Harry and Meghan right to Spice up their wedding
The Spice Girls performing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is so wrong it’s right. What other member of the Royal Family would book the cheesiest band of the 1990s — one we loved then and still do.
This week Mel B let slip on US chat show The Real she had been invited to the Big Day on May 19, as had the other four band members. When asked if they were going to perform, she said: “I need to go, I’m going to get fired.”
We’ll take that as a yes then, motormouth Mel.
Meghan is reported to have been a fan of the group and Harry famously met them in 1997 in South Africa with Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela.
The band, who admittedly are now less Girl Power and bordering on Gran Power, recently confirmed they would be reforming for projects. To be honest, even if they weren’t getting back together, I reckon they’d pull on their platforms one more time if it meant snagging an invite to the royal wedding.
David and Victoria Beckham attended Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials, but this time the whole posse gets a golden ticket in exchange for belting out Who Do You Think You Are (answer: HRH.)
The best wedding receptions have long included a live band and particularly in the UK, a surprise act like an Elvis impersonator who comes on around 11pm when everyone is tanked up on bubbly and beer and thinks they are the best thing they have ever seen. At my sister’s wedding in Britain, the Tom Jones impersonator did his act three times in a row because the audience wouldn’t let him go home.
This is no different, it’s just Harry and Meghan have both the cachet and cash so they can book the real deal. No Splice Girlz for them, they can get Victoria Beckham, Geri Horner, Mel B and C and Emma Bunton to give it one last Holler.
“The Spice Girls playing at their wedding is the best idea ever,” says Alexis Teasdale, managing editor of Cosmo Bride, who says Aussie couples are increasingly booking bands who play nostalgic hits.
Wedding Experts’ founder Jennie Keogh agrees: “The biggest trend in weddings is personalisation, making the wedding reflect who the couple are, rather than what their friends, family or society expects. It sounds like it’s going to be a fabulous night — the cheesier the better, this is all about them loving life.”
Harry has also, quite frankly, got to go one better than his brother’s bash in 2011 at Buckingham Palace, which featured a post-dinner twohour set by Ellie Goulding, followed by DJs and fireworks.
“It was simply magical — the best party ever,” a guest said at the time.
Bit hard to top that, but our Harry’s up for a challenge and if there’s one thing he knows how to do well it’s to Spice Up Your Life.
After all, this is a prince who Never Gives Up On The Good Times. And When 2 Become 1, they Wannabe Saturday Night Divas. You just have to Say You’ll Be There.
Forget the wedding of the year, this is set to be the party of the decade. Now, how does one get an invite?
“The cheesier the better, this is all about them loving life