Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to get married on Saturday 19 May, and we can’t wait to see what the day has in store for the adorable couple.
It was confirmed yesterday that Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, will not be attending the wedding due to health problems.
This morning, Kensington Palace released a statement saying that Meghan has asked her father-in-law-to-be to do the walk her down the aisle.
Read the full statement in this tweet from the Palace:
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2018
What happened with Meghan Markle’s father?
But the couple’s joy around the upcoming festivities has been marred by the controversy surrounding Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle.
He has recently been at the centre of a media scandal, which allegedly saw him staging paparazzi photos of himself in an internet cafe near his Mexico home.
It was reported that 73-year-old Thomas set up the photographs for money from the media. However, since then, Thomas’s daughter, and Meghan’s half-sister Samantha, has confessed that she was the one who convinced her father to set up the photos.
On British talk show Loose Women, she admitted that she staged the photos to portray her father in a better light. Thomas, who is widely thought to be a very private man, has regularly been hounded by the media since news of Meghan’s engagement.
Following this, TMZ has reported that Thomas suffered a heart attack just six days ago, but checked himself out of hospital in order to attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry.
The latest reports on the situation state that Thomas is now checking himself back into hospital in Mexico, after suffering from concerning chest pains.
Kensington Palace has issued an emotional statement on behalf of Meghan and Prince Harry, revealing that it is a ‘deeply’ personal situation for the bride-to-be. The couple has also asked for understanding from the public during this difficult time.
Live on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Samantha Markle said that although she “hopes” her dad will be at the wedding, his health must come first.
She shared, “I don’t know as of today what his plans are, but there’s a very real concern. I wanted to see him go [to the wedding]. I didn’t want him deprived of that. But clearly the priority should be whether or not it’s safe for him to do that. That’s where we’re at.”
Which South African channels will broadcast the royal wedding?
It’s been revealed that BBC Lifestyle, DStv channel 174, and BBC World News, DSTV channel 400, will be live streaming the ceremony.
ITV Choice (DStv 123) will also be broadcasting live, comprehensive coverage.
The couple will exchange vows at 1pm (CAT) on 19 May at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle with The Archbishop of Canterbury to officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.
Following the service, a Carriage Procession will commence at 2pm (CAT) from St Georges Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.
BBC Lifestyle will be showcasing it all live from 10.15am CAT and finishing at approximately 3.30pm CAT.
ITV’s coverage will start at 10.25am and run through to 4pm CAT, and will be hosted by Julie Etchingham and Phillip Schofield.
They will be joined by a range of guests including those who know Prince Harry and Meghan, as well as friends of the royal family.
To get you in the royal wedding mood, you can also watch Harry and Meghan: A Modern Love Story, a documentary that will be shown on BBC Lifestyle on 16 May at 9pm.
And what about the cake?
Harry and Meghan have chosen Claire Ptak, owner of London-based bakery Violet Cakes, to make their wedding cake.
The news was announced on Twitter, where it was revealed that the flavour of cake they have chosen is lemon elderflower, and will “incorporate the bright flavours of spring.”
According to a tweet from Kensington Palace, the cake will incorporate 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs from Suffolk, 20kgs of butter, 20kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial.
Watch the cake baking getting underway:
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 18, 2018
How Prince Harry will honour his late mom, Princess Diana, at his wedding
Of course, one key person will be missing from the wedding – Harry’s beloved mother, Princess Diana. However, according to new information, the Prince will be making sure his late mum is very much a part of the big day.
Kensington Palace has revealed all three of her siblings will be there, and her sister Jane will be giving a poignant reading in Diana’s absence.
In a statement, the palace revealed, “In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as Best Man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother’s family in his wedding.
“All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.”
More details from the wedding…
It’s been revealed that celebrated London florist Philippa Craddock has been chosen by Meghan and Harry to design the floral bouquets for their big day.
Kensington Palace announced that she will create the displays for the Church service in St. George’s Chapel, using “locally sourced foliage” from the gardens of many royal properties and Windsor Great Park.
The florist revealed that she had been working closely with Harry and Meghan in the run-up to the big day.
“I am thrilled to share with you that we have been asked by Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle to create their wedding flowers in May,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
“I am loving working with them, it is an incredible privilege, and the designs will be a true reflection of them as a couple, with sustainability at the forefront. We will be using plenty of locally sourced greenery and seasonal flowers including peonies, garden roses and foxgloves…”
Where will Prince Harry’s wedding reception be?
Kensington Palace has now confirmed that Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception will, in fact, be held at Frogmore House – the very place where the couple had their adorable engagement photos taken.
It was previously reported that the reception would take place at St. George’s Hall, as it was considered the “more practical” choice.
However, it was thought that Meghan had had her heart set on Frogmore Hall, with the bride-to-be apparently calling the exclusive royal venue “dreamy”.
This article originated on: www.womanandhome.com