebrity photographer, said one of Markle's friends saw on Instagram that he was in England when Harry and the "Suits" star announced their engagement. The friend then suggested to Markle, "You should meet Alexi. He's great. You'd love him," Lubomirski told E! News.
On April 13, a press release from Kensington Palace, shared by the photographer on Instagram, confirmed Lubomirski as the royal wedding phtoographer. According to the press release, he will take the official photos at Windsor Castle after the wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel.
"I could not be more thrilled or honoured to photograph this historic occasion," Lubomirski is quoted saying in the press release. "Having taken Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's engagement photos, it brings me such joy to be able to witness again, the next chapter in this wonderful love story."
Prince William will be Harry's best man.
British royal weddings typically do not include a best man - only "supporters," royals expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country. But in 2011, Prince William famously broke royal protocol when he made Prince Harry his best man.
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For his own wedding, Prince Harry will follow suit. Kensington Palance announced in April 2018 that Harry had officially asked his older brother to be his best man. "The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother," Kensington Palace said in a tweet.
Markle will have several bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Typically, royal brides do not have adult bridesmaids, Koenig told Town & Country. Instead, they are usually accompanied by children. "It would be unusual for a royal bride to have a woman in her late 30s as a maid or matron of honor," the royals expert said.
Markle will follow this royal tradition at her wedding. According to Kensington Palace, the "Suits" star will have six bridesmaids and four page boys, all under 10 years old, in her bridal party. That includes Prince William and Kate Middleton's two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who will be a page boy and bridesmaid, respectively, in the ceremony.
Markle's bridal party will also include the children of her close friends, TV host Ben Mulroney and stylist Jessica Mulroney: Ivy Mulroney, 4, as a bridesmaid; and Brian and John Mulroney, both 7, as page boys. You can see a full list of Markle's bridesmaids and page boys here.
It's not clear yet whether Prince William and Kate Middleton's newborn son, Prince Louis, will make an appearance at Markle and Harry's wedding.
Markle won't have a maid of honor.
The "Suits" star decided not to have a maid of honor to avoid choosing one friend over another, People reported in May 2018.
"She has a very close-knit circle of friends," a palace spokesman told People. "All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She's very happy to have their support."
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Markle's mom will play a special role in the wedding.
Markle's dad reportedly decided to drop out of the wedding a week before it's scheduled to take place.
Kensington Palace confirmed in early May 2018 that Markle's father, a former Hollywood lighting director, would walk her down the aisle of St. George's Chapel. But five days before Markle and Harry's May 19 wedding, Thomas reportedly decided to drop out of the ceremony.
Markle's father told TMZ on May 14 that he had suffered a heart attack six days prior but checked himself out of the hospital so he could attend his daughter's wedding. However, after admitting that he accepted money to pose for staged paparazzi photos, Thomas reportedly pulled out of the wedding because he didn't want to "embarrass the royal family or his daughter."
Markle and Harry have yet to address Thomas' comments to TMZ, but a spokesman for Kensington Palace acknowledged the rumors in a statement to Sky News. "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding," the spokesman said. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation."
Thomas then reportedly had a change of heart — but now says he cannot attend the wedding because of a scheduled surgery.
A day after Thomas told TMZ that he decided to drop out of his daughter's wedding, he reportedly changed his mind again. The former lighting director told TMZ on May 15 that he hoped to attend the royal occasion and walk Markle down the aisle.
However, as TMZ reported later that day, Thomas now reportedly cannot fly to the UK in time for the wedding because of a scheduled heart surgery on the morning of May 16.
Markle's co-stars on "Suits" might make the guest list for her wedding.
Staff members at Windsor Castle have reportedly been encouraged to watch "Suits" before the royal wedding next spring. Historian Hugo Vickers, who is Captain of the Lay Stewards, told the Daily Mail in 2017: "I've told the Stewards to get Netflix and watch "Suits," so they know who everyone is at the wedding."
Other likely guests include various foreign dignitaries and royal family members.
Royal family members like Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank will likely be at Harry and Markle's wedding, according to the Associated Press.
And since Prince William invited various royals, dignitaries, politicians, religious figures, and military officers from all over the world to his 2011 wedding, it's likely that Harry will have to do the same.
The Queen might not attend the wedding ceremony for a particular reason.
While the Queen was one of the first to congratulate Harry and Markle on their upcoming wedding, she may be absent during the actual ceremony on the big day.
As Bobbie Edsor of Business Insider UK wrote, the Queen is the head of the Church of England, which believes marriage is for life. In other words, Queen Elizabeth "may feel uncomfortable witnessing a divorcee's marriage." In fact, when her son Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, the Queen skipped the wedding ceremony. She did, however, attend the couple's reception.
The Spice Girls will reportedly attend Harry and Markle's wedding.
During an appearance in February 2018 on the talk show, "The Real," Mel B revealed that the Spice Girls will be going to Harry and Markle's wedding.
According to the Daily Mail, when the singer was asked if she knows anyone who is going to the royal wedding, Mel B nodded and mouthed: "Yeah, I'm going. I don't know if I should have said that."
And when she was asked if she knows anyone else who will be in attendance, she said, "Well, us five Spice Girls." Mel B was also asked if the Spice Girls will perform at the wedding, but the singer neither confirmed nor denied the possibility, according to People.
Markle reportedly had a small bridal shower in March 2018.
Markus Anderson, one of Markle's close friends, helped throw the intimate event for the "Suits" star, an anonymous source told E! News. Many have speculated that Anderson, a Toronto-based consultant for Soho House, introduced Markle to Prince Harry, the Daily Mail reported.
According to E! News, Markle was joined by a "small group" of friends including Lindsay Jill Roth and Heather Dorak. The guest list also included designer Misha Nonoo and Violet von Westenholz, The Times reported. One of Harry's childhood friends, von Westenholz has also been said to have introduced the Prince to Markle.
Markle's shower was held during the first weekend of March in Oxfordshire, UK, according to E! News' source. The event was reportedly hosted at the Soho Farmhouse - a private members' club with spas, tennis courts, and other amenities - where Markle and her friends enjoyed a "relaxing day of good food and pampering."
Harry and Markle will enjoy a modern, seasonal wedding cake.
In lieu of a fruitcake, the traditional choice for British royal weddings, Harry and Markle chose a lemon elderflower cake covered with buttercream and fresh flowers. Guests at the wedding can expect the cake to "incorporate the bright flavors of spring," Kensington Palace announced in a tweet in March 2018.
The cake will be made by California-raised pastry chef Claire Ptak, who Markle previously interviewed for her now-defunct lifestyle website, The Tig. Now based in East London, Ptak owns a bakery called Violet Cakes.
Ptak, who is also a food writer and recipe developer, makes all her cakes with organic flour, sugar, milk, and eggs. Other ingredients featured in her cakes, like Madagascan vanilla pods or pure cane molasses, are also organic. The pastry chef frequently incorporates fresh flowers into her designs, giving her cakes a romantic, seasonal touch.
The couple will reportedly have a standing lunchtime wedding reception.
Typically, wedding receptions have seating plans and formal, sit-down meals. But according to The Daily Telegraph, Harry and Markle will have a standing lunchtime reception at St. George's Hall following their wedding service. That means guests will be free to move around and socialize.
Guests at the couple's lunchtime reception will reportedly be served "bowl food."
According to the The Daily Telegraph, Harry and Markle will serve small dishes at their lunchtime wedding reception instead of having a fine dining menu with pre-set courses. These dishes will reportedly be small enough that guests can pick them up and carry them around in a bowl. According to Kensington Palace, the food will be made from the "freshest produce available."
The royal couple will reportedly have food trucks at their late-night reception at Frogmore House.
An unnamed palace source told the Sunday Express that ice cream trucks will serve dessert late at night during Harry and Markle's private reception at Frogmore House.
The couple will pay tribute to Harry's late mom, Princess Diana, with the floral arrangements at their wedding.
The couple chose floral designer Philippa Craddock to create the flower displays at their wedding, Kensington Palace announced in March 2018. Craddock and her team will use "locally sourced foliage" and seasonal flowers and plants that bloom naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves.
Following Kensington Palace's announcement, royal experts noted the significance of the couple's choice to include white garden roses: The flower was featured prominently in Princess Diana's wedding bouquet in 1981.
Markle has also previously expressed her desire to honor Harry's late mom on her wedding day. In a post-engagement interview in 2017, the "Suits" star told BBC that it's "so important" for her to know that Princess Diana will be a part of their wedding with them.
Cellist prodigy Sheku Kanneh-Mason will perform during the ceremony at St. George's Chapel.
According to a statement by Kensington Palace, Markle personally called Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old student at the Royal Academy of Music, to ask if he would play at their wedding. The couple approached the cellist prodigy after Harry saw him play at a charity event in London in June 2017.
Following Kensington Palace's announcement, Kanneh-Mason took to Twitter to express his excitement and called it a "privilege" to play at Markle and Harry'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," he wrote. "I can't wait!"
The wedding service will also include several well-known hymns and choral works.
In addition to Kanneh-Mason, the ceremony at St. George's Chapel will feature performances by the following soloists, musicians, and choir groups: Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas; trumpeter David Blackadder; The Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green and made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia; The Choir of St George's Chapel; and The Kingdom Choir, a Christian gospel group that was founded and directed by conductor Karen Gibson.
All of the service's music will be directed by James Vivian, the director of music at St. George's Chapel.
American bishop Michael Bruce Curry will deliver a wedding address.
According to Kensington Palace, Prince Harry and Markle asked the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, to give the address at their wedding. The couple's decision to invite an American bishop breaks from tradition, as royal wedding addresses are typically given by senior clergy from the Church of England.
Following Kensington Palace's announcement, Bishop Curry said in a statement: "The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness. And so we celebrate and pray for them today."
The Most Reverend will travel from Chicago, Illinois, to the UK to take part in the couple's service.
Marke and Harry will reportedly stay at separate hotels the night before their wedding.
According to Kensington Palace, as Reuters reported, Harry and Prince William will stay at Coworth Park in Ascot, UK. Markle and her mother will stay at Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire, UK.
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George Clooney danced with Meghan Markle at her wedding reception .
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