Britain and huge parts of the world have been excited about the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and his American love Meghan Markle. She is a commoner – but that’s the least of surprises, it seems. Their wedding, scheduled for May 19, is likely to be unconventional.
At least, unconventional in comparison to traditional royal customs.
Actress Meghan Markle will become the first American-born to enter the British Royal Family.
But it’s not just Prince Harry’s choice of a lifelong spouse that will break tradition. According to AuntyAcid, it will be the Royal Wedding itself too.
It will take place on May 19th, a Saturday. While that’s not unusual in itself, it is not a workday, and therefore, it won’t be a public holiday. This is different than the weddings of Prince Diana back in 1981, or when Kate Middleton and Prince William married in 2011.
Diana’s wedding, back in 1981, was an official public holiday.
But wait, there’s more. The other plans for the wedding really break with royal tradition.
Unlike up to now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t marry at Westminster Abbey; instead, they will do that in Windsor Castle. Some say that’s because Markle was already married once and divorced, but who knows?
But there is even more! Apparently, this one has to do with Meghan’s wishes. Instead of her being given away by her father, Thomas Markle Senior (which is the tradition in weddings), Meghan wants her mother, Doria Ragland, to have the honor.
A source reportedly contacted US Weekly, and “heard that Meghan wants her mother to walk her down the aisle, which would be a sweet moment.”
Ah, Americans. They really aren’t into traditions, are they?
“While they will always be mindful of traditions and the views of their elders, the day is ultimately about them and what they want to do,” the source added.
Markle has a history of activism and has been very progressive on a number of issues, so it’s unclear if this is just her activism speaking or just a very personal request. At any rate, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s kind of cute even!
Another royal family insider chimed in:
“The day of the wedding itself will certainly hold a few unconventional surprises. Don’t expect a royal wedding by numbers. They want to involve their friends and family as much in as much as possible throughout the day.”
They went on to add: “Their romance feels refreshingly modern and I think that’s something that everyone at Kensington Palace has felt incredibly excited by.”
Well, isn’t that wonderful! Ch-ch-ch-changes!