Putting on the ritz with touch of glitz

Hol­ly­wood roy­alty min­gled with Bri­tish blue bloods in an event that united both sides of the At­lantic, writes Kerry Parnell

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

THIS was the best royal wed­ding ever.

For­get a fab­u­lous frock and posh peo­ple in hats, the mar­riage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was, quite frankly, fan­tas­tic.

The cou­ple de­clared they wanted less pomp and that’s what we got with the most egal­i­tar­ian yet glam­orous guest list ever.

It was a meet­ing of real roy­alty and Hol­ly­wood roy­alty as the pair tossed out the toffs and in­stead in­vited their celebrity bud­dies, char­ity work­ers and dig­ni­taries.

Out were rel­lies such as Lady Amelia and Lady Gabriella Wind­sor, and in were Ge­orge and Amal Clooney, Oprah, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Ser­ena Wil­liams, El­ton John, Carey Mul­li­gan, and David and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham.

And despite Meghan’s feral fam­ily, who threat­ened to drown the big day in a tsunami of head­lines — not least hav­ing her no-show fa­ther sadly still listed in the or­der of ser­vice — in the end she turned the Markle De­ba­cle back into sparkle and had the fairy­tale wed­ding she’d al­ways hoped for.

God knows what the Royal Fam­ily re­ally thought be­hind the scenes.

But with Prince Charles step­ping up to walk Meghan down the aisle, Prince Philip man­ag­ing to hob­ble into the chapel despite be­ing 96 and re­cov­er­ing from a hip op­er­a­tion, and Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge, fronting up less than four weeks af­ter giv­ing birth to Prince Louis, Buck­ing­ham Palace has come out of this with HRH ha­los.

Not since Grace Kelly wed Prince Rainier III in 1956 have we had such a

Hol­ly­wood wed­ding — and this was show­biz cen­tral.

There has sim­ply been noth­ing quite like this be­fore and it was bloody bril­liant.

The de­signer dresses, the A-list faces, the sight of the Suits cast in­clud­ing Har­vey Specter, Mike Ross, Jes­sica Pear­son and Donna Paulsen, seated amid the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Wil­liam and Cather­ine was price­less.

Still, Harry was al­ways go­ing to do things his way.

Meghan, of course, looked ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful in a dress dreams are made of — even if the pre-event was a night­mare.

It was made by sur­prise choice Bri­tish de­signer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.

And, like a nor­mal bride, she had friends and fam­ily’s adorable children fol­low her into church as page­boys and brides­maids. Quite right — you don’t need a load of mini Hooray Hen­rys and Hen­ri­et­tas you have never even met trail­ing you up the aisle like they won a Who’s Who con­test.

The whole thing was just per­fect — from the Markle mess to the divine dress, the fa­ther­less bride to the lovedup car­riage ride.

If this is a mod­ern royal wed­ding, then ding dong, bring it on.

Suits star Gina Tor­res (left), and ac­tor Idris Elba with his fi­ancee Sab­rina Dhowre.

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