All The Ways Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Broke Royal Tradition At Their Wedding
Prince Harry has always been rewriting the royal rule book since he was a teenager and his wedding with Meghan Markle was yet another example. Meghan is already a historic princess in her own right being an actress from the United States, mixed-race and Catholic. When they married on May 19, they broke a number of royal-wedding traditions from the cake flavor to who was in the wedding party, making it known that the couple does things their own way.
Meghan is divorced.
There was a time when a member of the royal family having a relationship with a divorcee was seen as despicable, but Meghan has been welcomed into the royal family with open arms.
Both Meghan and Prince Harry had a wedding band.
Throughout history, the royal grooms have not worn wedding bands, but Prince Harry chose to.
Meghan walked herself halfway down the aisle.
At royal weddings, the bride has always been given away by her father. Unfortunately, Megan's father wasn’t well enough to fly in for the wedding after suffering a heart-attack, so she walked halfway down the aisle by herself and then halfway with Prince Charles.
Prince Harry watched Meghan walk down the aisle.
At a British weddings, the groom faces the altar as the bride walks down the aisle and doesn’t look at her until she stands beside him. However, Prince Harry couldn't resist turning around as soon as Meghan entered the church and who could blame him!
Meghan wore an up-do.
Meghan chose a messy bun look, which breaks tradition where royals wear their hair down such as Kate Middleton’s neat, wavy style at her wedding.
They had an American bishop.
This is unusual at royal weddings, but African-American bishop Michael Curry electrified the wedding. His powerful speech took everyone to CHURCH! (literally) He spoke passionately about love & unity, he was the breakout star of Harry and Megan's wedding.
The couple didn’t kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
It is tradition for royal couples to share their first kiss as newly weds on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the ceremony for the commoners of London to see. Prince Harry and Meghan opted to kiss outside St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle where they were married.
The wedding date was on the weekend.
Royal weddings have historically been known to be on weekdays, but the couple chose to have theirs on a Saturday, which I was happy about because I had time to watch!
The wedding party wasn’t just royal family.
At royal weddings, all of the bridesmaids and page boys are from the royal family. However, it was split, with three of the six bridesmaids and two of the four page boys coming from Meghan’s family.
The cake flavor.
Royal weddings cakes are traditionally fruit cakes with spongy texture and white icing, but Prince Harry and Meghan went with a lemon cake covered with buttercream and flowers.
Meghan gave her own wedding speech.
This completely broke royal tradition as the father of the bride is supposed to give a toast, but as we know, he did not come to the wedding. Although apparently, Meghan has always planned on giving a speech.
Now that she is a royal princess, she has already had to change her religion, career, and citizenship, has had to delete all of her social media and keep quiet about her political views. Despite some tradition breaking changes at the wedding, it seems the British family and public seems to approve of the new princess so far!