‘Why I’ll be watch­ing’

Royal fan’s hopes and pre­dic­tions

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - KERRIE ALEXAN­DER

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.

Photo: Alis­tair Bright­man

RIGHT ROYAL FAN: Life-long royal fan Julieanne Reid will be watch­ing the highly an­tic­i­pated wed­ding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle tonight.

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