Prince Harry's finance Meghan Markle plans to break a centuries-old tradition when she weds the royal in May.
Markle has already divided opinion across the world when the engagement was announced, with many surprised that the Suits actress would be deemed an appropriate bride for the 33-year-old prince. Not only is Markle straight from Hollywood, but she's also a divorcee, having been married previously to actor Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. Markle was often prominent on her social media accounts, which were deleted earlier this month ahead of the union. While she is already a step apart from the usual royal bride, she is going to take it further by giving her nuptials an added twist.
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According to Unilad, the Los Angeles native plans to give her own speech at the wedding, something that is usually reserved for the groom and father of the bride. Sources say that the address will include a thank you to the Queen for accepting her into the royal family, a few (presumably clean) jokes and an ode to her new husband. Markle's father, Thomas, is reportedly a reserved individual and while he is set to walk his daughter down the aisle in the ceremony held at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, it's unlikely that he will give his own speech. "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," a source told The Sunday Times.
Markle is no stranger to public speaking, having appeared at several different events such as 2015'S UN Women's Conference, where she gave an impassioned speech about her lifetime dedication to make changes in the world.
Prince Harry and Meghan first met on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend in 2016. The engagement was officially announced on Nov. 27, 2017, and a photo shoot ensued. The bespoke ring consists of a diamond from Botswana and two smaller diamonds from the collection of his late mother, Princess Diana.