We gotta get y’all mar­ried

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HARRY & MEGHAN - ELLEN WHINNETT IN WIND­SOR

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.

Pic­ture: AFP.

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.

Pic­tures: AP.

Queen El­iz­a­beth (left) was among the guests, as were a very cute young Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte.

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