Don’t Believe These Rumors About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have tied the knot, but people are still talking about what happened at the ceremony and the two receptions — plus the after-party — that celebrated the newlyweds. But you can’t believe everything you hear about the royal wedding.
Read on to learn which rumors about the big day are true — and which are definitively false.
7. James Corden instigated a dance-off
- Verdict: Possible, but not particularly plausible
Vanity Fair reports that at the reception, comedian James Corden “instigated an impromptu dance-off that saw Charles, William, and Harry take to the dance floor with Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland.” Corden hasn’t commented on that rumor, though we have to admit that it’s a little hard to imagine it being true.
But he did offer a few comments about the royal wedding on The Late Late Show. “I was proud to be British on that day,” he said. “They brought Britain and the world together for a happy occasion and I was so pleased to be there.” Corden also revealed that the flowers in St. George’s Chapel caused his allergies to flare up. “So, for a lot of the ceremony, I just needed to sneeze. Right at the point when the archbishop was saying, ‘If anyone knows of any reason…’ and I was like, ‘Please don’t sneeze. Please don’t sneeze.’”
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6. George Clooney waltzed with Meghan and with Kate
- Verdict: Possible
Vanity Fair adds another report of some notable dancing at the royal wedding reception. The publication reports that George Clooney “waltzed Kate and Meghan around the dance floor before a spectacular fireworks display capped off the evening.”
Harper’s Bazaar, similarly, reports of Kate Middleton, “George Clooney reportedly got a chance to dance with both her and Markle at the evening ceremony.” The publication adds that “When he wasn’t whisking away royals to the dance floor, the actor was also reportedly serving shots of his own Casamigos tequila.” We don’t have any way to confirm the story. But we’d like to think that it’s pretty plausible.
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5. Idris Elba contributed a playlist for the reception
- Verdict: Likely
Another fun rumor about one of the celebrity guests at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding? Idris Elba reportedly handled the music at the royal wedding reception. According to Delish, DJ Sam Totolee — who also performed at Pippa Middleton’s wedding — handled most of the music for the reception, playing a mix of Harry’s favorite tracks.
But Delish reports that according to a rumor started by The Telegraph, “Elba got in on the game as well, DJ-ing a playlist filled with soul classics, 1960s R&B, and 1980s dance.” The publication adds that since the couple’s first dance reportedly took place to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston, the 1980s dance direction sounds reasonable. And given Elba’s history at the turntables, the publication thinks this rumor is pretty likely to be true.
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4. Meghan’s dog, Guy, attended the reception
- Verdict: Unlikely
Delish reports that another rumor about the royal wedding reception claims that Meghan Markle’s Beagle, Guy, attended the reception. “According to the Mirror, Guy was one part guest, one part entertainment as he ’caused chaos, running all over the place lapping up any spilled canapés,'” Delish notes. But that doesn’t sound entirely plausible.
Though Guy was spotted in a vehicle with Queen Elizabeth II as she made her way to Windsor Castle earlier in the week, there’s no other indication that he was on hand for the celebration. So as Delish puts its, “we still have to raise an eyebrow in this rumor’s direction.”
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3. Guests had to hand over their phones for the reception
- Verdict: Probably true
Town and Country reported before the royal wedding that guests would have to hand over their phones and cameras before the wedding reception. Paperwork sent along with the invitations reportedly warned that “All guests will be asked to surrender mobile telephones. . . and any devices used for image capture.”
As Delish reports, both receptions — the luncheon hosted by the queen and the evening reception hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House — did turn out to be much more private than the ceremony. However, guests still did manage to share a few Instagram shots before heading to the party. And Vanity Fair reports that at least a few guests “managed to sneak in their smartphones to take snaps of the night.”
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2. Serena Williams played beer pong at the reception
- Verdict: Definitely false
One royal wedding rumor that’s definitely and unsurprisingly false? The claim that Serena Williams played beer pong at the reception. Delish notes that this rumor seems to have originated with the British tabloid The Sun. The publication quoted a “reception insider” claiming that “Serena Williams played beer pong like it was tennis.”
But as Harper’s Bazaar reports, Williams herself said at a press conference, “Oh, there was no beer pong.” She added, “I don’t know where this story — I don’t even drink beer, and I don’t know where this story came out. It’s not even remotely true. And my friends are, like, ‘What happened?’ I’m like, ‘There was no beer pong.’ I was looking at Alexis like, wait a minute, did we miss something?”
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1. The empty chair was for Diana
- Verdict: False
Everybody knew that when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry planned their wedding, they would include many subtle tributes to Princess Diana. So we should have known that something was off when Twitter users began claiming that a seat was left empty at the ceremony in honor of Harry’s mother.
As Town and Country reports, the seat next to Prince William was actually left empty as a matter of protocol, not in order to pay tribute to Princess Diana. The seat in front of Queen Elizabeth II is always left open because “She needs to be seen.”
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