For months, there have been rumours about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement so no one was surprised when they finally announced it to the world. However, everyone was a bit shocked when they announced their wedding date.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said Harry and Meghan will tie the knot in Spring 2018, meaning that they have only six months on their hands before they become man and wife.
The news from Kensington Palace suggests that Harry and Meghan will wed at Windsor Castle's St. George Chapel in a few months time. Unlike other weddings that take place in the royal household, Harry and his sweetheart will play an active role in choosing the flowers, music, cake and perhaps drawing up the guest list.
The spokesperson said their wedding will reflect their personalities and from their first joint interview, we can safely say that the couple will introduce a fun element and do away with at least some traditions.
They're probably busy scanning fashion designers and meeting with florists for their big day. After all, an event as huge as this usually takes many months to prepare and Harry has only six months on his hands.
We hope that Harry's elder brother William is giving him some advice on how to go about wedding preparations. The Duke of Cambridge also tied the knot five months after he asked Kate to marry him.
We're not sure what impelled William and Kate to walk down the aisle so soon after their engagement but Harry reportedly wants the wedding to take place soon so that he can accommodate everyone in his family.
Harry really wants his grandfather Prince Philip to be present on his big day. At 96, Queen Elizabeth II's husband has retired from public service and Harry doesn't want anyone to be absent when he promises to love Meghan at the St. George Chapel.
A source told Entertainment Tonight, "He's incredibly close to his grandfather and, being 96, Harry thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy."
The source added, "The second reason is that he wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen." Harry and Meghan's wedding will be quite intimate, according to the source, who said they were united on wanting a wedding that is smaller than William's.
St. George's Chapel is the same place where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were blessed for their wedding in 2005. "I know it doesn't sound small with 800 people, but by royal standards, it is smaller.
And, Windsor is also really special place to Prince Harry. He spent a lot of childhood there, went to school there [and] it’s where he spends a lot of time as an adult with his grandmother," the source said.
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