Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Date Is Linked To a Tragic Royal Execution

When Prince Harry tied the knot with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hundreds of millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the historic event. Although the wedding was not the most-watched one in history, many fans can agree that it was still a very significant day nonetheless.

In fact, there is another reason why the date of the royal wedding was significant. It actually marked an anniversary of a tragic execution. Read on below to learn more about Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding and what execution happened to occur on the same date a few centuries ago.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married on May 19, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photo call.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan first met sometime in 2016. They were reportedly set up on a blind date by a mutual friend, Misha Nonoo, who went to school with Prince Harry and met Meghan many years ago.

Their romance quickly blossomed, and they ended up getting engaged after a year and a half of dating. Although this could seem fast for some people, Prince Harry shared that he knew Meghan was “the one” from their very first meeting.

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. About 600 guests were in attendance, including members of the royal family, Meghan’s friends and co-stars, and several well-known celebrities. It has been said that the whole event cost somewhere around $35.7 million.

The wedding was broadcast in numerous countries. In the United Kingdom, it was reported that over 27 million people tuned in, while the figure was about 29 million in the United States. Overall, it was estimated that Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding attracted more viewership than Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was a significant one

There’s no doubt that the wedding day was an important one for the couple. However, the event was quite a special one in royal history as well.

It was actually broke traditions by being held on a Saturday. Prince Harry’s royal parents, grandparents, and brother all tied the knot on weekdays.

That Saturday was a rather big day in British soccer since it was the final match of the FA Cup. Prince William is the president of the Football Association, so he normally would attend such an important game. However, this was one match that he had to miss out on. Prince William was the best man at Prince Harry’s wedding.

Additionally, unlike other royal weddings, the day of Prince Harry and Meghan’s event was not declared a bank holiday by the government. In any case, the fact that it was held on a Saturday meant that many people were not busy with work and school anyway.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding marked the anniversary of an execution

While the wedding was a celebration of love for Prince Harry and Meghan, a few centuries ago, it was the date of a tragic execution.

On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London. She was King Henry VIII’s second wife, and the two of them were married for about three years.

King Henry VIII annulled his marriage to Boleyn in 1536 and tried her for adultery, incest, witchcraft, and conspiracy against the king. However, it is believed that the king simply wanted a divorce from Boleyn and to marry someone else who could give him a son.

After Boleyn passed away, her daughter with King Henry VIII, Elizabeth, became queen 1558. Elizabeth I’s reign was considered a golden age for England. It lasted for about 45 years and became known later as the Elizabethan era.