No one does pomp and circumstance like the Brits, and when it comes to royal weddings, they rule. I’m one of those people who set the alarm for 5am so I could get up and watch Lady Diana arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a gold, horse-drawn carriage to marry Prince Charles. Ever since, I’ve made it my personal mission to know everything there is to know about the fascinating family at the center of the world’s longest running soap opera.
After two books and countless conversations with royal insiders (including Diana’s brother, Charles), I’ve gained plenty of insight on how things work within “The Firm.” Although they only just announced their engagement yesterday, plans for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are well under way. Here’s what we know so far. And for more royal engagement coverage, here are 10 Secrets the Palace Doesn’t Want Meghan Markle to Know.
1. They’ll get married in May.X
The couple already announced they’d wed next spring which is always a busy time of year for the royals. April is out because that’s when William and Kate’s third child is due—and the couple celebrates their own wedding anniversary on the 29th of the month. By the time June rolls around it’s all champagne and strawberries for the royals whose calendars are jammed packed with social events like Royal Ascot, that swanky horse race where the men dress up like Mr. Peanut, The Trooping of the Color, the Queen’s annual birthday parade and, of course, Wimbledon. So, Harry and Meghan will get married in May.
2. It’s going to be a church wedding.
Sure, Meghan and Harry are “down to earth” people, but he’s a prince—for Pete’s sake! And what American woman worth her Jimmy Choos is going to pass up all the glamour of a history-making wedding in a beautiful cathedral? There will be no bohemian beachside wedding, folks. Harry and Meghan will be married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Queen “granted permission” for the wedding to take place there. It’s also where his father and stepmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall had their “prayer service and dedication” after their civil ceremony in 2005. Granny had to draw the line somewhere. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will likely preside over the nuptials.