When and Where is the Wedding, Again?
Mark your calendars for Saturday May 19th at 11:30 a.m. local time in the United Kingdom (4 a.m. in America), as the world watches American actress Rachel Meghan Markle marry Prince Henry of Wales (more commonly known as Prince Harry).
In just a few days time, Ms. Markle will become part of the world’s most famous royal family, the Windsors. This is the kind of fairytale that we see in movies and we get to watch it all LIVE in the comforts of our homes as she walks down the aisle at St. George Chapel at Windsor Castle to marry her love (view the venue here).
“We are a fantastic team”, said Prince Harry during the BBC engagement interview, here.
As you can probably tell, I’m beyond excited for such a historic event to happen and I’ve been following the Royal family ever since I learned about them in grade school. For me however, it all started with Kate and William’s love story. From that it grew to learning more about Lady Diana and the Queen of England herself etc. But nowadays, I find myself reading every little detail I can find on Meghan and Harry’s royal romance. I’m certainly not an expert on the subject at hand but it is something I’m very fascinated by and have learned a lot about. I hope you continue reading as I give you a crash course on Meghan and Harry’s relationship leading up to their wedding.
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Catch up on the Royal family by watching the following programs: (I highly recommend and have watched them all)
- Meghan Markle: An American Princess Documentary via CBS NEWS
- Prince Harry’s story: Four Royal Weddings Documentary via National Geographic
- Meghan and Harry’s engagement interview via BBC NEWS
- Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance (MOVIE) via Lifetime Channel *Note: this movie dramatizes the relationship between Harry and Meghan and some things are false.
- William and Kate (MOVIE) via Lifetime Channel *Note: this movie dramatizes the relationship between Will and Kate but nonetheless the best visual of their life together.
- Prince William and Kate’s engagement interview via BBC NEWS
- The Queen Welcomes Meghan Markle to Royal Family via AU Showbiz
Where to Watch the Royal Wedding (in America):
On the day of the wedding, May 19th, there will be several LIVE broadcasts around the world of the event, as you can imagine. If you watched Will and Kate’s wedding LIVE back in 2011 than you are well aware of the multitude of channels that will be running the Royal wedding all day long.
However, there are a few things you need to know about the filming of any Royal wedding. First, the wedding and procession will be televised live and a single pool camera will capture the nuptials. Second, it is highly unlikely that we’ll catch a glimpse of the two wedding receptions since they are private events for guest only. Third, the ceremony is only an hour long but expect several hours of TV coverage first as the anticipation and excitement builds.
Line-Up of Networks to Watch From:
- CBS ‘This Morning’ 4 a.m. E.S.T: first footage
- CNN 4 a.m.: at Windsor Castle
- BBC America 4:15 a.m. E.S.T: broadcasting a live simulcast of the UK’s BBC coverage
- NBC ‘Today Show’ 4:30 a.m. E.S.T: takes their team to Windsor Castle for their coverage.
- PBS ‘Royal Wedding Watch’: Five night wedding watch series May 14-18, coverage of wedding starts May 19 at 5 a.m. E.S.T
- ABC News ‘Good Morning America’ 5 a.m. E.S.T
- E! Network 5 a.m. E.S.T: Live from the Royal Wedding
- TLC 5 a.m.: Royal Wedding Revealed
- FOX News 6 a.m. E.S.T: at Windsor Castle
- HBO 7:15 a.m. E.S.T: begins their coverage at a more accommodating schedule time. Hosted by Will Ferrell for a more laughable/comical coverage if that interests you.
Royal Family Crash Course:
There’s nothing like a British royal wedding. But this time… the soldiers, the flags, the glittering carriages and crowds are all there for an American actress, Meghan Markle. She’ll be marrying into a family (the Windsors) that can trace their ancestry over a thousand years. The Windsor’s are worth $33 billion, own huge castles, vast areas of land, and priceless collections of art and jewelry.
“They’re the pinnacle of society and envied throughout the world,” said Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s Butler.
Meghan Markle will be marrying Prince Harry who is sixth in line to the British throne, grandson of the Queen of England and great great great grandson of Queen Victoria. Although he was born into a world of privilege he suffered a tragic childhood with the sudden death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash speculatively caused by paparazzi.
At just 12 years old his life changed forever. As he grew older he developed a wild reputation but began to transform his image from playboy to eligible bachelor. He joined the British army, volunteered in third world countries and became an activist for change in the world. But a question began to arose, when will Harry marry?
When Harry Met Meghan:
Set up on a blind date in July 2016, Harry met for drinks in London with a woman who couldn’t be more different from the Royal families expectations for a bride. The Royal family would have chosen an english, posh girl from a certain background and certain school etc… ticking every perfect little box in their eyes.
Meghan Markle, on the other hand, was refreshingly a so called divorced commoner and half african american from suburban Los Angeles, California. She was an actress and already forged her own successful career. She went on to become a strong/talented actress in the hit TV series Suits, a U.N. Women’s Ambassador and a feminist activist all before she met Prince Harry.
However, that didn’t stop Harry from pursuing this relationship as he whisked Meghan away to Botswana, a place thats very special to the royal family. From then on, their relationship continued to grow and they were engaged in October 2017.
“All the stars were aligned,” said Prince Harry during the BBC engagement interview, here.
Now, as the final days until the wedding get nearer… not only is Meghan preparing for her big day she is learning the rules of the royal family. Rules like when to curtesy, what titles to use, and even how to greet people properly. What is the right etiquette to do this? What is the right etiquette to do that? Oh and heaven forbid you bring up the subject of money! There is a long and extensive list of rules to follow and protocols for the royal family that Meghan must learn as her new role as Duchess awaits her.
I’m so excited and happy for her and can’t wait to see what change she brings to the royal family and the world for that matter. She’s the pinnacle of change in an institution that rarely strays from tradition. I have no doubt that with her determination and strong heart I’m sure she’ll be successful in whatever path she chooses.
To kick off this special day grab your favorite tea set, British flags and gossip mags for a fun day of LIVE TV coverage as we all watch from our sofas! I can’t wait to see the wedding dress Meghan chose for her big day.
What part of the wedding are you most excited for? Tell me in the comment section below.
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