US fiancee of Britain’s Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex exchange rings during their wedding ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / OWEN HUMPHREYS
Clooney, Serena, Beckham, Major, Others at Fairy Tale Service
Being a divorcee bride from the other side of the Atlantic and marrying a British Royal Prince and watched by a global audience is a part any Oscars-winning or Hollywood actress would have loved to not just audition for, but to actually be part of, either on Broadway or at any West end theatre.
However, dreams do come true and life on this occasion had the chance to imitate art, as the much-awaited fairy tale wedding solemnisation of Prince Harry and his African American actress bride, Meghan Markle finally took place at the St. George’s chapel in Windsor, yesterday.
Watched by the 800 guests, including Hollywood star, George Clooney, 23-time Tennis queen, Serena Williams, former England football captain, David Beckham and former British Prime Minister, John Major, the guest list also included the 2,640 lucky members of the public officially invited and hundreds of other guests, who lined the high streets of Windsor. Thousands of Britons were also glued to television sets, as Harry, 33 and the 36-year old were joined at 12.04, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev Justin Welby.
Dressed in military uniform and with 250 members of the military lining the road to the chapel, the groom and his best man brother, Prince William -whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge – emerged from their car at about 12.34, and both waved to the adoring crowd of locals and well wishers, as they walked into the same chapel that the groom had been baptised as a little boy in 1984.
But there were even more cheers, screams and excitement from the over 2, 000 crowd lining the streets for the Californian bride, as she and her mother, Doria Ragland, were driven to the chapel in a Rolls Royce minutes later.
After first saying “I will,” to the first set of vows, it was within seconds of each other at exactly 1.36pm, that both groom and bride sealed their union, “as Welby led them in saying the second vows to become husband and wife.
From that very moment, Harry assumed the official title of duke of Sussex, while his former Suits actress wife becomes Duchess of Sussex.The Prince and his bride slotted the rings into each other’s fingers shortly after as Archbishop Welby declared them “husband and wife.”However, the wedding was surely not your ordinary fairytale one, as the Evening Standard reported on Friday that the security cost is about £30m for the 3,000 of uniformed and undercover policemen deployed to protect them during the ceremony.