‘Don’t underestimate it, there is power in love. Love is the way’

THERE WAS A SIM­PLE GOWN AND A SPIRITED SER­MON IN A WED­DING LIKE NONE BE­FORE IT, WRITES ANNETTE SHARP

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HARRY & MEGHAN -

IT will be re­mem­bered as a Wind­sor royal wed­ding like none be­fore it.

The wed­ding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle made his­tory by blend­ing two cul­tures, merg­ing con­ser­vatism with moder­nity and do­ing what was once con­sid­ered un­think­able by con­ser­va­tive royal de­cree — mak­ing a royal duchess of a di­vorced Amer­i­can ac­tress.

It also touch­ingly brought the children of divorce — which bride and groom both are — in from the cold in a cer­e­mony presided over by the head of the Church of Eng­land her­self, Queen El­iz­a­beth, bet­ter known to the groom as “Granny”.

Some 600 guests crowded into his­toric St Ge­orge’s for yes­ter­day’s 9am ser­vice which was con­ducted by two re­li­gious lead­ers, Bri­tain’s Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury Justin Welby and North Carolina Epis­co­pal Rev­erend Michael Curry, an Amer­i­can with a sim­ple mes­sage “Love is the only way. There is power in love — don’t underestimate it.”

The bride, wear­ing a white gown by Bri­tish de­signer Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, walked down the aisle on the arm of her soon to be fa­therin-law Prince Charles, the fu­ture King of Eng­land — her own fa­ther, Thomas Markle, hav­ing sent his apolo­gies from Mex­ico.

Her hus­band-to-be, Prince Harry, sixth in line to the Bri­tish throne, was wait­ing for Markle at the al­tar in reg­i­men­tal dress at­tended by his best man, older brother Prince Wil­liam.

A global tele­vi­sion au­di­ence of two bil­lion sat glued as the 33- year-old groom turned to his fu­ture wife, 36, and said: “You look amaz­ing.”

“Thanks, Pa,” he then of­fered to his fa­ther in morn­ing suit.

Be­fore Bri­tain’s longestreign­ing monarch and her hus­band of 70 years, Prince Philip, the cou­ple vowed to have and to hold, to hon­our and cher­ish, for bet­ter or worse, ’til death us do part as Prince Harry slipped a band of Welsh gold onto his bride’s fin­ger.

The cer­e­mony opened with Han­del’s Eter­nal Source of Light Divine, an ode writ­ten for an 18th cen­tury queen, be­fore a gospel choir sang Amer­i­can soul singer Ben E. King’s classic Stand By Me, a nod to the bride’s AfricanAmer­i­can roots and her mother Do­rio Ragland, the only mem­ber of her fam­ily to at­tend.

There were no brides­maids at­tend­ing the bride.

In­stead Markle, who will hence­forth be ti­tled Duchess of Sus­sex, was at­tended by a group of 10 young children in­clud­ing Prince Ge­orge, 4, and his sis­ter Char­lotte, 3.

Join­ing Ge­orge and Char­lotte in the tiny bridal troupe were Prince Harry’s god­chil­dren Florence van Cut­sem, 3, and Zalie War­ren, 2. Rep­re­sent­ing the bride were Meghan’s two god­daugh­ters, Remi and Ry­land Litt, aged 6 and 7, and the children of Markle’s friend Jes­sica Mul­roney, Ivy Mul­roney, 4, and her twin broth­ers Brian and John Mul­roney, aged seven.

The cost of the wed­ding has re­mained a

secret but es­ti­mates put the to­tal at $60 mil­lion, with the royals foot­ing bill.

About 600 in­vited guests went to the re­cep­tion hosted by the Queen in the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle. Last night 200 guests

were danc­ing the night away at a post-wed­ding func­tion.

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