Published: Mon, May 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The extraordinary wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The extraordinary wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

If his mother, Diana, had been the people's princess then Harry has certainly become the people's prince, and the crowd made it clear that this was most definitely the people's wedding.

He said that "not at all" does it live up the fairytale.

To Markle, Harry said: "You look wonderful". Morgan also correctly predicted that Prince Charles would be the one to walk Markle down the aisle.

Britain's Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by the Prince Charles during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Harry, flanked by his brother and best man Prince William, looked emotional as he waited at the altar, dressed in the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals. The crowd could be faintly heard cheering outside as the couple were proclaimed husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the Church of England.

Other relatives in the ceremony included 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, the oldest children of William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy was also among the congregation, as was Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, the ex-wife of Harry's uncle Prince Andrew.

Many more people planned to rise early (or stay up all night) in the United States to watch as Harry, long a favorite with the British public for his irreverent good humor, tied the knot with his California-born bride.

The ceremony was over within an hour and Harry and Meghan took their first walk as a married couple out of the chapel - holding hands and beaming at each other - and into the sunny Windsor afternoon where they shared their first kiss as a married couple.

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Over the last 20 years since Diana's death, the royals have enjoyed much better media coverage with a sophisticated PR operation helping to turn round the perception of a hopelessly out-of-touch institution where the tribulations of the queen's children were played out in national newspapers.

"I feel like she is one of us!" she said. "It's much more relaxed, and I think that reflects who Harry is". "Ms. Markle wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress".

The newlyweds drove off in a 1968 Jaguar to Frogmore House where the second reception will be held. This time, their wheels came courtesy of a classic Jaguar E-Type convertible instead of a horse-drawn carriage.

"The Bride's evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe", the statement said. "This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power", Kensington Palace revealed as the first photos of the couple heading to their reception emerged.

The prince and his new wife, who are expected to be given a new title by the queen to mark their marriage, are not immediately leaving on honeymoon and will carry out their first official engagement as husband and wife next week. Harry is partial to traveling in Africa, so it's possible their destination may be somewhere there.

But after just two dates, he whisked her off to Botswana for a holiday, camping under the stars.

Kirka and Lawless reported from London.

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