Late-night phone calls to the wedding planner, secret meetings with the queen, and planning THE reception to remember — Vanity Fair's Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl reveals all on the wedding of the year.
Meghan Markle has pretty much cleared her diary to plan her wedding, together with her best friend and de facto wedding planner, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney. According to one of their mutual friends, they are on the phone "every day, often late into the night, ticking things off in their never-ending to-do list." The Suits actress has also been zooming down the M4 (a British highway) in recent weeks to have meetings at Windsor Castle with the queen and her team of in-house staff, who are helping to coordinate the wedding.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles will host a traditional wedding breakfast at St. George's Hall, but have had very little to do with the couple's guest lists. "Meghan and Harry have been told to invite who they want; there is no pressure on them to have extended family friends or dignitaries and VIPs," adds a royal source. Harry's "Glossy Posse" pals have all secured invites, among them Tom Inskip and Guy Pelly. He has also asked some of his Army pals and friends from the Invictus Games and Walking With The Wounded. Sir Elton John, Ellie Goulding, and the Beckhams have also received invites.
Markle's guest list will likely include her Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams, Sarah Rafferty, and Wendell Pierce. Along with the Mulroneys, Canada's elite will be coming in the form of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife. And, of course, the trio who played Cupid will be in attendance: Violet von Westenholz, Markus Anderson, and Misha Nonoo.
As well as drink and food tastings at the palace, Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, will have sample cakes, courtesy of Violet Bakery's owner Claire Ptak, who has been commissioned to make the unusual elderflower and lemon wedding cake for the reception.
The couple's evening reception will, according to one of their friends, be the "most fun part of the day." The source says, "Harry wants to make sure it's a night to remember — fun over formality. The plan is for it to continue until the early hours." It will take place in a marquee in the grounds of Frogmore House, and the couple's wedding planners, Table Talk, are overseeing the "themed production." Harry is rumored to have booked Stormzy, a British rapper, while the girl group the Spice Girls are rumored to be performing a set at night.
Markle is also ensuring she looks incredible for both the wedding and the honeymoon — reportedly, a luxury stay in Namibia. As well as having bespoke muscle-sculpting facials with Nichola Joss, Meghan is rumored to be using the services of the Duchess of Cornwall's colorist at Jo Hansford. She has also been doing daily yoga sessions at Kensington Palace and classes with close friend Millie Mackintosh.
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