Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed further details about their wedding — including how the bride’s parents will be involved, the timing of their honeymoon and how they plan to remember Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
Meghan’s mother and father, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, who split up when she was young, will both attend. In the days before the wedding,
they will fly into the UK to spend time with the British royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, according to Jason Knauf, communications secretary to Prince Harry.
Meghan will spend her last night as a single woman at a hotel in an undisclosed location.
Then, on the morning of Saturday, May 19, a car will take Meghan and her mother to Windsor Castle before her father walks her down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at 12.00 p.m. (7.00 a.m. ET).
Knauf said Meghan is “delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.”
Meghan has opted not to have a maid of honor, Knauf said. “She has a very close knit group of friends and did not want to choose one over the other,” he said.
Harry is also “keen” to involve his mother’s side of the family at his wedding. The three siblings of Princess Diana, who died two decades ago in a car accident, have been invited. Her older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, will give a reading.
Meghan and Harry will not depart for their honeymoon immediately after the wedding. They will undertake a public engagement in the week after the ceremony.
How the day will unfold
Knauf warned that Windsor is expected to be incredibly busy on the day, and recommends those hoping to stake out a spot on the processional route to leave themselves plenty of time.
Harry and Meghan have invited 1,200 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle. These guests are expected arrive from 9.00 a.m. local time (4.00 a.m. ET).
The main wedding guests will arrive between 9.30 a.m. (4.30 a.m. ET) and 11.00 a.m. (6 a.m. ET). Guests will arrive at the Round Tower by coach and will be seen walking to the South Door of St. George’s Chapel.