Millions of viewers around the world got to watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend, but fans couldn’t hear all of the exchanges between the couple during the service. So just what did the newlyweds say to each other at the altar?
According to People Magazine, Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle Sr., wasn’t able to attend the service because of his health and other issues. So, when Prince Harry’s dad Prince Charles walked the bride down the aisle after she entered St. George’s Chapel, Harry kindly said, “Thank you, Pa.”
Then, when the couple united at the altar, Prince Harry said to the 36-year-old Suits star, “You look amazing. I’m so lucky.”
The new Duchess of Sussex wore a silk gown from designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy that featured an open bateau neckline and sculpted waist. The train flowed in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza.
The Duchess topped her classic look with an elegant updo and accessorized it with the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau that featured a trim of hand-embroidered flowers from each of the Commonwealth’s 53 countries in threads and organza. She also wore a veil that flowed for 16 feet.
The Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition #RoyalWedding
The couple exchanged glances throughout the ceremony that included a sermon from Chicago-based Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and a gospel choir singing Stand By Me. Among the six-hundred guests in the chapel were celebrities Priyanka Chopra, Amal and George Clooney, Serena Williams, David and Victoria Beckham, and Oprah Winfrey.
When it was time for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to exchange vows, Harry accidentally said “I will” instead of “I do,” and his bride supported him by saying the same.
After the ceremony that featured Prince William as Harry’s best man and Prince George and Princess Charlotte as a page boy and flower girl, the couple continued with a carriage ride around Windsor, and then a lunch reception at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle that included a performance from Elton John.
During his speech at the lunch reception, Prince Harry went “off the cuff,” and it delighted guests. He thanked everyone who helped play a part in the special day, and got a lot of cheers from the guests when he said “my wife and I.”
Harry also promised that all of the Americans wouldn’t steal the swords and then asked everyone to be quiet when they left so they wouldn’t wake the neighbors.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ended the day with a smaller party of about 250 guests at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles.