Meghan Markle enters the chapel. Photo: Pool/ Reuters
” You seem astounding ,” Harry whispered as he caught first sight of her.” Thank you ,” she replied.
The bride’s African-American roots were referred throughout a service that put diversity at its heart. There was gospel music. There was the energy of the Chicago-born preacher, the
Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered his memorable address on the power of love with fist-pumping vitality, invoking Martin Luther King Jr and the resilience of religion during slavery.
His voice rose above the colorful banners of the Garter knights and echoed around the last resting place of British sovereigns through the centuries. Eyes widened and guests exchanged smiles. This was certainly not traditional royal wedding fare.” We gotta get y’all married ,” he ultimately told the couple as he brought the the 14 -minute address
Asked about his sermon after the service, Curry, the first black presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, said:” It was a real joyful thing because there was a sense in which you had the fullness of the church represented in many respects .”
He said the wedding had brought everybody together:” That happened today, in different ways, different songs, different perspectives, different worlds and all of it came together and gave God thanks .”
” You could feel the energy, the reverend was sensational … it was probably the best marriage I’ve ever been to. It will go down in history ,” the rugby player James Haskell, who was among the guests, told afterward. The American actor Josh Gad tweeted:” Watching the Brits watch an American preacher do his thing in Windsor is giving me a life right now. It’s like watching Metallica do a concert at the Old Globe .”
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A box office guest listing of 600 set Hollywood starrings alongside royalty. The actor George Clooney and lawyer spouse Amal, the queen of the talk demonstrates, Oprah Winfrey, and the queen of the tennis tribunals, Serena Williams, sat in the historic quire opposite the Queen, Prince Philip and a full quota of senior royals. Markle’s close friends the Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney and the fashion designer Misha Nonoo got VIP seats.
The performers Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Carey Mulligan were spotted, along with the chatshow host James Corden, David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John and Markle’s co-stars in the US legal drama Suits. Sporting heroes included the former England rugby union international Jonny Wilkinson. Harry’s former girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas were also there.
Ten bridesmaids and pageboys- aged between two and seven and including Prince George and Princess Charlotte- accompanied her as she strolled through the nave of the 15 th-century chapel. Only when she reached the quire did she take the limb of Prince Charles, acting as a last-minute stand-in to give her away in the absence of her parent, Thomas Markle Sr, 73, who is regaining from a heart procedure in Mexico.” Thank you, Pa ,” Harry murmured to him.
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Throughout Harry, in the frock coat uniform of a major in the Blues and Royals regiment, seemed more nervous than his bride, who showed no sign of stage fright. He had arrived with Prince William, his best man, who was similarly attired.
The mother of the bride, Doria Ragland, 61, a yoga instructor and social worker from Los Angeles, who had accompanied her to the church in the bridal vehicle, smiled throughout. As they filed in to witness the signing of the registers, Charles offered Ragland his arm.
Symbolism was woven into almost every aspect. The bride’s posy of springtime blooms contained several flowers from their garden handpicked by Harry. Forget-me-Nots be listed in memory of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Myrtle, from a plant grown by Queen Victoria, was incorporated as is traditional with royal brides.
Her five-metre-long silk tulle veil was trimmed with hand-embroidered blooms from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Two personal favourites were added: wintersweet, which grows in their Kensington Palace gardens, and California poppy, the state bloom from the bride’s place of birth. It was held in place by the Queen Mary diamond-and-platinum bandeau tiara- lent specially by the Queen.
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After the service, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerged into sunshine on the chapel steps.” Do we kiss ?” she whispered discreetly. “Yeah,” Harry replied.
The couple then built their route through Windsor’s streets in an Ascot landau pulled by four Windsor grey horses, and accompanied by a guard of the Household Cavalry, plumed and polished with breastplates and helmets gleaming.
Tens of thousands of spectators had lined the route. Windsor put on its best face, with three miles of bunting and thousands of flag-waving fans. Outside the castle grounds fans had travelled from far and wide.” There are people here from Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. It’s been great ,” said Thomas Defois, who travelled from Paris on Friday and slept overnight on the street.
As the carriage eventually pulled into the gated grounds of Windsor Castle, Harry appeared to say to his new bride:” I’m ready for a drink now”- at least, according to a lip reader.
Royal fans line the Long Stroll in Windsor towards the castle. Photo: David Mirzoeff/ PA
Inside St George’s Hall, where the Queen was hosting a lunchtime reception, there was Pol Roger Brut Reserve non-vintage champagne and a selection of wines for him and weddings guests to enjoy with canapes and bowl food. Sir Elton performed at the request of the groom.
Guests were said to be moved to tears as the Prince of Wales and newly marriage
Prince Harry devoted speeches at the lunchtime reception.
Harry was praised as he referred to Meghan as his wife, just a short time after the couple were wed.
Suhani Jalota, founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, described the speeches as “lovely”.
She told:” Some people were even exclaiming. I think it was just a very, very nice atmosphere to be in where everybody felt really loved.
” Essentially, it was just about how Harry was as a child and growing up. And now just about the couple and how beautiful they are together. So, I think it was just about their personalities and how they gel really well together.
” He was talking about his wife and you know everybody was clapping because it was the first time he was using that term for Meghan, so it was really nice .”
Meghan has been a strong supporter of the charity, which works with women in Indian slums to provide affordable feminine hygiene products. Jalota said:” She truly knows her stuff( about the cause ). She’s not in it only because it’s trendy but actually because it matters .”
Charles was due to host a most intimate dinner for 200 guests at nearby Frogmore House in the evening.
Thousands of miles in Mexico, Thomas Markle Sr was reportedly watching on television.” My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness ,” the celebrity website TMZ reported him saying.
He had, all too sadly, missed a few moments. His daughter had entered the chapel as Meghan Markle; she had left it as HRH Princess Henry of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel. She had claimed her place in history.