By Joanne Rosa
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding is just days away!
In case you forgot, the royal wedding takes place on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The ceremony begins at noon local time, seven o’clock in the morning eastern time, and four o’clock in the morning pacific time.
We know it’s early. By the time you wake up on Saturday morning, Meghan Markle will have taken her final steps as Meghan Markle of California and her first steps towards (tentatively) becoming Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex.
After the wedding, Meghan’s life will change forever, and we’re not just talking about the honeymoon of their dreams. According to Travel & Leisure, the new royal couple plans to honeymoon in Namibia, a country in the southwest of Africa. Before honeymooning, Prince Harry and Meghan will attend Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration in the gardens of Buckingham Palace just three days after their wedding. This will be the first of many royal dutities Meghan Meghan will fulfill as the (tentative) Duchess of Sussex.
Yes, Meghan’s title is tentative, as it won’t be determined until after the royal wedding ceremony is over. Rumors are swirling that Queen Elizabeth II will make Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex. If Prince Harry is granted dukedom, it’s likely Meghan will become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. If Prince Harry is not bestowed the title of Duke of Sussex, he will remain His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. This will likely make Meghan Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales. As much as we want to call her Princess Meghan, only those born into the royal family are true princes and princesses. However, Meghan Markle will always be America’s princess.
Speaking of princes and princesses, Prince Harry hasn’t been shy about how much he wants to have children. In a 2012 interview with ABC News, Harry revealed he’s “longed for kids since [he] was very, very young.” Prince Harry was “waiting to find the right person. Someone who is willing to take on the job.” Meghan Markle is the woman who the Prince deemed worthy enough to bear and raise his children. It’s no surprise that royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of “Harry: Life, Loss, and Love” told Entertainment Tonight her royal sources claim Prince Harry “is very keen to start a family, pretty soon after the royal wedding.” Unlike Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s children, Prince Harry and Meghan’s children will not hold the title of princes and princesses. Their children will be known as lords and ladies. The only way this will change is if Queen Elizabeth II issues a Letters Patent stating otherwise. With Prince Harry being 33 and Meghan turning 37 in August, we’re sure they will be having children soon. Kate had Prince George less than two years after getting married to Prince William.
Where will Prince Harry and Meghan’s little lords and ladies live? Clarence House confirmed “the couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace” in their engagement statement. Prince Harry began living in Nottingham palace in 2013, and the couple lives there now. The two bedroom property if quaint for now, but it seems like it would get a bit crowded once the lords and ladies start rolling out. Rapid renovations are reportedly underway for Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace. A Daily Mail source claims Prince Harry “keeps popping round and asking when it will be ready.” With Prince William and Kate as neighbors, the 21-room “apartment” seems like the perfect spot for the new royal couple to reside with their growing family.
When it comes to other members of the royal family, there are specific hierarchical rules. After Meghan marries Prince Harry, Meghan will be required to curtsy to all royal family members above her. This includes four year-old Prince George, two year-old Princess Charlotte, and newborn Prince Louis. Yes; the social division seems rather daunting, but there is a catch. If Meghan is with Prince Harry, blood princesses must curtsy to her.
That’s enough post-wedding talk for a wedding that hasn’t even happened yet! The DVR might be Wendy and Norman’s preferred way to watch this historic royal wedding, but we know some of you might want to watch the wedding as it’s going down. If you don’t plan to watch the action-or your excitement causes you to forget everything you watched-we got you covered with the full wedding recap on Saturday.
Coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET with Robin Roberts and David Muir
Coverage begins at 4 a.m. ET with Gayle King and Kevin Frazier
Coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET with Shepard Smith and Sandra Smith
Coverage begins at 4:30 a.m. ET with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb
Coverage begins at 4:15 a.m. ET with Meredith Vieira and Matt Baker
Coverage begins at 5:00 a.m. ET with Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Sarah-Jane Crawford and royal expert Melanie Bromley
Coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Cord Hosenbeck (Will Ferrell) and Tish Cattigan (Molly Shannon)
Coverage begins at 5:00 a.m. with style experts Randy Fenoli, Lori Allen, Monte Durham, George Kotsiopoulos and Hayley Paige
Fathom Events will show the royal wedding without commercials at 200 movie theaters around America. The shows start at 10 a.m..
ABC, BBC America, CBS, and The New York Times will stream the royal wedding on their respective websites