‘Why I’ll be watching’
Royal fan’s hopes and predictions
JULIEANNE Reid has high expectations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding tonight.
After all, it was the fairytale nuptials between Harry’s parents Diana and Charles in 1981 that ignited her passion and life-long interest in the royal family.
“I was 14 when Princess Di got married and everyone at that time wanted to find their prince,” Ms Reid said.
“She was so young and so beautiful.”
Ms Reid, whose Hervey Bay home is filled with an extensive collection of royal memorabilia, is certain the former US actress is the perfect match for Harry and his extended family.
“I’ve been watching lots and lots of TV ahead of the wedding,” she laughed.
“I think Meghan is gorgeous and I think she is going to make a great mate for Kate. I think they will be besties.
“I think Diana would be proud. It’s a shame she couldn’t be there.”
The only thing that has soured the highly anticipated event, Ms Reid said, was the controversy surrounding Meghan’s family. Ms Reid wasn’t able to have her own father at her wedding and empathises with the young brideto-be.
“The whole debacle with her dad is terrible,” she said.
“My dad couldn’t make it to my wedding a week out because he was called away on a 30-day trip so my brother had to walk me down the aisle.
“My brother did a really good job and I think her mother will too, but I really do sympathise with her in that regard.
“I think it will still be a magic day but people really have to stop judging others.”
Ms Reid plans to crack open a few Great Northern beers, prepare some nibbles and get comfy on the couch for the live broadcast tonight. And while she hopes to get a good glimpse of the dress, it’s the pint-sized royals she’s looking forward to seeing the most.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the dress like everyone else but the kids, George and Charlotte - they will be so cute,” she said.
“I really want to see them run amok ... there’s always one and I’m going to put my money on George.
“You could imagine poor Kate. She would be mortified. He’s got spunk that boy. He’ll make a great king one day.”
Watch the royal wedding live on most channels from 7.30pm AEST. About 8.20pm AEST the royal family will reportedly arrive, with the Queen entering the chapel last, as is tradition.
RIGHT ROYAL FAN: Life-long royal fan Julieanne Reid will be watching the highly anticipated wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle tonight.