After their wedding, the Duke and Duchess lived at Nottingham Cottage within the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. They later moved to Frogmore Cottage in the Home Park of Windsor Castle. The Crown Estate refurbished the cottage at a cost of £2.4 million, paid out of the Sovereign Grant, with the Duke later reimbursing expenses beyond restoration and ordinary maintenance. Meghan gave birth to a son, Archie
Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's office moved to Buckingham Palace and officially closed on March 31, 2020, when the Sussexes withdrew from undertaking official royal engagements. After some months in Canada and the United States, the couple bought a house in June 2020 on the former estate of Riven Rock in Montecito, California, where they own a chicken coop with hens rescued from a factory farm.
produced a daughter, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4, 2021. Their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
was born on the 6th May 2019. He is the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne.
VOGUE MAGAZINE Saturday 19 May 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married on May 19, 2018. The couple’s decision to wed on a Saturday went against tradition, as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.
On the morning of the wedding it was announced that the Queen has conferred a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of
Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
Prince Harry is thus His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Markle
became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
The chosen date fell on the same day as the FA Cup final at Wembley, a match that Prince Harry's best man, the Duke of Cambridge, usually attends as president of the
Football Association to present the trophy. The May date may also have been selected in order to give the Duchess of Cambridge time to recover after the birth of her third child, Prince Louis.
The invitations follow many years of royal tradition and were made by Barnard Westwood. Using American ink on English card, each invite was printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge. The three-feathered badge of the
Prince of Wales was given pride of place in the centre.
Where did the royal wedding 2018 take place?
The marriage of Prince Harry and Markle took place in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at 12pm. They became the 16th royal couple to celebrate their marriage at
Windsor Castle since 1863. The Queen granted permission for the ceremony to be held in the place of worship, which seats approximately 800, and core aspects of the wedding, including the service, music, flowers, decorations and reception, were paid for by the royal family. One week prior to the ceremony, the Queen signed the Instrument of Consent - the official document granting her grandson permission to marry his fiancé.
The cake - a lemon elderflower bake that incorporated the bright flavours of spring - was made by Violet Bakery's Claire Ptak, and the flowers - branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Park - were arranged by Philippa Craddock. Music for the service included a number of well-known hymns and choral works under the direction of James Vivian, director of music at St George’s Chapel.
“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom,” Jason Knauf, Prince Harry's communications secretary, said prior to the celebration. “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."
On the morning of the wedding, Kensington Palace published the order of service online, which was conducted by the Dean of Windsor and officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The couple selected words from The Marriage Service from Common Worship (2000), using contemporary language - such as the word “you” instead of “thee” and “thou” - and, as is common these days, Markle did not promise to “obey” Harry. Ben E King’s soul classic "Stand By Me" was performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, and a gospel choir performed Etta James’s version of "Amen/This Little Light of Mine" as the newlyweds left the chapel. Hymns included the Welsh rugby anthem "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer", otherwise known as "Bread of Heaven".
Markle’s ring was fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by the Queen, while Prince Harry's was created from platinum with a textured finish. Both rings were crafted in the Cleave workshop, and were carried to the chapel by the
Cambridge, in his capacity as best man.
After the couple were married, they undertook a carriage procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. Alexi Lubomirski then took the official photographs at Windsor Castle.
"They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," a statement from Kensington Palace said in the run-up to the big day. "Following the service, there will be a reception at St George's Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation. Later that evening, the Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family."
Sir Elton John performed at the lunchtime reception for the newlyweds, The Duke and Duchess of
Sussex. Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by
Her Majesty The
On the morning of the nuptials, Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, accompanied Markle to Windsor Castle. Markle's father, Thomas Markle, was not at the wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle, because of his health. In a statement made days before her wedding, Markle said she had "always cared" for her father and hoped he could be given the space he needed to focus on his wellbeing. It was subsequently announced that
Prince Charles would give his future daughter-in-law away in her father's absence.
In regards to Diana, Princess of Wales's legacy on the day, a statement from Kensington Palace confirmed: "In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as best man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother's family in his wedding. All three siblings of Diana,
Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day."
Who was on the guest list?
Around 600 guests were in attendance, a small crowd in contrast to the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge who wed in front of 1,900 guests - a number just shy of
Queen Elizabeth II and
Philip, who invited 2,000 guests to their 1947 wedding. As Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne, he was not obliged to invite diplomats from across the globe to the celebration, which was less of a state occasion. “It has been decided that an official list of political leaders - both UK and international - is not required for Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding.
Her Majesty’s government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household,” a spokesperson said in a statement on April 10.
Some of the 1,200 guests, who were selected by regional Lord Lieutenant offices from a broad range of backgrounds and age groups, were announced on Twitter, along with the stories of how they have served their communities.
A group of 200 close acquaintances were invited to an after-party at Frogmore House, which is just a short walk from St George's Chapel.
Frogmore House will also be open to royal fans from June 5 to 7, with all proceeds from the visits donated to the National Garden Scheme, the Armed Forces charity SSAFA, and Prisoners' Education Trust.
Who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?
Markle married Prince Harry, and became the Duchess of Sussex wearing Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. Markle met Waight Keller in early 2018 and "chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour," a statement from Kensington Palace said. "Ms Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy."
Both Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge wore the frockcoat uniform of the blues and royals, which were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. The
Queen gave permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform.
Who were Meghan’s bridesmaids?
It was confirmed several days prior to the nuptials that Prince George and
Princess Charlotte would perform the roles of page boy and bridesmaid in the ceremony, alongside eight other young children. They were Prince Harry's godchildren - Florence van Cutsem (3), Zalie Warren (2) and Jasper Dyer (6) - and Markle's goddaughters - Remi and Rylan Litt (6 and 7) - and the three children of Jessica Mulroney, one of the bride's closest friends - Ivy (4) and twins Brian and John (7).
Markle reportedly decided to forgo choosing adult bridesmaids from her close set of friends. Actress Priyanka Chopra, tennis champion Serena Williams, designer Misha Nonoo and stylist Mulroney were all names that were suggested.
Will there be a bank holiday?
Although the public were given a day off to celebrate the weddings of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer in 1981, Prince William to
Catherine Middleton in 2011, and
Princess Anne to Mark Phillips in 1973, Prince Harry and his fiancée's choice to wed on May 19 avoided the issue of whether or not the royal wedding should be a bank holiday.
Kensington Palace confirmed on April 9 via Twitter that the couple would like to forgo any traditional wedding presents in favour of donations to the following causes: CHIVA (Children's HIV Association), Crisis (a UK-based homelessness charity), the Myna Mahila Foundation (a charity that supports women in Mumbai's urban slums), Scotty's Little Soldiers (which helps bereaved Armed Forces children), StreetGames (a foundation using sport to change lives),
Surfers against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK (which promotes the enjoyment of wild nature).
By Alice Newbold (news editor of Vogue.co.uk)
BREAKING ROYAL TIES
In January 2020, Meghan and Harry returned to the UK from a vacation in
Canada and announced that they were stepping back from their role as senior members of the royal family, and would balance their time between the
United Kingdom and North America. A statement released by the Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess were to cease to undertake royal duties, as representatives of the Queen, and would therefore no longer receive the relevant financial support. The couple would retain their HRH stylings but not use them. The formal role of the Duke and Duchess was subject to a twelve-month review period, ending in March 2021. Meghan's final solo engagement as a senior royal was a visit to Robert Clack School on March 7, 2020, in Dagenham ahead of International Women's Day.
In March 2021, it was reported that the
Charity Commission for England and Wales was conducting a review of the Sussex Royal organization in a "regulatory and compliance case" regarding its conduct under charity law during dissolution. Representatives for the couple claimed that Sussex Royal was "managed by a board of trustees" and that "suggestion of mismanagement" directed exclusively at the Duke and Duchess would be incorrect. The commission later concluded that the foundation did not act unlawfully, but criticized the board of directors for expending a
"substantial proportion of funds" to setting up and closing the charity.
In April 2020, Meghan and Harry confirmed that an alternative foundation (in lieu of
Sussex Royal) would be called "Archewell". The name stems from the Greek word "arche", which means "source of action"; the same word that inspired the name of their son. Archewell was registered in the
States. Its website was officially launched in October 2020.
rift between their family in England, worsened, though Harry's father is
reported in the media as keen to see his grandchildren, other issues such
as security have caused problems, the subject of a potential Judicial
Review, that is said to have annoyed the Queen, who does not like being
Duke of York, is also in the news, for alleged rape
and sex trafficking, with Virginia
Giuffre claiming damages in a New York civil action, citing Jeffrey
Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
people believe that the Monarchy is an outdated institution, where the
Queen, as Head of State has proven herself to be ineffective in making the
UK a decent and moral place to live - such as providing affordable
housing for young families starting out in life. For example, Britain
is held to be the most corrupt country in the world, and no Prime
Minister has done anything about stopping London being the drug money
laundering capital of the world. Is it not time for a Written
Constitution to replace the fickle royals who refuse to sack Prime
Ministers who lie to them. What qualifies a royal to lead a country,
when they don't have qualifications in economics or administration. The Honours
System is also corrupt, where ware criminals like Tony Blair, get
knighted for invading a country on bogus intelligence and killing millions
should be aiming for Zero Pollution and Zero Growth, for a sustainable
future planet with a truly Circular