Since news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement broke, those fascinated by the British royals have been eagerly awaiting details about the upcoming wedding. Everyone wants to know where it will take place, what the dress will look like, and who will be invited.
The date is set for May 2018, leaving about five months of time for wedding planning, and it has already been confirmed that the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle. Though they have been together about two years or so, his brother William knew Kate for about 10 years before they wed. This has prompted some to adopt the opinion that the wedding itself is being rushed.
The reason they are wedding so soon is touching and heartbreaking. Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip is 96 years old and wants nothing more than to see Harry’s wedding ceremony and celebration. The Duke of Edinburgh has recently retired from public life but truly wants to be around for his grandson’s big day.
It’s no surprise that Harry and Philip are close. The two royals seem more and more like one another. Recently the physical resemblance between the two, comparing Philip in his army days with Prince Harry, has been noted and is uncanny. They are both military veterans–Harry ended his 10 years on the British Army by retiring from the armed forces last year. With Philip’s retirement, Harry has taken over many of his royal duties.
Royal expert Kate Nicholl commented on the timing of the royal wedding, saying, “Harry thought it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy.”
The upcoming wedding is sure to be both stunning and intimate. The gathering will be smaller than William and Kate’s, but Windsor holds special significant to both Harry and Meghan. Harry spent much of his childhood there, and it is reportedly where Meghan spent time getting to know the Queen.