Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not marry in the same venue as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the couple confirm.
Prepare to be glued to your TV screens some time in May, because that’s when Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle to meet her prince.
The American actress is set to wed Prince Harry during the spring-time month, a spokesman for the British royal revealed on Tuesday.
The couple, who announced their engagement on Monday, will say their “I dos” at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle—though the exact date of the ceremony is yet to be confirmed.
“Prince Harry and Ms Markle are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives together as a married couple,” said the prince’s communications secretary, Jason Knauf, in a statement.
“The couple of course want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family.
“They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.”
The venue is “close to the couple’s hearts”, Knauf added, and was the location where Prince Harry was christened in 1984.
While it’s not been confirmed, the ceremony is likely to be televised according to the Daily Mail, and Markle will also be taking British citizenship before May.
It is not yet known if any Middle Eastern royalty will be in attendance, although HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, was invited to the Westminster Abbey wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Saudi’s Princess Ameerah al-Taweel also attended the 2011 nuptials, though Prince Harry’s venue will be more intimate than his brother’s.
The royal family will foot the bill for the ceremony, music, flowers, decorations and reception, The Telegraph reports.
The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. pic.twitter.com/lJdtWnbdpB
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Details of the wedding were revealed just hours after the happy couple posed for photos and sat down for a tell-all interview with BBC journalist Mishal Husain.
Prince Harry—formally known as Prince Henry of Wales—confessed he fell for Suits star Markle following a blind date 18 months ago, and convinced the actress to join him camping in Botswana just one month later.
“I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly… All the stars were aligned—everything was just perfect,” said the royal.
“It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life – I fell into her life.”
Prince Harry handpicked Today programme host Husain, who grew up in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, for the interview, according to the Daily Mail.
The couple also opened up about their engagement, which took place at Prince Harry’s home (Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace) earlier this month.
Describing it as a cosy night in as they roasted a chicken, the 33-year-old British royal got down on one knee in “an amazing surprise”, Markle said.
“It was so sweet and natural and very romantic,” added the actress, who is expected to take the title the Duchess of Sussex after the wedding.
The couple later revealed they were “extremely grateful for the warm public response” following the announcement of their betrothal.
“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom.”