Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding Cake Is Already Causing Controversy

The first royal wedding of 2018 sparked just as much controversy as the initial engagement. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding cake choice surprised many — as did their choice of who to put in charge of baking and decorating it. But the couple’s far-from-traditional relationship might explain their choice of pastry.

Here’s how their cake compares to a more traditional British wedding cake, and why some people aren’t thrilled about the decision — or the wedding itself.

What does a traditional British wedding cake look like?

A slice of William and Kate’s wedding cake. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Traditionally, British wedding cakes are multi-tiered fruitcakes, featuring dried fruit and nuts, and brushed with brandy. The couple usually saves the very top tier of the cake for the official christening of their first child, because fruitcake lasts longer than other types of cakes.

Next: Prince William and Kate Middleton also had interesting cake choices.

Recent royal brides have mixed things up a bit

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day

William and Kate mixed things up. | Warren Allott – WPA Pool/Getty IMages

Prince William and Kate Middleton strayed from many royal traditions during their wedding, including their cakes. They stuck with a fruitcake to keep the tradition alive, but also had a second cake — one made with chocolate instead of fruit.

Next: This non-traditional couple is making some people upset.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are already breaking royal traditions

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The pair are already breaking royal traditions. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The fact that Meghan Markle hails from California, USA is just one of many royal traditions these two have broken since they first got together. Her race, nationality, wealth, and career as an actress set her apart from the women who have previously married into the royal family. Therefore, their cake choice makes sense.

Next: And their choice of wedding cake is …

Their wedding cake is very non-traditional …

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They have to top Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake (above). | Lewis Whyld/WPA Pool/ Getty Images

Wedding guests will get to enjoy a lemon elderflower cake with buttercream frosting, decorated with fresh flowers. Instead of a traditional fruitcake, their cake is supposed to celebrate springtime, since their wedding falls in the middle of May.

Next: It isn’t the cake that’s making people mad.

… but that’s not why it’s so controversial

It seems people are more concerned about Kensington Palace’s cake-related announcement than they are about the cake itself. The palace’s Instagram account posted a photo of California-born pastry chef Claire Ptak to introduce the public to the bride and groom’s chosen cake maker.

Next: Meghan and her designated cake creator go way back.

Markle and Ptak have worked together before

Meghan Markle arrives to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle

Markle interviewed the baker for her lifestyle blog. | Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Many complained the announcement read too much like an advertisement for Ptak’s bakery, Violet Cakes. The post stated that Markle had previously interviewed Ptak for her lifestyle blog, and that the cake would be made with organic, seasonal ingredients to match the couple’s preferences.

Next: Not everyone is thrilled about the royal wedding.

People have feelings about the royal wedding — not all of them warm or fuzzy

Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle

The couple is getting married on a workday. | Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images

When Meghan and Prince Harry first announced their engagement in late 2017, USA Today reported that many people in the UK couldn’t have cared less. People may have been more enthusiastic about the event if the prime minister gave them the day off. But the whole country still has to go to work on May 19.

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