Here's the big royal tradition Meghan Markle plans to break on her wedding day
Meghan Markle is continuing her one-woman mission to shake up and refresh the royal family. Since becoming engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, Markle has cemented herself as a firm fan favorite through her breaking of stereotypes and destruction of out-dated and archaic family traditions. Whether it's the fact that she is the first woman of color to be inducted into the royals, or that she is from a modest background and seems fairly well-grounded; the former 'Suits' actress has made quite the impression since her engagement and has helped make one of the most prestigious families in the world much more relatable.
Markle is also breaking traditions when it comes to the wedding itself. As she is a divorcee, Harry and Meghan will not be getting married in Westminster Abbey and will instead be marrying at the much smaller venue, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The wedding is expected to bring a star-studded guest list, with Serena Williams and the Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh being close friends of Markle and are expected to be in attendance.
Speaking about the ceremony, a spokesperson for the couple said: “The couple, of course, want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family. They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.”
However, while the wedding will undoubtedly be a special occasion for both the couple and their families (as well as the general public), the ceremony won't necessarily follow traditions. Fresh off of her announcement that her father, Thomas, will be walking her down the aisle, Meghan has decided to break another convention.
While it's customary for dads of the bride to do a speech at the ceremony, Meghan will be doing one instead. Her father is an extremely private man and is considered 'less likely' to say a few words at the reception. Speaking to the Telegraph, a source close to the family said:
“The feeling is if Meghan’s father doesn’t speak for her, she wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them.
"Harry thinks it’s a great idea."
Tom Jnr, Meghan's brother, previously spoke about their father and his privacy, saying: "Dad never liked the limelight, but since the news came out about Meghan and Harry he’s become a total recluse," he said.
"I haven’t seen him in years. He hates the attention Meghan’s romance has brought on to him. He loves her but hates the idea of being in the spotlight."
With the wedding set to take place in May this year, all eyes will be on the Markle family for the next few months. Given the comedic nature of her Christmas presents, it'll be interesting to see if Meghan cracks any jokes in her speech or if she keeps it respectful. Hopefully, it'll be the former.