After yesterday’s news of an engagement, royal officials announced today that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a May wedding at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.
Windsor Castle, west of London, is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences. The 15th-century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Harry’s older brother, William, married Kate Middleton in 2011.
Harry’s Kensington Palace office said Markle plans to apply for British citizenship, and will be baptized in the Church of England before she marries the fifth in line to the throne.
The couple will carry out their first official engagement on Friday, visiting a youth charity and a World Aids Day event in Nottingham, central England. For Markle, who has left the TV series “Suits” after seven seasons, it will be a first taste of life as a working royal.
Markle’s divorced status would once have barred her from marrying the prince in church. Harry’s father Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, married Camilla in a low-key civil ceremony in 2005 because both bride and groom were divorced.
Newspapers hailed news of the current engagement as a breath of fresh air and symbol of a modernizing monarchy.
The couple initially met on a blind date and immediately clicked. Prince Harry proposed over a roast chicken dinner at his London home, after months in which they tried to keep their long-distance relationship out of the public eye.
“The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect,” Harry said.
“It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life. I fell into her life.”
Markle will Not Be Called Princess Meghan After Marriage
Because Markle is marrying into the Royal Family, not being born into it she will not have the title Princess Meghan.
Instead, Markle will likely follow in the tradition of her soon-to-be sister-in-law, the former Kate Middleton, now known as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry will in all likelihood be granted a dukedom just prior to the wedding, which would make Markle a duchess once they are married.
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