We gotta get y’all married
FOR a wedding — even a royal wedding — it broke all the rules. There was no vow “to obey”. No grandiose cake. No father walking the bride down the aisle.
And in a simple romantic gesture demonstrating the depth of his love for his bride, Prince Harry became the first of the Windsor princes in recent times to wear a wedding band.
The very modern marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — who will now take the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex — began as the divorced American actor walked into church alone. It ended when she emerged as the newest member of the British royal family.
In an emotional ceremony blending ancient British tradition and American gospel, African-American Bishop Michael Bruce Curry (pictured below) told the happy couple: “We gotta get y’all married.”
Meghan arrived with an army of flowergirls and pageboys, including Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, her new nephew and niece.
Dressed in an elegant Givenchy gown, a flowing veil and a diamond tiara loaned by the Queen, the 36year-old bride walked the first part of the aisle alone before Prince Charles joined her for the final steps to meet Prince Harry, 33, at the altar. Harry said, “Thank you, Pa’’ as Meghan joined him and the pair gazed into each other’s eyes. He then whispered, “You look amazing’’, adding “I’m shitting it”, at which Meghan broke into giggles.
During the service, Harry, the sixth in line to the throne, presented Meghan with a wedding ring made by the royal warrant holders Cleave and Company, fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold gifted by the Queen. Harry accepted a platinum wedding band.
The marriage took place on a beautiful spring day and was a fun, joyous event with barely a hint of royal stuffiness.
American Episcopal Church preacher the Most Reverend Michael Curry gave a fired-up reading with ad-lib flourishes, starting and ending with quotes from Martin Luther King. He addressed the rarefied audience as “brothers and sisters”, booming: “I didn’t walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here.”
With Prince William visibly red in the face as he tried to suppress his amusement at the preacher, even Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stifled their laughter. The Queen and Prince Philip looked less amused.
The pair then took their vows before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, pledging to love, honour and protect each other as long as they live.
All senior members of the royal family — the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie — were in the medieval St George’s Chapel at Windsor. Prince William was best man.
The only direct member of Meghan’s family in church was her mother Doria Ragland, who fought back tears as the bride and groom exchanged vows.
With the wedding over, the newlyweds emerged from the chapel to cheers from the crowd, before embarking on a ride through the streets of Windsor in an open-topped carriage drawn by four grey horses, accompanied by trumpet fanfares.
Sealed with a kiss. The happy couple give the crowds what they were after when they emerge from the wedding ceremony.
The look of love from Prince Harry and Meghan as they take a carriage ride through Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth (left) was among the guests, as were a very cute young Prince George and Princess Charlotte.