Six ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle changed the royal wedding

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot earlier today, May 19, at the St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, England.


The world witnessed the royal wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. (Manila time).

This came seven years after the grand wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last April 29, 2011.


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Prince Harry, former actress Meghan Markle now married
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In many ways, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex represented a much liberal and open-minded paradigm for the British monarchy.

Aside from the fact that Meghan—a biracial American woman—was welcomed into the conservative royal family, the ceremony itself was also a mix of traditional royal protocol and game-changing moments.

The wedding venue: Right off the bat, Prince Harry and Meghan chose to hold their wedding at the St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Apparently, the couple wanted a much quieter and more intimate affair, forgoing the popular option of holding the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The number of guests: Another significant change made in the wedding was the decision not to invite political leaders to the ceremony.

Prince Harry and Meghan only invited a close circle of their family and friends, cutting down the number of guests to 600.

In comparison, Prince William and Kate had almost 2,000 guests in attendance.

The bride walking down the aisle her own: Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding was met with tons of family drama from the bride's side.

It unfortunately ended with Meghan's father not attending the wedding due to his heart surgery, thus leaving no one to walk her down the aisle.

In the end, Prince Charles stepped in to accompany his future daughter-in-law halfway through her march.

IMAGE: The Royal Family / Youtube Livestream

No maid of honor: Who could forget the moment Pippa Middleton was introduced to the world during Prince William and Kate's wedding years ago?

She wore white, just like the bride, also wearing a design by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. It wasn't exactly royal taboo, but it did get everyone's attention.

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Meanwhile, Meghan made the unconventional choice of not having a maid of honor at her wedding.

The bride simply didn't want to single out any of her close friends.

Instead, she was surrounded by six young bridesmaids and four page boys, which included Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Homily by Most Reverend Michael Curry: One of the major changes in Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding was the inclusion of The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, for the wedding homily.

According to past royal protocol, only senior British members of the Church of England are appointed to deliver the address.

But the bride and the groom invited the African-American Bishop Michael Curry to do it instead.

This immediately added a refreshing twist to the conservative ceremony accorded to the monarchy.

Bishop Curry preached about the power of love, quoting African-American activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

This was followed by a rousing rendition of "Stand By Me" by the Kingdom Choir.

Bride to make a speech in reception:  Meghan announced early on that she would be making a speech at her reception, making an "affectionate" tribute to the prince and the royal family.

This would be a first for a royal wedding as the bride's father traditionally makes the speech.


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