Royal Wedding Recap

May 21, 2018

Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, are officially husband and wife. The world tuned in on Saturday (May 19th) as they became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at London’s Windsor Castle.  The ceremony took place at the gothic St. George’s Chapel at noon. But it was no “ordinary” wedding, even by royal standards. Harry’s princely status and Ms. Markle’s celebrity status (she starred on Suits for seven years) turned the wedding into a global event. Much attention was also devoted to the fact that Ms. Markle is American, a divorcee and biracial. 

  • The projected audience in America for Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding was nearly 23 million people (they woke up before 7 a.m. EST to watch live as the couple tied the knot!)
  • The palace issued a press release with details of the gown. For those curious: “Ms. Meghan Markle’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.”
  • There were about 100,000 well-wishers lining the streets of Windsor to greet them. Of the estimated $42.8 million spent on the wedding, 94% of it was devoted to security.
  • The newlyweds will delay heading out on their honeymoon. Instead, they are set to attend a 70thbirthday party for Charles in a few days. Until then, they will head to their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace. The destination of their honeymoon is unknown, with some guessing that they will go to Botswana and visit an exclusive safari camp where they spent time together in August.