Harry and Meghan right to Spice up their wed­ding

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - PARNELL KERRY TWIT­TER.COM/KERRYPARNELL

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

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