Meghan defies convention with thoroughly wedding party
A far cry from Kate’s flower girls! Meghan gives her best friends’ children a starring role in the royal wedding – unlike the Duchess’ VERY blue-blooded young bridal party
- Meghan and Harry have announced their bridesmaid and page boy line-up
- The couple have chosen their godchildren and children of best friends
- Wedding party is a far cry from Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials
When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, she was trailed by a gaggle of blue-blooded boys and girls – including the offspring of an Earl and Princess Margaret’s granddaughter.
But Meghan Markle’s bridal party could not be more different, with the daughters of a handbag designer and a glamorous TV stylist among their ranks.
The princess-in-waiting gave a nod to her urban family when she announced this morning, via Kensington Palace, that her best friends’ children would have a starring role in the day’s proceedings.
In addition to Meghan’s two goddaughters, three of Harry’s godchildren and the children of Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney will complete the line-up, giving their nuptials a decidedly modern feel.
Kate was flanked by two of William’s cousins, two of his godchildren, the son of a former royal nanny and the Duchess of Cornwall’s three-year-old granddaughter when she walked up the aisle at Westminster Abbey in April 2011
Meghan is godmother to her friend Benita Litt’s two daughters Remi, six and Rylan, seven, and she is thought to have spent Christmas with the family in 2016 (pictured)
Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney touched down in Heathrow this morning with her young family, husband Ben and their three children who will have a starring role on the big day
While Kate had no flower girls or page boys from her side of the family, for Meghan to have her loved ones by her side is no doubt a comfort given reports that her father will be too ill to travel to the UK for the wedding.
Meghan and Harry’s decision to throw convention to the wind is in keeping with their determination to put a modern twist on their nuptials.
It is a far cry from the pomp and pageantry of William and Kate’s wedding, a ‘semi-state’ affair dominated by young royals and members of the aristocracy.
Kate was flanked by two of William’s cousins, two of his godchildren, the son of a former royal nanny and the Duchess of Cornwall’s three-year-old granddaughter when she walked up the aisle at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
The latest royal wedding development comes amid reports that younger royals including Lady Amelia Windsor and Freddie Windsor have been left off the guest list.
In an announcement shortly after their engagement last year, Harry’s communications secretary expressed the couple’s desire to make the wedding ‘a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom’.
This has been evident in their choice of wedding suppliers, from florist to the stars Philippa Craddock, to trendy London baker Claire Ptak.
Who were the page boys and bridesmaids for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding?
Prince William and Kate Middleton had two page boys and four bridesmaids when they married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. Here is the full list:
Lady Louise Windsor (Then aged seven, first cousin of Prince William, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex)
Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones (Aged eight, William’s second cousin and and the granddaughter of Princess Margaret)
L-R: Bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, Grace Van Cutsem and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones all had a starring role at the Royal wedding at Westminster Abbey
Grace Van Cutsem (Aged three, goddaughter of Prince William and daughter of the couple’s friend Hugh van Cutsem)
Eliza Lopes (Aged three, the granddaughter of William’s stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall)
L-R Bridesmaid Eliza Lopes and page boys Tom Pettifer and Master William Lowther-Pinkerton
Tom Pettifer (Aged eight, William’s godson and the son of the Prince’s former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke)
Master William Lowther-Pinkerton (Aged ten, the son of Prince William and Prince Harry’s former aide, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton)
Who are the four page boys and six bridesmaids for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?
Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have six bridesmaids and four pageboys at the wedding. Here is the full list:
Kate with Princess Charlotte after Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May last year
Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (aged three)
The middle child and only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has made a name for herself for her royal confidence despite being just three years old.
It was Charlotte – Harry’s niece – who led the way into the Lindo Wing to meet new baby brother Prince Louis, giving a regal wave as she went.
Her parents have told how the fourth in line to the throne rules the roost, saying she is ‘very sweet’ but also feisty.
Miss Florence van Cutsem (aged three – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem)
Three-year-old Florence is Prince Harry’s goddaughter, and the daughter of his long-standing family friend Major Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice van Cutsem.
Major van Cutsem, a major with the Household Cavalry’s Life Guards, has been a friend of Harry and William’s since childhood.
Remi and Ryan Litt are aged six and seven
Miss Remi Litt (aged six – goddaughter of Meghan Markle, daughter of Mrs Benita Litt and Mr Darren Litt)
Remi Litt is the six-year-old daughter of Meghan’s close friend Benita Litt and her husband Darren Litt.
Meghan is Remi’s godmother and in a since deleted Instagram post, the actress shared a picture of herself with the family – including her two ‘fairy god-daughters’ – showing them happily posing in front of a Christmas tree after spending the holidays together in 2016.
Benita runs her own brand agency under her name where she helps others to start businesses.
Miss Rylan Litt (aged seven – goddaughter of Meghan Markle, daughter of Mrs Benita Litt and Mr Darren Litt)
Meghan’s other goddaughter is seven years old and Benita Litt’s oldest child.
Ivy is the four-year-old youngest child of Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney
Miss Ivy Mulroney (aged four – daughter of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney)
Ivy is the four-year-old youngest child of Meghan’s stylist and best friend Jessica Mulroney.
The youngster’s name is actually Isabel Veronica but she is nicknamed Ivy.
Jessica Mulroney runs a bridal store in Toronto, where Meghan used to film Suits, and is said to have helped the bride choose her wedding gown.
She is married to Ben Mulroney – son of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.
Miss Zalie Warren (aged two – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs Zoe Warren and Mr Jake Warren)
Zalie is the youngest of the bridesmaids at just two years old.
She is another of Harry’s goddaughters and the daughter of one of his best friends, Jake Warren and Mr Warren’s wife Zoe.
The Warren family are closely connected to the royals through horse-racing. Jake’s father John Warren is the Queen’s racing manager.
The father-and-son team run Highclere Stud in Newbury together.
His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge (aged four)
Prince George goes to meet his new baby brother at hospital in London on April 27
Prince George, who is four, is third in line to the throne and a future king.
William and Kate’s eldest child is said to be shyer than his younger sister Charlotte, and the duke has told how his son loves helicopters, flying and is obsessed with all things police-related.
Like Charlotte, George is rarely seen in public. The duke and duchess try to ensure their children are protected from media intrusion.
But the pair have appeared at key royal events such as the annual Trooping the Colour parade, and have joined William and Kate on official overseas tours.
Jasper Dyer is a godson of Prince Harry’s
Master Jasper Dyer (aged six – godson of Prince Harry, son of Mrs Amanda Dyer and Mr Mark Dyer MVO)
Six-year-old Jasper Dyer is also a godson of Harry’s and the son of his trusted mentor Mark Dyer and Mr Dyer’s wife Amanda.
Former Welsh Guards office Mr Dyer has been a key father figure to the prince since childhood.
A former equerry to the Prince of Wales, he was entrusted by Charles to keep an eye on Harry.
The pair travelled together in Harry’s gap year and he inspired the prince’s charity work in Lesotho, southern Africa, after arranging Harry’s first ever stay in the country.
Master Brian Mulroney and Master John Mulroney (both aged seven – sons of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney)
The fraternal twin sons of Jessica and Ben Mulroney are seven years old – and older siblings to Ivy Mulroney.
In an interview with thestar.com in 2014, Mrs Mulroney described how the boys were best friends.
‘Ben was at the MMVAs (iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards) and John did something really sweet,’ she said. ‘He hugged Brian from behind and said, ‘Brian, you make me great’. ‘
The article described the children, who had two nannies, as ‘incredibly well-behaved’.
Brian and John Mulroney are Jessica and Ben Mulroney’s twin seven-year-olds
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