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
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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