Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Will Be Very Different From Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s
Just two months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, broke the news that she got engaged as well and is set to marry her longtime beau, Jack Brooksbank. Royal watchers and much of the public were thrilled to learn that there would be two royal weddings taking place within months of one another as the princess’ is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
In addition to tying the knot the same year, there are a few other similarities between the two affairs including being held at the same location of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. But there are also many ways these royal weddings are completely different from each other.
We’re breaking down those reasons and why Eugenie’s nuptuials may be the scene where some very bad blood could boil over.
One major difference between the events will be the number of receptions they each have. Harry and Markle had two — just as the prince’s brother, William, did in 2011 when he married Kate Middleton.
The first one was not long after the church ceremony while the other was later that evening and only attended by close friends and family.
Eugenie has not yet said if she will have two herself or just one at St. George’s Hall with all of their guests, like her cousin, Peter Phillips, did when he got married there in 2008.
Next: Live coverage vs. post-ceremony coverage
Another glaring difference which the public will notice is the TV coverage for each wedding. Because of his notoriety being the son and brother to the future kings of England, Prince Harry’s wedding to Markle drew millions of viewers and was carried on telecasts around the globe.
Eugenie’s, however, will not receive coverage to that extent. Instead, since she is not as well known as her cousin and not a full-time working royal, highlights from her nuptials will likely only be featured in newscasts in some parts of the world after it has concluded.
Next: Uniform vs. traditional wedding attire
The grooms attire will be quite different.
While Harry wore his single-breasted black military uniform on his wedding day, Brooksbank, will wear a more traditional wedding outfit, such as a tuxedo or suit.
Next: Diplomats vs. celebrity guests
The guest lists
Quite a few celebrities, including the Beckhams, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Serena Williams, and Priyanka Chopra attended Harry and Markle’s wedding.
The princess has her own famous friends as well, which include Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. The difference is because of certain politics, the prince and Markle were not able to invite everyone they wanted to like Harry’s good friends Barack and Michelle Obama. Eugenie and Brooksbank though will have more freedom to invite who they want.
Next: The royals tab vs. the British taxpayers
The royal family previously announced that they were picking up the cost for both weddings. However, that’s only for the service, the music, flowers, decorations, and the receptions. The royals will not pay for security — that is on the British taxpayers.
Harry and Markle’s wedding cost more because it had more security than Eugenie’s will.
Next: Friday vs. Saturday
Prince William and Middleton’s wedding day was on Friday and declared a bank holiday which meant workers in the U.K. had the day off. Harry and Markle, though, chose to get married on a Saturday. Therefore, the day will not be a public holiday.
As for Eugenie, while she will be getting married on a Friday, but the day is not likely to be a designated bank holiday either, given her placement in the line of succession to the throne. Following the birth of William and Kate’s third child, Prince Louis, Eugenie was bumped to ninth in line.
Next: No feuds vs. Prince Philip and Fergie’s drama
It’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, cannot stand his former daughter-in-law, Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson. It’s been reported that the prince despises her so much that he is the one who decided she not be invited to William and Middleton’s wedding and why she was not invited to Markle and Harry’s private reception.
The Duchess of York will be at Princess Eugenie’s wedding though since she is her mother. But Prince Philip is reportedly unhappy about that and doesn’t want her anywhere near his granddaughter’s ceremony. Since that wish won’t be granted, there could be some fireworks and a war of words at Eugenie’s wedding.
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