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Harry & Meghan:
They are married!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are husband and wife. Here you can find all the information about the royal dream wedding.
In a moving ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at Windsor Castle. The bride wore a simple, elegant, white dress by Givenchy with a long veil and train and a diamond-sparkling tiara, Prince Harry a dark parade uniform.
The 600 guests in the chapel included numerous celebrities such as actors, musicians and sports stars. In the park of the castle, more than 2,500 invited guests from the local population watched the ceremony on the big screen during a picnic, in which traditional elements of the Anglican Church were combined with Afro-American gospel. Tens of thousands lined the streets of Windsor during the subsequent carriage ride of the newlyweds in bright sunshine, while millions of people watched the celebration in front of the television.
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Prince Harry and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, looked visibly touched during the ceremony in St. George's Chapel and the bride and groom held each other's hands as they said yes. In addition to Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip and numerous other members of the royal family, there were celebrities such as Hollywood star George Clooney with his wife Amal, US star presenter Oprah Winfrey, tennis star Serena Williams with her husband Alexis Ohanian and football icon David Beckham came to the celebration with his wife Victoria.
During the ceremony in the chapel, memories of the late Diana echoed: her sister Jane Fellowes read from the Song of Solomon, and the wedding congregation sang a hymn that had been sung during Diana's funeral. The service combined Anglican tradition and African American elements. A gospel choir sang the soul classic "Stand By Me". The black pastor Michael Curry, head of the Anglican Church in the USA, gave a fiery sermon, quoted Martin Luther King and spoke about the healing effects of the spirituals sung by slaves. Meghan's mother is descended from slaves.
There have been positive reactions on the Internet: "I can hardly believe a pastor talking about slave spirituals at a goddamn royal wedding. Welcome to the 21st century!" wrote a user. Another commented: "I never thought I would hear quotations from Martin Luther King at a royal wedding." TV presenter Piers Morgan posted a picture of Curry on the Internet with the comment: "My new hero!"
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Lamb, chicken and asparagus for the guests
At the reception at Windsor Castle in the afternoon, Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding guests stay among themselves. The palace has announced what they are eating. The appetizers included asparagus with ham and asparagus with tomatoes and mozzarella, poached chicken, lamb from the region, pea risotto, belly meat and apple compote. The toast will include champagne and wine. Heir to the throne Prince Charles, Harry and Meghan give speeches. Harry's brother and best man, Prince William, will host the event.
The program also includes cutting the wedding cake in front of around 600 guests. The fact that the bridal couple did without the traditional heavy fruit cake is seen as one of many signals that Harry and Meghan want to bring a breath of fresh air into the royal family. The cake contains, among other things, elderflower syrup from the lands of the Queen. 150 flowers serve as decorations, most of them from Great Britain.
Harry and Meghan celebrate without a spectator
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have returned to the castle after a carriage ride through Windsor to celebrate with their wedding guests - without cameras. Initially, there was a reception for the approximately 600 guests at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II in the St. George's Hall right next to the chapel of the same name on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
From 8 p.m., the evening reception of Harry's father, Prince Charles, will take place in Frogmore House, about two kilometers away, an idyllic property on the castle grounds.
The wedding cake
The royal wedding cake is here! The cake will taste like lemons and elderberries. Cost: 56,000 euros.
Meghan and Harry's wedding cake is baked by Claire Ptak. She was previously interviewed by Prince Harry's future wife for her lifestyle blog "The Tig".
A kiss and a carriage ride
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have left the church. There was the first kiss to cheer on. This is unusual for British royals, but it suits the couple.
Then the newly wedded couple drives through the streets of Windsor by carriage.
Yes I do!
Meghan and Harry stand in front of the altar and talk. The prince is visibly delighted with his bride. "Yes, I do," they both breath. The couple seem very, very happy, love is clearly in the air here.
After the performances of a priest from the USA and that of a gospel choir, Harry and Meghan take their wedding vows. What is noticeable here is that only the first name is mentioned and not all names, as is the case with previous royal weddings. The two put the rings on each other's fingers and are now husband and wife. The Archbishop of Canterbury declares the couple husband and wife. "What God has brought together, man should not separate," says the Archbishop and puts the couple's hands together.
Meghan's wedding ring is made of Welsh gold and a gift from the Queen, Harry's ring is made of platinum. Meghan renounced the promise of "obedience" to her groom in her wedding vows. Before the marriage vows, a gospel choir sang the 1960s hit "Stand by me" by the US musician Ben E. King, who died in 2015. Outside the castle, cheers broke out again and again, which could be heard in the church.
Wedding dress by designer Clare Waight Keller
Meghan's wedding dress was designed for Givenchy by British designer Clare Waight Keller. Meghan met Keller earlier this year and decided on her, Kensington Palace announced on Saturday at the beginning of the wedding. The white dress is floor-length, simple, has long sleeves and a boat neckline. Meghan opted for pure white because it looks fresh and modern. There was speculation about it in advance, as it is Meghan's second marriage.
Forget-me-nots are incorporated into the bridal bouquet - the favorite flowers of Harry's mother Diana, who died in 1997. The couple wanted to remember and honor Diana on this special day. There were also flowers in the bouquet that Harry himself had picked the day before from the private garden of Kensington Palace.
In the long veil of the bride symbols are worked, which are supposed to represent all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The flower motifs are supposed to represent the flora of the 53 countries. Designer Keller attached great importance to the fact that each of the symbols was unique. Meghan also wore a tiara that the Queen lent her. According to the palace, the diamond-studded tiara dates from 1932.
The arrival of the bride
Meghan Markle is just getting out of the car. She wears a simple wedding dress, it comes from Givenchy.
The fanfares are playing, Meghan walks down the aisle of the church, behind her the flower children. Prince Charles leads his daughter-in-law to the altar.
The flower children are coming
The flower children come with their mothers. There are of course Prince George and Princess Charlotte. George wears long trousers - a first for the boy!
Arrival of the Queen
Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip have arrived. The Queen wore yellow at William and Kate's wedding. Today she wears green, the color of hope.
The groom is here!
Prince Harry and Prince William have just arrived. The groom wears the Royal Navy gala uniform. He was recently made an Honorary Colonel, taking over from his grandfather Prince Philip. His brother and best man William also wears a uniform.
Prince Harry is visibly excited and has a lively conversation with his "best man" William in order to keep his nervousness under control.
Waiting for the groom
The guests have already taken their seats in the church. Prince Harry and his brother and best man Prince William are expected soon. As already mentioned, you will also find numerous top stars among the guests - including George Clooney. From Meghan's family, only her mother Doria Raglan is there, her father could not come after a heart operation, Harry's bride has no contact with the rest of the clan. Her surrogate family is there for this, namely her "Suits" colleagues.
Meghan's fellow actors knew about their relationship with Prince Harry from the start, but kept tight.
The bride is on the way
Parts of the royal family, including Prince Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward with their families, have already arrived at Windsor Castle. Meghan Markle is on her way to the wedding in a Rolls Royce. Her mother Doria Raglan is sitting next to her.
Meghan's wedding ring is a gift from the Queen
Meghan's wedding ring is made of Welsh gold and is a gift from the Queen. The palace announced this on Saturday shortly before Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry. Its ring is made of platinum. Both pieces of jewelry were made by the jeweler Cleave and Company.
Harry will also wear a wedding ring
The fact that not only Meghan but also Harry will wear a wedding ring is possibly surprising news for the British. His older brother Prince William (35), for example, does not wear one. Prince Philip is also ringless, Prince Charles wears a wedding ring rather hidden together with the signet ring. Wedding rings for men have no tradition with the royals.
Boos for Victoria Beckham
Harry's ex-girlfriends are there
As already mentioned in advance, Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry's first great love, is also present at the wedding.
Also invited is Cressida Bonas, with whom Prince Harry was in a relationship before Meghan Markle.
Pippa Middleton shouldn't be missing either
At William and Kate's wedding, their sister Pippa nearly stole the show from the bride. After her appearance as a bridesmaid, her sexy bottom was reported for a long time, and the word Pippa-Po was born. Pippa is now married herself and is expecting her first child.
Top stars at the royal wedding
Not only Meghan Markle's "Suits" colleagues, but numerous top stars come to the wedding. The 600 guests at the royal wedding include George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, James Blunt, Serena Williams and Idris Elba.
Prince Harry's uncle, Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer has also already arrived.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be named Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding. Queen Elizabeth II is pleased to have transferred a duchy to Prince Harry, Buckingham Palace announced a few hours before the wedding. "His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel."
Prince Harry will be addressed as "HRH the Duke of Sussex" and Meghan will be addressed as "HRH the Duchess of Sussex".
Meghan's "Suits" colleagues are there
Meghan Markle has ended her acting career, but she has not yet forgotten about her colleagues from the TV series "Suits", which made her famous. Of course, her former co-stars will be there live at the Windsor wedding. Three of them, namely Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres and Rick Hoffman, were guests on the "Today" show on Friday and talked about the royal wedding.
Looking forward to the big day
Today is the big day! I said yes in front of 600 guests, carriage ride between more than 100,000 onlookers, millions in front of the TV: The wedding of Prince Harry (33) and Meghan Markle (36) on this Saturday thrilled royal fans around the globe. The service at Windsor Castle west of London begins at 1 p.m. (CEST).
A good hour later, the sixth of the British line of succession and the former US actress appear in an open carriage outdoors. The small town has been in a state of emergency for days. In London, too, thousands celebrate the couple at public viewing and parties.
Preparations are in full swing. Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland arrived at the Cliveden House Hotel early on Saturday morning.
Prince Charles leads Meghan to the altar
Prince Charles will lead Meghan Markle to the altar on Saturday at her wedding to Prince Harry. The Kensington Palace announced on Friday. The bride's father, Thomas Markle, who was originally intended for the role, cannot come to the wedding after a heart operation.
"Miss Meghan Markle has asked HRH the Prince of Wales to accompany her to the altar on her wedding day," the palace said. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to welcome Miss Markle into the Royal Family in this way."
Meghan's father, who lives in Rosarito, Mexico, had a heart operation on Wednesday. Markle senior had suggested that his divorced wife Doria Ragland take his place and lead their daughter to the altar.
Planned meeting with the Queen
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their mother will meet 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor on Friday. An afternoon tea - tea with small sandwiches and cakes - may be planned.
61-year-old Ragland is a social worker. Harry was already praising his future mother-in-law. Harry has not yet met Meghan's father Thomas Markle.
The countdown to the royal wedding is on
For Harry and Meghan's dream wedding, it will be tight in the town of Windsor on Saturday. The police are expecting more than 100,000 visitors. The city on the Thames may only be entered under increased security precautions. If the rush is too big, the entrances could be closed in the morning.
The weather seems to be playing along: The temperatures should rise to around 20 degrees, the sky will be almost free of clouds. That was "the best wedding weather," said a British meteorologist. Many fans of the Royals - also from abroad - have already traveled in the past few days to secure the best seats.
That is how important the wedding is to the British
Almost every second Briton (46 percent) is indifferent to the wedding, according to a YouGov survey. Almost a third of Harry and Meghan's big day made them feel happy. Four percent of Britons turn their stomachs at the thought of the pomp. Just as many are angry. Three percent just find it embarrassing.
The Kensington Palace did not publish a guest list, but an illustrious crowd is expected. Among them will probably also be celebrities from the film and music industry. Insiders expect the superstar Elton John ("Candle in the Wind"), among others. He was friends with Harry's mother Diana, who was killed in a car accident over 20 years ago. According to the palace, politicians are not invited, after all, the celebration is private.
The big day at a glance
After the hour-long service, Harry and Meghan will take a 25-minute ride in an open carriage through Windsor. The route is about three kilometers long. Meanwhile, the approximately 600 guests go to the palace for Queen Elizabeth II's lunchtime reception. In the evening, Harry's father, Prince Charles, the couple's friends and family members are invited to a reception at Frogmore House, an idyllic building on the castle grounds.
Meghan and Harry spotted in Windsor
Now it's getting serious: Two days before their wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were spotted in Windsor on Thursday. According to British media, they met Queen Elizabeth II there for tea.
Meghan's mother meets the Queen
On the occasion, Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, should meet the royal family for the first time.
In photos in British tabloids, a smiling Meghan and a serious-looking Harry could be seen in the car. Prince William and Duchess Kate were also seen leaving Kensington Palace for Windsor. According to reports, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will also be present at the meeting.
Meghan Markle confirms her father's rejection
Two days before her wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has confirmed that her father Thomas Markle cannot come to the major event in Windsor. "Sadly, my father won't be attending our wedding," she said on Thursday.
"I have always cared about my father and I hope that he can be given the space he needs to concentrate on his health," the bride said in the statement circulated by the Kensington Palace. At the same time, Meghan thanked everyone who had sent "messages of support" to her and Harry. This let Meghan know "how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday".
Meghan's father, who lives in Mexico, had a heart operation on Wednesday. As the celebrity portal "TMZ" reported, the 73-year-old survived the operation, in which up to three stents were used to keep blood vessels open. Previously, there had been a stir about posed paparazzi photos of Thomas Markle, which he had taken of himself despite the Kensington Palace's requests for discretion. A few days ago, according to "TMZ", Markle Senior suffered a heart attack. In the past few days he had made contradicting statements about his participation in the wedding before the heart operation forced him to cancel.
According to the palace's original information, Thomas Markle was supposed to lead his daughter to the altar. Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, divorced from Thomas Markle, is now being discussed as a replacement.
Are Meghan's relatives crashing the wedding?
Will Meghan Markle's relatives who have come from the USA make Saturday's wedding a disaster?
Meghan's half-sister is involved in a car accident
Meghan's half-sister Samantha Grant, who lives in the US, is said to have been involved in a car accident, according to a media report. She broke an ankle and injured her knee, reported the American celebrity website "TMZ", citing Grant's partner. The accident on Monday in the US state of Florida is said to have been triggered by a paparazzi, according to "TMZ", who jostled in front of Grant's car to get a better photo of her.
Markle's relationship with her half-sister is considered difficult; the two should not have been in contact for a long time. The 36-year-old Markle wants to marry the British Prince Harry on Saturday. Half-sister Grant is reportedly working on a book called "The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister".
The wedding is being rehearsed
The carriage ride has already been rehearsed in Windsor so that everything runs smoothly on Saturday.
Windsor Castle becomes a fortress
Meghan practiced meeting the Queen
Months before Meghan Markle was introduced to Queen Elizabeth, the actress had practiced the most important thing: How to behave properly at tea time with her groom's grandmother. "Well, she learned it all here," said British operator of the Rose Tree Cottage tea room in Pasadena, California, Edmund Fry. Markle kept coming to tea time with friends.
And the 36-year-old was apparently very clever. "On a scale from one to ten, she would probably have gotten a 9.5 when she graduated from us," said Fry, who always serves tea in tails and white gloves. "But I have to say that because I want her to come back for the remaining half point," added the 77-year-old with a wink.
Harry's bride kept hearing from Fry that the handle of the mug should always be at three o'clock and the spoon between six and twelve o'clock. Fry Markle certainly didn't need to say that you don't slurp, jingle your spoon or blow your nose with a napkin. According to his own statements, however, he pointed out the bad habit of rearranging objects on a tea table.
They also practiced eating typical tea side dishes such as sandwiches and scones. Fry teaches that these should be cut in half lengthways. The halves coated with jam and "clotted cream", a particularly thick cream, should by no means be folded because they would then look like a "hamburger" and the spread would run out unattractively.
Meghan Markle has proven to be a "very relaxed" and at the same time "very controlled" table companion, said Fry. "She will always have a table here, and so will Harry, of course."
The wedding dresses of the royal brides
The details of Meghan Markle's wedding dress remain top secret until the wedding, but the royal family gives a review of the dresses of the royal brides of the last decades on Twitter to get in the mood.
Elton John sings at the wedding
There had been speculations for a long time about an appearance by Elton John at the royal wedding. Now the singer, who was good friends with Prince Harry's late mother Diana and dedicated his song "Candle in the Wind" to her, is actually supposed to perform.
Meghan's father underwent heart surgery
Meghan Markle's father Thomas is definitely not coming to his daughter's wedding. According to a media report, he has had a successful heart operation and will have to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover. The bride's father told "TMZ" that, wrote the US online magazine on Thursday night on its website.
If this is confirmed, the 73-year-old's participation in Meghan's wedding with Prince Harry in Windsor Castle on Saturday would in fact be ruled out. He is doing well, but after the operation on Wednesday it will "take a long time to recover," the celebrity portal quoted Thomas Markle, who lives in seclusion in Rosarito, Mexico and in the USA. After the procedure, the following applies to him: "I mustn't get upset." According to "TMZ", Markle had to operate because of a heart attack and have several stents inserted - medical implants that keep blood vessels open.
More than 100,000 visitors are expected in Windsor west of London on Saturday for the wedding of the year. British media speculated who could lead Meghan to the altar instead of her father. Most believe Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland (61). Meghan gets along brilliantly with the social worker and yoga teacher. Ragland had made his way from California to London on Wednesday.
Charlotte and George are the flower children
Princess Charlotte (3) and Prince George (4) will appear as flower children at the wedding of their uncle Prince Harry (33) with Meghan Markle (36) on Saturday in Windsor. The Kensington Palace announced on Wednesday. Have the children accompany the bride on her way to the altar and later out of the church.
The children of Prince William (35) and Duchess Kate (36) had their last public appearance shortly after the birth of their youngest sibling, Prince Louis, on April 23. The two tripped to St. Mary's maternity hospital in Paddington, London, holding Papa William's hand. Charlotte enchanted the waiting journalists and Royal fans as she waved to the crowd.
A total of ten children should scatter flowers for the newlyweds. The palace will not announce details of the dresses and uniforms until the wedding day. George and Charlotte already have experience as flower children - from their Aunt Pippa's wedding last year.
Meghan's mother is on her way to England
While there is still a lot of guesswork about her father's coming, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland is on her way to England. She was spotted leaving her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday. She carried a Burberry garment bag with her, and a driver loaded several suitcases into a limousine.
This is how Harry and Meghan spend the last night before the wedding
The countdown is on: On May 19th, the wedding of the year will take place in Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle then say I do in St. George’s Chapel. Now more and more details about the wedding are known.
New look in the royal family
What kind of wedding dress Meghan Markle will wear is one of the UK's best kept secrets right now. It will only be revealed on Saturday when the US actress Prince Harry marries. It is already clear, however, that the new member of the Royals will bring a fresh look into the royal family.
Markle has long since given up the shorts and flip-flops that are common in her native California. There will also no longer be photos showing her with hot pants, torn jeans and revealing cleavage. After all, the 36-year-old does not just marry into a family, but into an institution in which, in some cases, centuries-old rules determine life. They also apply to the cloakroom.
"The royal dress code is very traditional, especially when a family member is serving the royal family," says Grant Harrold, who worked as a butler for the Windsors. Kate Middleton, the wife of Harry's brother William, could be a role model for Markle when it comes to fashion. "As we have seen with the Duchess of Cambridge, hats are part of the royal dress code and Meghan Markle will probably now wear hats more often," says the ex-butler.
Fashion is important to Markle
In addition, Markle has to get used to tights in neutral colors and the eye-catching nail polish will stay in the box in the future. Also very important: the hem length. "Dresses should always be the correct length - down to the knee or longer, but never shorter," explains Harrold.
Elegant yet refined - this is how Markle's style can be described in her public appearances at the side of her fiancé: Long dresses, turtlenecks, classic coats, everything in subtle colors. But there were also a few exceptions. Once she wore black jeans, another time the silk stockings were missing.
Fashion is important to Markle - and not just since she fell in love with a prince. The role as a paralegal in the US television series "Suits" shaped her style. "The fashion in 'Suits' is amazing. It taught me a lot about designers and now I know what suits me," said Markle in an interview with the online fashion retailer outnet.com. She finds inspiration for her outfits from actress Gwyneth Paltrow and from Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of the Paris fashion magazine "Vogue".
Many women, in turn, take Markle's look as an example. Christine Ross works for a website entirely dedicated to Markle's wardrobe. She describes the style of Harry's future wife as "modern and trendy, but still of classic elegance". What that means for the choice of the wedding dress will be shown on Saturday.
Back and forth: Meghan's father wants to come
Meghan Markle's father wants to come to Windsor for his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday. The prerequisite, however, is that his health is able to do so and that doctors agree. The US celebrity portal "TMZ" reported on Tuesday. The 73-year-old is said to have suffered a heart attack a few days ago.
"I hate the thought of missing one of the greatest moments in history and not leading my daughter to the altar," said Markle, according to TMZ. It was only on Monday that Thomas Markle caused a scandal when he canceled his participation in the festival. The reason he had not named his health, but that he did not want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family. He was responding to allegations that he had taken paparazzi photos of himself in exchange for money.
At first it was said that he had left the hospital at his own request. On Tuesday, Markle told TMZ that he was back in the clinic because of severe chest pain and was hoping to be released soon. But his heart is "seriously damaged". Prince Harry (33) and the US actress (36) get married in St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Meghan is Harry's 17th cousin
She is a divorced TV actress and the daughter of a yoga teacher with dreadlocks: From the point of view of some critics in Great Britain, Meghan Markle simply has no place in the royal family. It is called "Not royal material". What they do not know: Markle is distantly related not only to several US presidents, but also to Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth.
Yes, she has noble roots
Markle's noble roots were discovered by genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston. For the oldest of the genealogical societies in the USA, the 74-year-old pans through family books and online databases, whether with a view to (historically) significant Americans or living stars like Beyonce and Justin Bieber.
His findings on the 36-year-old Markle are amazing: Markle is the 24th generation of King Edward III. ab, who ruled England and Wales in the Middle Ages from 1327 to 1377 and led the Hundred Years War against France. Accordingly, she is Prince Harry's cousin 17th degree - the bride and groom are thus distantly related, albeit over many corners. Markle's distant cousins include the Queen and Princess Diana, who died in 1997.
Genealogist Roberts was hardly surprised by these findings: Americans with ancestors from New England often have royal ancestry, he says. In England, King Charles I had Puritans persecuted who refused to bow to the Anglican Church, and so initially around 20,000 people settled on the American east coast as part of the "Great Migration". Among them were many nobility and educated aristocrats.
The settlers founded places and churches there from the 17th century, participated in self-government and owned extensive properties along the Hudson. One of them was Rev. William Skipper of Boston, who had reached the American mainland by ship in 1639 and is the ancestor of Markle's father, Thomas. In her case, Skipper is the key figure between the old and the new continent, explains Roberts: "He is the access ancestor who connects America with Great Britain."
In retrospect, New England became a genealogical bottleneck: residents of the northeast married newcomers before settlers and entire families moved south and west in the 19th century. Today around a third of all Americans have roots in New England, with European origins often leading to royal England, but sometimes also to France. According to Roberts, this is the case with pop stars like Madonna and Justin Bieber, but also with actress Angelina Jolie and writer Jack Kerouac. Royal descent can also be proven in half of the US presidents.
Links to: George W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon
Markle's distant relatives include very different celebrities: Not only do they include most of Europe's modern royal families, but also nine US presidents. Her American cousins of various degrees include George W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, and Markle is also distantly related to three first ladies, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and actor James Dean.
Even nine US presidents in my own relatives are not unusual, says Roberts: "I have about nine myself." Despite the similar-sounding name, he has not yet been able to establish a connection to an important figure on the other side of the Atlantic: the relationship with a woman named Angela Merkel.
Meghan's father is probably not coming to the wedding
There are new speculations about Meghan's father: Thomas Markle should not come to his daughter's wedding after all. He had a heart attack six days ago, he said, as the Internet service "TMZ.com" reported on Monday.
Thomas Markle is said to have told the American celebrity portal "TMZ.com" that he wanted to stay in the US so as not to embarrass his daughter or the royal family. The 73-year-old responded to allegations that he had taken paparazzi photos of himself in exchange for money. He also had a heart attack a few days ago, according to TMZ.com. A spokeswoman for the royal family did not want to expressly confirm the alleged rejection of Thomas Markle on request.
Late in the evening, the Kensington Palace in London wrote in a message that a few days before their wedding the bride was in a situation that was very close to her, that her father was in a "difficult situation". However, the father's rejection was not initially confirmed.
It was unclear Tuesday whether the father was actually diagnosed with a heart attack. Thomas Markle had claimed in an interview with "TMZ.com" that he left the hospital at his own request. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Harry and Meghan are devastated. Meghan very much wishes that her father would be there in Windsor, writes the paper, without naming exact sources.
Who is leading Meghan to the altar?
Who could lead Meghan to the altar instead of the father? British media tipped a member of the Royals or Meghan's mother Doria Ragland (61) on Tuesday. Meghan says she gets along brilliantly with the social worker and yoga teacher. The parents divorced when Meghan was six years old. She grew up with her mother. A third option would be for Meghan to go to the altar alone. The Kensington Palace did not want to comment.
According to TMZ.com, the father, who used to be a light expert in TV productions, now regrets his agreement with the photographers. He was previously annoyed by paparazzi snapshots, which had put him in a bad light. Thomas Markle is also quoted as saying that it was not primarily about money.
The 73-year-old, who has Dutch and Irish ancestors, is said to have had money problems and failed to pay bills despite a large lottery win. In 2016, he filed for bankruptcy, as the British news agency PA reported on Tuesday.
The controversial photos show the pensioner looking at photos of his daughter in an internet cafe, studying an illustrated book about Great Britain and having a suit measured.Later, however, images from a surveillance camera emerged, which Markle showed in conversation with a photographer.
British media speculated that the 73-year-old may have felt too pressured about the wedding. He lives in seclusion in the Mexican town of Rosarito and in the USA. His relationship with his daughter is said to be good, albeit with ups and downs in the past. On Father's Day, Meghan once wrote under a picture of Thomas Markle on Instagram: "To this day, your hugs are the best in the world." Another time she emphasized that he had invested "blood, sweat and tears" so that she could fulfill her dreams.
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A postage stamp for the newlyweds
The British Royal Mail is issuing special postage stamps for the wedding of Prince Harry and his Meghan this Saturday. The royal mail announced on Tuesday. On the stamps valued at 1 and 1.55 pounds sterling, the pair can be seen once tightly entwined in color and once hand in hand in black and white. The pictures were taken for the engagement late last year. The stamps will be available in post offices across the UK from Saturday. Three different commemorative coins for the wedding are already in circulation.
Meghan's father causes a scandal shortly before the wedding
A few days before the wedding, Meghan's father Thomas Markle causes a scandal. The 73-year-old lives withdrawn in Mexico and has so far been extremely public shy. He always fled the press and was very taciturn.
Now, however, photos emerged showing him doing fitness training, in an internet café, and trying on a made-to-measure suit. According to the "Daily Mail" said pictures should not have been shot by paparazzi accidentally. No, it is always the same photographer from Los Angeles who stages the pictures. Meghan's father is said to have teamed up with him and sold the photos worldwide for a six-figure sum.
According to his son Thomas Markle Jr., the family story is "deeply embarrassing". Meghan's father wants to apologize to her for his actions, it is said.
Is the royal family behind it?
There is one more theory, however. And that says that the British palace could be behind the pictures to put Meghan's father in a more positive light after the first paparazzi shots that show him with beer, cigarettes and a woman.
Thomas Markle should actually lead his daughter Meghan to the altar on Saturday. According to his behavior, his appearance should be on the brink.
Harry and Meghan sleep separately the night before
The night before their wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to stay in separate hotels near Windsor. The Kensington Palace announced on Monday. Prince Harry will be staying at Coworth Park, a luxury hotel near the famous Ascot racecourse.
All rooms there are already booked for the coming weekend, a suite at the beginning of June costs around 2,400 euros per night. Harry's brother, Prince William, is also indulging in an overnight stay in the luxury accommodation as a best man.
Meghan Markle will be staying at the Cliveden House Hotel on the Thames with her mother, Doria Ragland. Suites are available there from a price equivalent to 1,250 euros. Meghan will drive to church with her mother on the wedding day.
The hotel complexes are approximately 15 miles apart. It is less than half an hour's drive from both hotels to the church on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Shaking hands instead of a honeymoon
Harry and Meghan won't head straight for their honeymoon after their May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle. Instead, a few days after the celebration, the couple will attend a charity reception in London with Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.
The event in the Buckingham Palace garden, hosted by Charles-sponsored organizations, will be Harry and Meghan's first appearance as a married couple. The two are very socially committed themselves.
According to media reports, the two media reports don't want to go on their honeymoon until a little later. It is not yet known where to go. There is speculation about various destinations in Africa. British media have identified a luxury resort in the Namibian desert as a possible travel destination.
Who actually pays for the royal wedding?
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 in Windsor will be one of the greatest events in royal history - and arguably one of the most expensive. The royal family pays the cost of the celebration. For music, decoration as well as food and drinks, the royals have to shell out around 1.7 million pounds (1.9 million euros), calculated the wedding planners of the British app Bridebook.
But the biggest item on the bill will be security. UK taxpayers will have to pay for that. It was recently revealed that the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate had cost around 6.3 million pounds for the police operation.
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