Prince Harry Reveals the Freak Event That Almost ‘Ruined’ His Wedding Gesture To Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversary and, while their wedding day looked to be an all-around perfect event, it turns out there was one thing that didn’t quite go as planned. It involved a special wedding gift that Prince Harry had for his bride-to-be.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | BEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fell in love quickly

The couple met and, according to Harry, fell in love “incredibly quickly,” as he shared in an interview when their engagement was announced: “So the fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything — all the stars — were aligned. Everything was just perfect.”

He added: “It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.”

Their wedding day had one small issue

The world watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, with everything appearing to be perfect for the happy couple. There was, however, a slight issue.

Prince Harry was to help choose the flowers for Markle’s bouquet to carry down the aisle, but nature threatened to “ruin” his plans, as it had snowed over the Easter holiday, impacting the flower beds as the wedding day approached.

Markle did honor the 161-year-old tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle from a bush on the Isle of Wight in their wedding bouquet. She also wanted to pay tribute to Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, by including her favorite flower, forget-me-nots, in her arrangement.

Markle noted in interviews recorded for a Windsor Castle exhibition of her wedding dress: “We have a very small garden here that we had been planting things in the fall.”

Prince Harry shared how the weather “ruined” the floral plan, noting: “We didn’t have as many flowers in our little garden as we had hoped for because I think it snowed at Easter. That kind of ruined the whole thing!”

Prince Harry managed to do a great job, despite the setback, as Markle shared: “What was really special, I think, was that the morning of the wedding Harry went in and he picked some flowers to go into my bouquet which was really beautiful and something that makes it sentimental and really meaningful.”

Her wedding dress included some special details

Markle included another special detail in her wedding dress, a piece of fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Harry. Markle had noted in the ITV documentary Queen of the World that the fabric was her “something blue.”

She also explained that the veil was embroidered with the national flowers of each of the 53 commonwealth countries, sharing: “It was important for me, especially now being part of the royal family, to have all 53 of the commonwealth countries incorporated. And I knew it would be a fun surprise for my now husband — he didn’t know!”

Markle added: “He was really over the moon to find that I would make this choice for our day together, and I think the other members of the family had a similar reaction.”