The date and venue are set for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the royal watchers of the world are excited. The couple is under even greater scrutiny than before and fans want to know every detail of the big day. According to a recent report, Markle has made an unusual request for the ceremony and it’s not clear how the royal family will respond.
The Hollywood Gossip is reporting that Markle has requested that her mother, Doria Ragland, be the one who walks her down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world.
Markle has been quite candid about her relationship with her family, and the only one she is extremely close with is Ragland.
When Harry and Markle announced their engagement in November, her parents – Ragland and Thomas Markle – issued a joint statement even though they are divorced.
“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents,” they said at the time.
Markle has patched things up with her dad, but he lives a reclusive life in Mexico and it isn’t clear if he will attend the wedding. So, it makes sense that she would want her mom to walk her down the aisle, but how does the royal family feel about it? Will they allow it? The divorced 36-year-old is a non-traditional bride, but the ceremony is expected to lean more towards the traditional side, featuring words like “wilt,” “thou,” and “thine.”
And, it’s not just the ceremony, but also Markle’s dress. According to Newsweek, the Suits actress will wear something with sleeves and it will not be low-cut. So, strapless or spaghetti straps are out of the question, but she could be daring and go with a half-sleeve.
No one knows who will be designing Markle’s gown, but royal historian Marlene Koenig says it will most likely come from a British designer. She also believes the color will be ivory or cream, like the late Princess Diana’s, which is more flattering than white.
Of course, everyone remembers Kate Middleton’s dress from 2011 – designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house – that featured long sleeves, ivory and white satin.
USA Today reports that the wedding won’t be as big as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s, but rather more in line with the size of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed on Saturday, May 19th.