Every day, we’re getting closer and closer to the wedding of the year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which will take place on May 19, 2018, is less than two months away!
And just a few days ago, in mid-March, the lovebirds sent out their wedding invitation. The invitation is beautiful — it has all the ceremony details listed in stunning script, and features the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales.
Invitations to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, which will take place at Windsor Castle on May 19, have been issued in the name of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Guests have been invited to the service at St George's Chapel and to the lunchtime reception at St George's Hall, which is being given by Her Majesty The Queen. The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @barnard_and_westwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. 📷 @pa
The invitation looks lovely, but royal fans have noticed something interesting about the invitation: it doesn’t include Meghan’s full name!
That’s right, there’s part of Meghan’s name missing from the invitation — but was it a mistake or intentional?
Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's engagement photographs. The couple are so grateful for the warm and generous messages they have received during such a happy time in their lives. As a way to say thank you, they have decided to share this candid photograph from the day of their portrait sittings directly with all of you.
Meghan’s actual name is Rachel Meghan Markle, but she’s gone by her middle name for almost her entire life.
It might seem like no big deal that they left “Rachel” off the invitation, but it does seem to go against the Queen’s insistence on following protocol.
When Queen Elizabeth issued her formal consent for the wedding, she referred to Meghan as Rachel Meghan Markle. “I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle,” she wrote in a note to her Privy Council.
So why does the invitation only refer to her as Meghan Markle? A royal etiquette expert on Twitter explains that it’s all about personal choice. Because the invitations are not as formal as the Queen’s granting of consent for the wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan probably had more of a say on what names were on the invitations.
Some fans have pointed out another fascinating detail: Meghan and Harry’s invitation refers to Meghan as “Ms. Meghan Markle,” while Kate and William’s wedding referred to Catherine as “Miss Catherine Middleton.”
Meghan is referred to as “Ms.” instead of “Miss” because she was married before. Fascinating, isn’t it?
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married. The Prince of Wales made this announcement this morning: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty, The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
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