THEY COME FROM AFAR FOR HARRY’S BIG DAY

Irish Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By Amy Mul­vaney

ROYAL fever has gripped ev­ery cor­ner of the nor­mally quiet English town of Wind­sor for the now im­mi­nent mar­riage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Dozens of fans have set up camp me­tres from Wind­sor Cas­tle, where the cou­ple will ex­change vows in St Ge­orge’s Chapel.

With bal­loons, sleep­ing bags and ev­ery piece of royal para­pher­na­lia they can lay their hands on, as well as pro­vi­sions, these men and women from around the globe prob­a­bly won’t need to leave their popup chairs until af­ter the wed­ding on Satur­day. Ed­wina Wilkie, from New Zealand, said she’ll be wait­ing on a bench out­side the cas­tle until Satur­day.

‘I’ll pretty much be stay­ing here until then,’ she told the Ir­ish Daily Mail. ‘I’m de­lighted to be here. I’ve made friends sit­ting here all day! I’m a big fan of Prince Harry and Prince Wil­liam. I think Meghan is go­ing to be a clas­sic bride. She has a re­ally good sense of style, I think she’ll look beau­ti­ful.’

An­other fan, Donna Werner trav­elled from Con­necti­cut in the US, for her sec­ond royal wed­ding, af­ter be­ing here for Prince Wil­liam and Kate Middleton’s nup­tials in 2011.

She also trav­elled to the UK for Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 90th birth­day in 2016, and has been camp­ing feet from the cas­tle since Tues­day morn­ing ahead of Harry and Meghan’s ar­rival.

‘I met my friend Faith here at the last royal wed­ding, and we said when Harry got mar­ried we were com­ing back here to­gether again. It’s been a lot of fun,’ she said.

When asked what it was that she loves about the royals so much that she’d travel across the At­lantic to see them, Ms Werner said: ‘We don’t have any­thing like this in the States. I mean, when you’re a lit­tle girl your par­ents read you bed­time sto­ries about fairy­tales and princes, princesses, kings and queens.

‘And the prince comes along and sweeps the com­mon lit­tle girl who has noth­ing off her feet and takes her away to the cas­tle, and this is a real life fairy­tale. This is some­thing that will prob­a­bly never hap­pen in any of our lives and it’s just fun. I mean, with all of the trou­ble go­ing on in the world to­day, it’s just fun. It’s just a love-fest here. The ex­cite­ment in the air, I love ev­ery minute of it.’

Lift­ing the crowds’ spirit even fur­ther was the scorch­ing sun, with tem­per­a­tures ex­pected to reach 22 de­grees in Wind­sor for the big day. De­spite traf­fic re­stric­tions, busi­nesses in the area are thriv­ing and have decked out their shop win­dows with bunting and pictures of the happy cou­ple. The world’s me­dia have a strong pres­ence in and around the cas­tle, with re­porters and cam­eras peek­ing out of ev­ery cor­ner.

With what’s set to be the big­gest royal event of the year, se­cu­rity is at an all-time high in the town.

And royal fans’ ex­cite­ment was in­ten­si­fied when Harry and Meghan them­selves en­tered the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle to meet with Meghan’s mother Do­ria Ragland and have tea with the Queen. Prince Wil­liam and Kate Middleton were also seen en­ter­ing the grounds, which was Kate’s first sight­ing in pub­lic since wel­com­ing third child Louis in April.

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