Fascinators, PJS and high tea
Fans across the world gear up for Meghan and Harry’s big day
Royal watchers around the globe are fascinator-ready to watch the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
He’s the spare to the heir, soon to be sixth in line for the throne, but Harry is forever the people’s prince to many inside and outside the Commonwealth who once wondered whether the bad boy of Windsor would ever tie the knot.
She, of TV Suits fame, has whipped up some big fan buzz, including those thrilled by her mixed race heritage.
Their “woke” wedding (the Spice Girls are expected) is May 19 at midday, Windsor Castle time, or about 4 a.m. PT. Viewing party plans are in the works, as are pricey hotel packages and bar meet-ups. The frenzied have their own Facebook groups and some have cajoled less-enthused spouses to jet across the pond and watch the pomp in person from a spot on the carriage route.
Julie Brillhart, a hardcore royal enthusiast in Hurricane, W.VA. said she fired up her Harry and Meghan Facebook page to connect fans with parties back in November. She and her twin sister now have nearly 5,000 members.
“We are in love with Meghan Markle,’’ said Brillhart, a former career logistics specialist in the Army. “For every little black girl who has ever wanted her very own princess who is a well-known, modern princess, they now have one. Isn’t that wonderful? She will always be our American princess.”
The group’s members share wedding updates and plans for gatherings, and they live in 91 countries on six of the seven continents.
“We’re actively looking for contacts in Antarctica,’’ Brillhart said. “They had their own Women’s March so we thought wouldn’t it be great for them to have their own little get-together for the wedding.”
Royal media commentator Eloise Parker in New York said much of the U.S. hype is due to Markle’s status not only as an American but a divorced one.
As for Harry, Parker said, he likely will never be king but, “people have a soft spot for him as the royal bad boy.”
For 31-year-old Esha Dev, who is Indian-american, the fact that Markle is a fellow woman of colour offers an added connection. “There’s definitely that, seeing that representation join the royal family,’’ she said.
Dev will host a viewing party, with mimosas, English tea and pastries. It will be come as you are, fascinators provided.
“The William and Kate wedding didn’t seem like such a big deal to me but this one has really stirred me up.” she said.
Kristin Contino in Philadelphia
will be marking the occasion in Windsor, flying in for the wedding with her husband in tow.
“I grew up loving the royal family,” she said. “I missed going over for William and Kate’s wedding so my husband said if Harry ever gets married we’ll go. He honestly thought Harry would never get married.’’
Gossip columnist Rob Shuter, a Brit, royal wedding podcaster and former executive editor of OK! Magazine, said, “I think this wedding is going to be a way for all of us to escape .... Who doesn’t need that right now?”
(She’s) kind of all of us and we could use a good news story right now.
The royal nuptials will take place on May 19 at windsor Castle, and fans are already planning their viewing parties.