Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have proven that they aren’t the most traditional royal couple and ever since announcing their engagement, many have wondered how unconventional their upcoming nuptials will be. We do know the two are prepared to turn a blind eye to the royal rule book when it comes to certain aspects of their big day.
Here are the ways the former Suits star and prince have already broken royal protocol — including how they plan to do it at their wedding when it comes to the bridal party.
PDA at Invictus Games
One of the most momentous points in their relationship (pre-engagement) was in September 2017 when they made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games and were showing all kinds of PDA.
They attended an event holding hands, and later, Harry gave Markle a kiss during the closing ceremonies. Since we have rarely seen Prince William and Kate Middleton showing this kind of behavior, many people just assumed Harry and his lady were going against royal tradition by showing such affection. However, some royal experts have pointed out that there is no rule against it.
“There is no actual etiquette or royal protocol that says the couple must refrain from PDA,” founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette Myka Meier said.
Constant hand-holding at other times
While there isn’t a written rule against PDA, the fact that Harry and Markle seem to enjoy it isn’t sitting well with everyone. But it might be a strategic move as well.
“There are no rules about this, there’s just precedent,” British monarchy expert and Boston University history professor Arianne Chernock told TODAY. “The next generation of royals are more willing to push the boundaries, to push the monarchy as part of a broader modernizing strategy.”
It’s no secret that Markle is not only an American, but also a divorcee. There was a time when there was great pushback about a royal marrying someone with that kind of background as was the case with Harry’s great-great uncle.
In 1936, Edward VIII actually abdicated his throne to marry his love who was a twice-divorced, American socialite named Wallis Smith.
Christmas with the royals
For Christmas 2017, Markle joined Harry’s family at the queen’s Sandringham estate. Because the two are not yet married, this totally goes against tradition.
Prior to her marriage to Prince William, Kate Middleton did not celebrate Christmas with his family. Neither did Camilla Parker Bowles or the late Princess Diana before they married Prince Charles. Therefore, Markle was the first fiancée to ever spend the holidays with the royals before officially marrying into the family.
Who Markle wants walking her down aisle
Since Markle and Harry have been doing things their way versus the royal way, we should probably expect the unexpected when it comes to their wedding ceremony.
A source told Us Weekly that there will be some “unconventional surprises” and that Markle prefers that her mother, not her father, be the one who walks her down the aisle on her big day.
No chief bridesmaid
Markle will also be breaking royal tradition when it comes to her bridal party as she will be having a maid of honor rather than a chief bridesmaid.
“She’s not picked a chief bridesmaid, she’s chosen a maid of honor,” an insider revealed.
However, there’s no official word yet on who that is, but many have speculated that it will be Markle’s longtime pal and stylist Jessica Mulroney.
Harry choosing a best man
It also been reported that Harry will choose William as his best man. This was expected since Harry was the best man in William’s wedding, but surprisingly this is actually against royal protocol and it was William and the Duchess who tore up the rule book on that one in 2011.
Harry and Markle will be married on May 19, 2018.
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