Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the royal wedding: Everything you need to know
Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018. From the guest list to the wedding dress, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s biggest royal wedding.
Meghan Markle is a Hollywood actress, who captivated the young Prince of Wales, but palace insiders are warning of the American newcomer, do not let her star power to outshine the royal family.
The “Suits” screen siren, 36, and the british Prince Harry, 33, was married on May 19 in an hour-long ceremony in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Palace.
In the run-up to the big day, Fox will broadcast a two hour documentary about the Friday of British production company Spun Gold, which specializes in royal documentaries.
The film, with the title ‘ Meghan Markle: An American Princess,” with interviews with journalist Piers Morgan, Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, Harry’s biographer Katie Nicholl, Queen Elizabeth II’s former press spokesman Dickie Arbiter, among others.
Spun Gold founder, Nick Bullen, told Fox News those who came forward and stressed that only the blood royals are the real stars of the household.
“Kate Middleton has worked on this law,” said Bullen. “[Her husband] Prince William is the star and she is the support of stars. Prince Philip has a brilliant walked two steps behind the queen. The queen mother knew you supported the king.
“Meghan, even though she is a famous actress, [her fiance] Prince Henry of Wales. She will be Princess Henry of Wales. She is the support. That is one of the things that people in this documentary have warned. Be wary of the star.”
Bullen pointed out on the doomed marriage of Harry’s parents, Diana and Prince Charles. As the Princess of Wales’ popularity grew in the course of the years, reportedly caused tension between the couple.
Diana and Charles divorced in 1996, after four years. Diana died a year later in 1997 in a tragic car accident in Paris, at the age of 36.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles, to their divorce.
“One of the problems of the whole Charles and Diana years, is that when Diana was the star, it was a problem for the Prince of Wales,” said Bullen. “… Crowds would shout, ” We want you Diana!’ That was not good play. That was one of the warnings that came out of the film to Meghan.
“And what I’ve noticed is that [Markle and Harry] are very much a double act. They are always together. And I think it would be interesting to see how that plays out in the last few years.”
Bullen found that whereas Markle, a biracial American separated woman, is the change of the look of a seemingly dated monarchy, they will have to play by their rules, while he is in her new life as a royal.
“When the royal family was the writing of these blueprints for the royal brides, Meghan couldn’t be farther from their original idea,” he said. “It was blond, English roses of aristocratic families. [Harry’s older brother] William bent that rule by marrying a girl from a much more middle-class family.
The british Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, Nov. 27, 2017.
“And Harry takes it a step further… History proves with the most recent royal wives of Windsor that if you’re not at your job, you can fall. Diana was the star and that the marriage is not working. Fergie was fun, free loving and a breath of fresh air. But that didn’t work.”
But unlike Diana or Fergie, Markle is on hands-on help of Harry, who is always at her side for every royal outing since November 2017 involvement.
Bullen said Burrell, who began his career as the queen’s footman for working for Diana and her sons as the family butler, is not surprised by Harry’s determination to protect his fiancée of media attention.
“Harry was born in a marriage that fell apart,” said Bullen. “And it is a marriage that is played on the world stage… The dirty laundry out there… Then at the age of 12, he has to walk behind his mother in the chest in front of 2 billion people watching from around the world. He has to shake the hands of people who weep, who have not yet met his mother. And yet he has to keep it together.
Prince Harry (centre) with his brother Prince William and his father Prince Charles at Princess Diana’s funeral.
“That play forward to today in terms of why Harry wants to be so protective of Meghan. When the British press were downright racist about her coming to the united kingdom and the royal family, Harry ruling, in essence, say: ‘back off.’ And they did it again. He couldn’t protect his mother as a 12-year-old boy, but he is determined to protect Meghan. And it comes as no surprise that he and his brother have a great distrust of the media.”
But as Markle really wants to fit in with the royal family, the California girl will have to do more than give her thriving career and popular lifestyle blog, which she has already done.
Markle must also learn how to saddle as a pro.
Referee, who worked closely with the queen in Buckingham Palace for 12 years, emphasizes Markle must keep horses fit.
A young Prince Harry the hats of bulls.
“This is a horse-driven family,” said Bullen. “Diana didn’t go well with horses. That was the beginning of that fairy tale does not end very well. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is married to the queen’s youngest son, had to learn how to drive.
“You have to like horses to ride with the queen. And so many of the royal diary is built around the equestrian world… One of the most important events of the queen’s diary for the year is the Royal Windsor Horse Show. And that will happen in the weekend for the royal wedding… The queen has never missed. It is really important to her.”
Despite the many lessons Markle have to learn to be a successful American royal in the House of Windsor, Bullen said insiders are hopeful the marriage will last.
“I think everyone wants to work, because Prince Harry is adored all over the world,” said Bullen. “He is the little boy who lost his mother at 12. He was a little off the rails teenager who became a war hero fighting in the front lines… We want the fairy tale, which has a number of tragic lows in the last 30-40 years. The overriding message of the documentary is ‘fingers crossed.’
Meghan Markle with Prince Harry after their engagement announcement.
“But in the documentary warned that this world is not without pitfalls,” Bullen said. “You get married in a world, in which the diamonds and furs and castles and the servants, and literally knights in shining armor. But everything comes with a price. Are you willing to pay for that price?”
“Meghan Markle: An American Princess” will start on Friday, May 11, on Fox.