Wedding? No, it’s all about kids and babies
PRINCESS Eugenie might have been getting married to Jack Brooksbank but all social media cared about was how cute Prince George looked — and if Meghan Markle was pregnant.
When Prince Harry’s wife arrived in a loose-fitting navy blue Givenchy dress and coat, which was buttoned at the top but not around the stomach and did not remove it inside St George’s Chapel, speculation went into overdrive that the 37-year-old American is pregnant. Of course, Sydney and Dubbo will get the chance to check out the theory when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the Invictus Games this week.
Royal watchers were kept amused by Prince George, who managed to sit still in the chapel but made up for it with his antics outside. On the steps, he and the other bridesmaids and pageboys pulled faces, waved and won hearts.
NEWLYWEDS Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank enjoyed “one hell of a party’’ celebrating their beautiful autumn wedding at Windsor.
After a champagne reception hosted by the Queen, the young couple jumped into a flashy Aston Martin car originally built for the James Bond movie Spectre and headed for nearby Royal Lodge, the home of their estranged parents Prince Andrew and Sarah the Duchess of York for two more celebrations with their celebrity and royal friends.
Eugenie, 28, was still in her bridal gown, while Mr Brooksbank, 32, helped her into the car before getting behind the wheel and heading off to their reception.
After the formality of the luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth for her granddaughter, the Princess and her former nightclub manager husband enjoyed two less-formal parties, joined by most of the 800 guests who had been at St George’s Chapel.
Prince Andrew reportedly broke protocol to give his new son-in-law a hug as the couple cut their five-tier red velvet wedding cake, which featured a cascade of autumn leaves and berries, and was served with Pol Roger champagne.
The celebration then moved to Royal Lodge where a fun fair was set up in the grounds complete with dodgem cars, a coconut shy and games.
Mr Brooksbank, who sells tequila for a company founded by George Clooney and Rande Gerber, had promised the Casamigos tequila would flow freely. Eugenie won applause from around the world for her decision to wear a dress that showed her scar from scoliosis surgery at age 12 — and to not wear a veil so it would be clearly visible.
Her mother Sarah Ferguson also attracted plenty of comment for her enthusiasm and her eccentric hat, which some Twitter users compared to a Golden Snitch from Harry Potter.
Others had a more exotic theory, comparing it to the Wonder Woman symbol. That’s significant because her name is Diana — and it was apparently Fergie’s enthusiastic support of Diana that caused Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall to skip the wedding in favour for a ceremony at a Scottish school.
There was also continued buzz around Windsor about comments by Prince Andrew, who appeared to one-up Prince Harry and Meghan by saying more people attended his daughter’s wedding than theirs at the same venue five months ago. This is despite the considerable pains royal courtiers had gone to to avoid comparisons between the two events.
“There are a few more people than most people have,’’ he told ITV in a pre-recorded interview. “There are a few more than Harry had. But that’s just the nature of Eugenie and Jack. They have got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in.”
Prince Andrew also said the event was held at St George’s Chapel on the orders of the Queen.
“The Queen very firmly said: ‘No, St George’s is where you are going to have the wedding’.
“So I said: ‘Aye, aye ma’am, turn to the right, salute and carry on’.”
Charlie Proctor, editor-in-chef of
the Royal Central news website, said the comments about the size of the wedding party — 800 guests compared to Harry’s 650 — was tactless. “Nobody should be comparing the two weddings – especially the father of the bride,’’ he said. He said it was inevitable there would be comparisons, given the wedding was held in the same venue just five months apart.
“I think we have to be realistic. Eugenie’s wedding was never going to be as big as Harry’s wedding,” he said.
British newspaper The Mirror hired a lip reader who reported that Zara Tindall had turned to Harry and Meghan and said: “It’s very quiet compared to the screaming at your wedding.’’
Royal watchers were also still digesting the decision to include a reading from the Great Gatsby, which talked about the smile and language used by the hero of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel, Jay Gatsby.
The Dean of Windsor David Conner explained that Eugenie had read the book shortly after meeting Jack and felt the passage “Gatsby’s Smile’’ reminded her of Jack. This raised some eyebrows as the Jay Gatsby character was a man born into poverty who strived to be something he was not to win the affections of a rich young woman.
Prince George hams it up with the other pint-sized poppets including Princess Charlotte, Theodora Williams, Mia Tindall, Savannah and Isla Philips, Maud Windsor and Louis de Givenchy. enchy.Picture: e: AFP The Queen, Harr y andMeghan.