By Joanne Rosa
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said their “I wills,” this morning, and are officially husband and wife!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a real life fairytale wedding that not even Hollywood could think up. Meghan’s Dad, Thomas Markle, was watching along with much of the world. “My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness,” he told TMZ. At the last minute, Meghan was told her father wouldn’t be able to attend the wedding due to a necessary heart surgery.
There’s so much to discuss, and Wendy will get into all of it on Monday. For now, we’re counting down the top five moments from the royal wedding.
Wedding guests wore their royal best with hats and fascinators to the royal wedding, including celebrity guests invited by Prince Harry and Meghan. We expected to see Priyanka Chopra, the cast of Suits, and Serena Williams with Alexis Ohanian. However, there were plenty of celebs we weren’t expecting, like Idris Elba, and Oprah Winfrey. OPRAH! We’d love to see how the British royals interact with the Hollywood royals, and has
Oprah met the Queen the Queen met Oprah?
There was a lot of speculation as to what Meghan Markle would wear on her big day. Many were surprised by her wedding gown. While some are calling the Givenchy dress designed by Clare Waight Keller understated, others are calling it timeless. As Meghan stepped out of her car in Windsor and began walking up the stairs to St. George’s Chapel, her 16-foot statement veil was laid out across the staircase by her veil escorts, page boys Brian and John Mulroney (seven year-old twin sons of Meghan’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney). Meghan was giving us some serious Princess Diana vibes. As chance would have it, at 36 years-old Meghan officially became a part of Prince Harry’s life at the same age his mother Diana left his. Meghan had 53 flowers embroidered on the trim of her veil to represent each of the British Commonwealth countries. Chosen from the Queen’s jewelry vault, Meghan selected Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau. Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, also wore this tiara on her wedding day. Her sleek silk wedding gown showcased her veil and tiara, and highlighted Meghan’s natural beauty.
Meghan wasn’t the only one making royal history today. Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S Bishop Curry gave a speech to remember at the royal wedding. Bishop Curry gave a moving speech about the power of love, which kept the future Duke and Duchess of Sussex smiling. Bishop Curry spoke of
“Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in all of human history: a movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world and a movement mandating people to live that love, and in so doing, to change not only their lives, but the very life of the world itself… I’m talking about some power. Real power… Power to change the world. If you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s antebellum South who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform. They explained it this way: They sang a spiritual, even in the midst of their captivity. It’s one that says there is a balm in Gilead, a healing balm — something that can make things right. There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole.”
Bishop Curry also quoted Martin Luther King Jr. during the wedding ceremony. “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.” At the conclusion of Bishop Curry’s sermon, a gospel choir sang out “Stand By Me,” giving those in the chapel and watching on TV chills in the best way.
There’s nothing like when the groom first looks at his bride on their wedding day, and Prince Harry was no exception. Within St George’s chapel, the same place Prince Harry was baptized, Meghan walked down the first half of the aisle alone and was later joined by her future father-in-law Prince Charles. At that point, Prince Harry was able to see his stunning bride. He flashed a smile and became a little teary eyed. Showing this kind of emotion isn’t traditional for a royal, but neither is his beard. He didn’t take his eyes of off her the whole walk towards the alter. When they joined together, Harry softly spoke to his bride. Daily Mail royal correspondent Tweeted Harry’s whispers to Meghan were “you look amazing.”
After vows were exchanged, and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex were declared husband and wife, a kiss was not shared. This is typical in royal weddings. The couple walked out of the chapel and came into view for the public outside to see. The happy couple smiled, shared a brief kiss, and continued to their horse drawn carriage for what is known as the long walk to Windsor castle. The walk is 2.65 miles, and lined with thousands of people to catch a glimpse of history.
Tell Us: What was your favorite moment from Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding?