Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding will be in May, at Windsor Castle

Harry Meghan engagement

Ah, I step away to work on something else for two seconds and all hell breaks loose! Okay, a bunch of announcements were made regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, their wedding and their future plans and all of that. Even though the Archbishop of Canterbury “cleared” them for marrying at Westminster Abbey months ago, it turns out that Meghan and Harry don’t want that. They’ll be marrying at Windsor Castle. IN MAY!!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May, it has been announced, as is it was revealed they are planning the wedding themselves.

It was also revealed on Tuesday afternoon that Prince Harry and Ms Markle will carry out their first public engagement together at an Aids charity in Nottingham on Friday. The month chosen for the nuptials, which will be paid for by the Royal family, means the couple will avoid clashing with several high-profile events in April.

The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her third child in April and the Queen will also be busy with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which is being hosted in London and Windsor in mid-April.

St George’s Chapel is a smaller venue for the church wedding than Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed, or St Paul’s Cathedral, where Harry’s parents married.

[From The Telegraph]

Prince Charles married Camilla at the same chapel at Windsor Castle and I actually loved the “chapel” venue a lot. It feels a lot more open than Westminster and some of the other London options. I’m slightly disappointed that the wedding won’t be sooner – while a “March wedding” sounded drab and grey, it would have livened things up a lot faster. Now we have to wait until May! Please don’t schedule it as the same day as the Met Gala!

Also: Meghan is apparently planning on becoming a British citizen. Good!

Update: Oh, and the wedding will almost definitely be televised, because of course. I don’t think it was ever really a serious option that they would refuse to televise it. Other details: Meghan will be confirmed/baptized in the Church of England, she will study and apply to become a British citizen after the wedding, and the royal family is paying for the wedding (which, obviously).

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  1. Merry Girl says:

    Lovely choice of venue, much more intimate and they get to put their personal stamp on their day…..hooray!

    • Peeking in says:

      I wonder if Meghan will do the calligraphy on her wedding invitations herself. She did the invitations for Robin Thick and Paula Patton, so she’s capable.

    • Megan says:

      Perfect for a fairy tale wedding. I hope she wears a big princess dress.

      • spidey says:

        Oh, I do hope not, I was so disappointed with Diana’s which swamped her and was crumpled.

        I would like to see her in a fairly simply, very elegant design.

      • Carmen says:

        Me too. Poor Diana’s dress was a disaster. She looked like she was drowning in a tidal wave of whipped cream. Meghan would be stunning in something elegant and understated, like Pippa’s bridesmaid dress.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Hilary Mantel (in the much-bashed Royal Bodies speech) wrote eloquently about Diana’s dress.

        “When Diana drove to St Paul’s she was a blur of virginal white behind glass. The public was waiting to see the dress, but this was more than a fashion moment. An everyday sort of girl had been squashed into the coach, but a goddess came out. She didn’t get out of the coach in any ordinary way: she hatched. The extraordinary dress came first, like a flow of liquid, like ectoplasm emerging from the orifices of a medium. It was a long moment before she solidified. Indeed the coach was a medium, a method of conveyance and communication between two spheres, the private and the public, the common and the royal. The dress’s first effect was dismaying. I could hear a nation of women catching their breath as one, not in awe but in horror: it’s creased to glory, how did they let that happen? I heard the squeak as a million ironing-boards unfolded, a sigh and shudder as a collective nightmare came true: that dream we all have, that we are incorrectly dressed or not dressed at all, that we are naked in the street. But as the dress resolved about her, the princess was born and the world breathed out.”

      • Liberty says:

        Nota, that’s brilliant. Thank you for sharing it.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Thanks, Notasugar, I’d never seen that before, and as a piece of writing it’s quite…eventful! Enjoyed it a lot — thanks for sharing.

      • Royalsparkle says:

        Huge Princess Di like dress.

        Ms Vine at her wonderful speak again – Princess Henru Sparkle ‘did’nt wait to become royal broad mare’) -

      • LAK says:

        Nota: as a 5yr old watching that moment, after spending the week with fairytales centred on princesses as our reading matetrial, the way Mantel describes Diana emerging from the coach is how i remember feeling. I still remember the awe i felt. And the never ending train that required she walk to the very top of the stairs of St Pauls before entire train emerged from the carriage…….my 5yr old self still squeals at the joy of it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        One of my favorite photos from that day remains the one where the wind catches her veil as she’s headed up the stairs and she turns back to look over her shoulder.

      • Elskar says:

        I didn’t like Kates dress, it was stiff and pine cone bullet bra looked weird. I found Kates dress a cardboard DULL imitation of a much better truly beautiful dress Grace Kelly’s.
        IMO Diana was one of the most beautiful brudesvenn. Dianas dress was gorgeous and perfect for her, and perfect for the setting, and a innocent , young Bride. I loved Diana’s dress and there is a reason it was copied by bride’s into the late 80′s and early 90′s. Because it was liked. Just look at old TV shows ,magazines from 1981 to 1990 Dianas wedding dress style was copies and loved by bride’s the world over.

        Now for Megan, being in her 30′s and more mature, I believe that Meghan will go more sophisticated sleek, a more fitted, dress. Megan tends to go for simple, clean straight lines that fit closer to her body. Whatever she wears she’ll look stunning.

      • Elskar says:

        Typo or translate skipped to another language lol

        Brudsvenn …popped up for some reason…..but I I meant Diana was one of the most Beautiful brides ….

  2. AV says:

    There will be peonies everywhere and I can’t wait. <3 Future Duchess of Sussex. I hope she wears a juicy tiara.

  3. Llamas says:

    I’m pretty sure she’s supposed to do her first royal engagement on Friday. I’m excited. It’s been a day since the announcement and she’s already got work!

  4. Lizzie says:

    Windsor Castle is so so beautiful. If you are ever in the UK I highly recommend touring it. Almost all of it is open to the public for viewing.

  5. Meg says:

    How could she have married at Westminster when she’s divorced? And I don’t want to wait until May, but at least they’ll do royal events together right away. I think Meghan will do really well with her experience with charity work and obviously being in front of the camera-shy it’ll be nice to see her do well representing the royals-itll make them look good and I fear highlight Kate’s flaws in that department. Hopefully that’ll make her step up but I fear it’ll only make her and William resentful

  6. Lala says:

    As a little girl I trolled Diana and Charles as much as I could…stayed home from school to see their wedding…fell in love with her as she grew into her own…and ached for her heartache and demise…Yes, I was a Diana Stan…and YES..I am stanning for this…BIG TIME!

  7. Nene's Wig says:

    Um, they better not steal my thunder!!! I’m getting married on May 6th :D

    But seriously, it would be cool to share my wedding day with some royals!

    • BrandyAlexander says:

      They seem to get married on Friday’s don’t they? I remember William & Kate did because I was traveling for a friend’s wedding and I literally rolled into my hotel from the bars (and it was definitely a Thursday night), turned on the tv and it was just about to start.

      On a funny side note – every bridesmaid was exhausted at the rehearsal and dinner because they did watch parties. The bride was pretty happy that the royal wedding was NOT on Saturday for that reason, though she did have a pretty good sense of humor about it.

    • L84Tea says:

      I share a wedding day with Peter and Autumn Phillips (Princess Ann’s son), the same year and everything–05/17/08. I get kind of a kick out of knowing that the Queen and everyone else was attending a wedding at the same exact time that mine was taking place. That was the wedding where Kate met the Queen for the very first time. :-)

  8. Digitial Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Windsor is BEAUTIFUL. I love St George’s chapel, it’s the burial place for the Who’s Who of British Royalty (Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV, Henry VI, Charles I- to name but a few)

    Am impressed that they are doing a joint engagement already, Waity waited until she’d been married for a few weeks before she did any public engagements.

    People won’t be able to help but make comparisions esp when it’s becoming clear that they are going to do their own thing, regardless of how it makes others look. Meghan really does seem ‘keen’.

    • LAK says:

      Kate did a few engagements during her engagement period.

      If i recall, she managed 4-5. It’s at one of them that a fan confronted her about her weight loss to which she replied, ‘ it’s part of the plan!’

      • Digitial Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Really? Guess they made an impression – LOL. The only things i recall from the engagement period is the press and drama surrounding the moods boards, diet, hair extentions etc..

      • LAK says:

        I remember them because of the 180 that happened after the wedding.

        During those engagements she was herself as glimpsed in the GF period, not overly made up, not dressed to the nines. She seemed to enjoy meeting people, was happy and excited and very engaged with everyone. Very charming. Definitely not the hesitant, insecure, robot that emerged post-wedding.

    • Sixer says:

      It is lovely. And small! So likely no Trump nor Obama.

      Apparently, they want to involve members of the public too – I’m predicting injured or ex servicemen and women. That would fit.

    • Ollie says:

      That’s not true. Kate also did engagements before the wedding. Flipping pancakes in Northeim Ireland etc.
      The Palace introduces new members with a few events before the big wedding day.

    • perplexed says:

      Who knows how they’ll behave in the future, but Meghan did seem at her more interesting (almost like a politician) when she was talking about getting on the ground and doing charity work. I got the vibe she’s serious about it.

      I actually thought the gushy/romantic parts of the interview were annoying (but maybe couples in love make me feel awkward watching them), but when she talked about mis-truths and the humanitarian stuff, I felt she was an interesting person to watch.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if she does more, although I also wouldn’t be surprised if the set Harry and William hang around are also kind of boring. I don’t think it’s the actual charity work would turn a lot of women off, but rather the people these dudes have to hang around with.

    • PettyRiperton says:

      Pre-marriage folks thought W & K was going to be this hard working duo see what happened there. Harry doesn’t do much now to give hope he will step up now that he has a official lady.

  9. Vicsy says:

    It’s amazing that she’s already going on an AIDS engagement with Harry in a few days. Give us more Meghan, let her do some good!

  10. Nicole says:

    Called it. March would’ve still be slightly cold and kate would be 8 months pregnant. And as much as people like to think that they all hate each other I don’t doubt Harry and Meghan considered this in planning. Which is nice of them

  11. AG-UK says:

    She can get UK citizenship right away they say no waiting for 4 years like the plebs.. .and will be baptized ?? Will probably be mid May as it won’t clash with any Bank Holiday.

  12. Loopy says:

    Heard the Queen won’t attend because she is a divorcee,that’s why she also skipped “Charles and Camilla.

  13. HoustonGrl says:

    After their twee interview and super awkward photo call, I’m not on board with this quickie marriage. I think they should have dated at least another year before getting engaged.

  14. Zondie says:

    I can’t wait for this wedding and to see Meghan’s gown!! What do you think it will be like? Straight or puffy? White or ivory? Lace or satin? Veil or Juliet cap? So many warm emotions!!!!

  15. Citresse says:

    I heard the comments from Kate about the engagement. She doesn’t seem thrilled. She’s no longer the focus of attention, especially now she can’t joke and flirt with Harry…ugh it was so annoying. And she knows the press will do the comparison and Kate will be the frump.

    • Digitial Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Once the press start with the comparisions Katie Keen will up her game both with public appearances and fashion. It’ll be fun from a gossip PoV.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        But that is awful… they will be family… the public shouldn’t be creating division between them.

      • Digitial Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        It is but Katie Keen has never been good when she’s been compared to other woman – just look at how she and her family used the Fail to tear down Chelsy when they were being compared. They ran many stories about how Kate was a serious student always down the library and Chelsy was a party girl – the reality was the opposite was true. Chelsy was the serious student and Kate was the party girl who could drink William under the table.

        It happened with Diana and Sarah Fergusson and it will happen with these 2.

      • L84Tea says:

        It sounds petty, but I do hope this forces Kate to up her fashion game. Kate has the potential to be such a knockout and I would love to see her actually do it right. It’s no fun at all to see royals in frumpy clothes. Look at Princess Mary of Denmark and Queen Maxima–those ladies always look amazing and rarely look drab. Kate is a beautiful woman but it’s like she’s determined to look like a school marm at every turn.

    • spidey says:

      @ citresse Would anything she said have been ok?

    • PettyRiperton says:

      She won’t step it up unless Willy allows her to so. She won’t do it without his blessing out of fear of outshining him. Willy’s ego like Chuck’s was in the 80s is big and fragile.

      • jetlagged says:

        I really hope both she and Harry ignore that particular rule and go crazy with the appearances and the charity sponsorships. I know it’s not the reality, but until Charles is King and William is officially next in line, he and his wife and children should simply be considered Windsor offspring with no special status within the family. He can’t say they want as normal a life as possible and still play the succession card when it suits him. Besides, I get the sense that Wills really wouldn’t mind being outshone, at least for now, it would mean less responsibility for him.

      • Mel says:

        Why should she “step it up”? I should think she wears what SHE wants to wear.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Camilla’s comments were lovely.

      “absolutely thrilled”

      “It’s brilliant!”

      “America’s loss is our gain. We are absolutely delighted. As you can see, they’re so happy. Sometimes in a climate where we’re surrounded by a lot of bad news, it’s a real joy to have a bit of good news for once.”

    • Starlight says:

      I am wondering if Kate might begin to become more popular after this all settles down. I am scratching my head over Meghan saying she didn’t know anything about Harry before she met him but she was photographed outside Buckingham Palace with a friend on holiday in 96 she must have had some knowledge and certainly some interest in the royals. I liked her coat on the engagement as it was from a small designer and not high street then the papers said it was one of her designer friends. What is that all about? In the Engagement interview she was very confident. articulate, a very good thing but Harry couldn’t get a word in without her trying to take over. Now I read her extended family are coming to the wedding even if not invited.

      • whatever says:

        @Starlight – Yes I agree with you I think Kate’s popularity will increase once Meghan-feaver settles down. Much in the way that Meghan gained greater sympathy and support after all the racial comments she received, I think Kate will receive sympathy and support from people absolutely fed up with her being ripped apart for every little thing.

        I also think that in the next few years people will really come to appreciate Kate’s ‘quietness’ if they didn’t already.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      Workshy Wills is in on it too, apparently. Why can he never just be happy for his brother? Harry has never been vicious about Will’s announcements. He’s always come across as supportive.

      ITV Royal News editor Chris Ship was on Twitter, saying “Prince William on Harry’s #royalwedding: “Personally, I hope it means he stays out of my fridge and will stop him scrounging my food which he’s done for the last few years” ”

      I read this and my first reaction was to burst out loud with “what a sniping little toerag”.
      I got some eyebrows and sideeyes from Yoga mums in the cafe…

  16. yanni says:

    A royal reporter just posted on Twitter that Markle left one of her dogs behind in Canada.

  17. perplexed says:

    If anybody would be upset about Harry marrying Meghan, I feel that would be Pippa, not Kate. Kate will always be married to the future heir to throne and mother to the heir and the spare. Her fame is solid. It’s untouchable at this point, no matter how less hard-working she might be. If people are upset with her about being lazy, all she has to do is throw in more engagements and people will be happy again.

    It’s Pippa that no one is going to care about from now on (if anyone ever did in the first place). She’ll have to work for her fame in the way that neither Kate nor Meghan has to.

    • Maria says:

      I think Pippa has it way easier than her sister. She is hardly papped anymore and can do whatever she wants.

      • perplexed says:

        I definitely think Pippa has the easier life. Perhaps even the more preferable one. But people are talking about attention and whether Kate is upset about Meghan changing the balance, and I feel neither Kate nor Meghan have to work hard to get attention by virtue of who they’re married to. Both will always have attention when they want it and need it (for whatever reason — validation?)

        Pippa will now be completely erased from the media, and at some point attention seemed like something she wasn’t averse to having or wanting. Or maybe Pippa is completely happy with the way things are right now. But my overall point is that neither Kate nor Meghan has to actually worry about losing attention. As long as they’re married to William and Harry, they’ll have it. The only way I could see the wives of William and Harry not having attention is if they were super ugly or something, and that’s clearly not the case for either of them.

    • Princessk says:

      The truth is there was never any attraction between Harry and Pippa, it was all fabricated by the media to sell papers. Pippa is an irrelevance and only tried to cash in on her sister’s fame but was firmly slapped down. She tried to bag a posh or titled boy but failed and had to settle for her present husband who she had rejected in the past, but it was important for her to marry money.

      I do remember when William started going out with Kate people said that her sister would have been the better choice because she was more vivacious and out going and probably better suited to royal duties.

      • perplexed says:

        To clarify (just in case), I wasn’t talking about a romance between Harry and Pippa. I’m simply talking about attention. Pippa got a lot of attention after William’s wedding, and clearly that can never be a permanent thing in her case. She’d have to hustle to maintain it. For both Kate and Meghan, they don’t have to hustle to keep the focus on them. They have to do their JOBS and duty (whatever that means when you’re not married to Charles), but they don’t have to hustle to keep people interested in them.

        To be fair, maybe Pippa doesn’t care about attention as much as we think she does. But during her wedding, it did seem like she had to hustle to maintain interest in her nuptials, and neither Kate nor Meghan have to cry in their cornflakes that no one will be interested in whatever next event they’re participating in.

  18. Donna says:

    Showing my age here – I’ve watched every televised BRF wedding since 1971. Meghan will be a beautiful bride. Can’t wait to see the dress.

  19. Va Va Kaboom says:

    Isn’t photography restricted within St George’s Chapel?

  20. JA says:

    I was married in May of this year and just checked… doubt they would get married on the 13th my anniversary, a Sunday in 2018. Ahhhhh wanted to hit up London for a anniversary trip next year… probably will wait til June. May is gonna be Cray over there!!!

  21. Lucy says:

    And to think last week we were all like “Sure, Jan” whenever any news outlet announced their imminent engagement…so exciting and fun!!

  22. PettyRiperton says:

    Welp no balcony kiss. Aww Harry’s getting married the same place his parents chuck and cam got married that’s sweet.
    Since Harry and Meghan isn’t allowed to pick the actual date of their wedding. I wonder what date Kate will choose?

  23. perplexed says:

    Will Meghan and Harry set up a separate office now? I was curious as to how the Kensington Palace twitter account would work once they’re married.

  24. Grinling Gibbons says:

    I’m happy for them, and wish them no ill will, but I cannot BELIEVE that she is just being given British citizenship — poof! — without having to go through any due process. As an American ex-pat who has struggled through years of applications and paid thousands upon thousands of dollars/pounds in fees just to be able to live with my British husband, I am furious! This also seems like horrible timing to announce her “special permission” PR-wise, as the right to live in this country is being seriously threatened for thousands of Europeans who are unsure of their rights to remain in the country with Brexit looming. I guess that’s one of the privileges of being part of an archaic royal family in this day and age, but it seems mightily unfair for the thousands of “normal” people who have to struggle down the normal citizenship track, with all the worry, stress and money that entails —us mere mortals who don’t have a magic QE wand waved for us! Harrumph.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Has that been confirmed anywhere or just speculated? It doesn’t make sense to me and my preference would be she does her time and earns it.

      Other royal brides have been handed their citizenship. Mary in Denmark (and likely Marie, Alexandra, Henrik in Denmark). Stephanie in Lux. They were going to do that with Maxima, but you cannot legally give up Argentine citizenship so she remains Argentinian.

    • Jessica says:

      The BRF typically don’t have foreign spouses but that’s how it’s been happening in other royal families; Parliament will pass a law the day before she marries giving her citizenship. The Royal Family isn’t like everyone else; that’s the whole point.

      It looks like she will retain American citizenship and automatically granted British citizenship.

  25. JRenee says:

    Oh my, who isn’t here for the tiara’s? So many beautiful pieces in the Queens personal collection. Is it protocol to have one commissioned for her?
    Wishing them the best!

  26. spidey says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how much some posters seem to know about what certain royals want, feel, hate! They must be mind readers.

  27. You Are Not Your Selfie says:

    i think it’s time a black family got to play the Royal Family. This privilged white family have had the gig for long enough.

  28. Citresse says:

    TMZ, (second page) posted some video from the engagement interview, ie- some clips recorded after the interview was over. Harry and Meghan being quite playful with each other.

  29. Wo says:

    It amazes me that so many women think it’s great that she is giving up her entire life for a guy, even her citizenship. And British citizenship will be worthless once brexit happens, so good luck with that .

    The commonwealth games are in April so I wonder if they will go to Australia for that. Got to start introducing her to the far flung colonies sometime!

  30. Anare says:

    I wish Meghan and Harry would be invited to the Met Gala. How fun would that be?

    St. George’s Chapel is stunningly beautiful as I recall. It will be a gorgeous wedding. And May is so perfect for a Camelot wedding with a prince who looks like King Arthur!

  31. Anare says:

    Google The Lotus Flower tiara. Princess Margaret used to wear it and it would be beautiful on Meghan or check out the The Strathmore Rose Tiara. It belonged to the Queen Mother and no one has worn it for a long time.

  32. Dame-ly says:

    Apologies if someone has already written this but I haven’t read all the comments yet.

    It had been decided a few weeks ago by officals that the wedding would not be at Westminster Abbey or St Pauls Cathedral because of the security risks. Possibly hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets of London and filling the underground stations would be too great a risk from terrorists who would see this as a golden opportunity to create mayhem. Windsor Castle will be much easier to police entry points are limited, crowds would be reduced and there is still a lot of opportunity for carriage pomp , crowds lining the way and access to the media. Not to mention that the wedding reception can be held there without the need for additional movement and the accompanying extra security for Royals and guests. It also leaves the London police just where they are doing their job without the extra burden on them.