Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding: Why Kate Middleton Won’t Be a Bridesmaid and More Details

Though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just announced their engagement, there’s already a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming wedding. Here’s why it’s looking like Kate Middleton won’t be a bridesmaid, and other must-know royal wedding facts.

1. They’re getting married in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are opting for a smaller venue for their wedding.  | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

St. George’s Chapel has been a wedding destination for royals for the past 500 years. Most recently, Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones there in 1999.

Vanity Fair notes that the location is a “slightly smaller venue” than where Kate Middleton and Prince William got married in 2001, Westminster Abbey.

2. The royal family’s paying for the whole thing

Prince Harry sits next to Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II will help pay for her grandson’s wedding. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for the wedding, but, in this case, it’s going to be the groom’s family footing the bill. The royal family will be paying for everything (including the church service, flowers, decorations, and the reception).

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married, the wedding was split evenly between Prince Charles, the queen, and Kate’s family.

3. They’re having a May wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will get married in May. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Though we don’t know the exact day the wedding will take place, we know it’ll be in May 2018. Spring is a popular time for weddings; William and Kate had their wedding in the spring as well!

Spring 2018 will be an exciting time. Kate is due with her third child just a month before Harry’s wedding.

4. There will be no official holiday in honor of the wedding

There won’t be an official bank holiday to commemorate the day. | Adrian Dennis/WPA Pool/Getty Images

When Kate and William got married in 2011, an official bank holiday was put in to place to commemorate the day.

Unfortunately for Markle and Harry, there will be no bank holiday in May 2018, according to Prime Minister Theresa May.

5. Why Kate Middleton probably won’t be a bridesmaid

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton probably won’t be a bridesmaid at the wedding. | Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Kate probably won’t be a bridesmaid in the wedding for several reasons. “The Duchess of Cambridge barely knows Meghan,” royal expert and author Marlene Koeni told Cosmopolitan. “For another, she is the future queen consort when William becomes king after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride.’

But according to Metro,  the principal reason she won’t be in the bridal party is because the day is supposed to be all about Markle and the prince, not Kate. “The Duchess of Cambridge was not her sister Pippa’s matron of honour at her wedding in May as she did not want to upstage her,” wrote Metro.

It is very likely, though, that Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be involved in the wedding somehow. It’s even likely that Princess Charlotte will be a little bridesmaid herself.

6. Markle’s wedding dress style

Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement

Fans are excited to see what kind of dress Meghan Markle will wear. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The couple just recently got engaged, but we already can’t wait to see what Marke’s wedding dress will look like. Thankfully, she’s given us plenty of hints as to her wedding dress style. According to People, she loves wedding dress designers Elie Saab and J. Mendel.

“I think Meghan will choose an effortlessly chic gown with clean lines and minimal detail,” British bridal designer Suzanne Neville told People. “I think the dress will be elegant and traditional, but with a modern twist.”

7. Markle has to leave behind some of her humanitarian work

Meghan Markle poses in a gray suit jacket

Meghan Markle will continue her philanthropic work as a royal.  | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Meghan’s always been passionate about humanitarian work, well before meeting Harry. Sadly, she has to say goodbye to her roles with U.N. Women and World Vision, per Kensington Palace.

But she’s definitely not done with humanitarian work for good. “Her first patronage will be with the Royal Foundation, alongside William, Kate, and her fiancé,” according to Vanity Fair.

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