This is wedding-specific links and news bytes culled from The Latest Buzz. This page will go away after the wedding, but The Latest Buzz will remain part of the site. Right now much of it is related to the wedding (which is why much of the content is also on the Wedding Central ‘Buzz’ page), obviously, that will change after May 19th. If you don’t want to sift through all of the posts on merchandise and Meghan’s wardrobe and other topics, this may be the place for you.
- There is more on the tiara topic in “What tiara will Meghan Markle wear?” fromThe Daily Mirror, including a list of three tiaras Meghan is unlikely to wear.
- The Royal Family YouTube channel has a number of quick videos about the wedding
- Us Weekly reports Meghan’s dress is “safely hidden away” in Windsor, and Meghan will be showing it to Her Majesty before the wedding.
- USA Today’s story on the dress includes input from a few industry insiders I’d not seen before.
- The Hollywood Reporter has a good list of those attending from the entertainment world.
- This TIME story also covers the guest list. A heads-up, you are likely to be aware of most of the people in the article, I didn’t see it breaking any new ground. And it does show the Spice Girls going, I thought invites for them turned out not to be happening….?
MAY 5: The rumors continue about Meghan wearing a Ralph and Russo gown. In addition to Friday’s Daily Mail story by Rebecca English, there was another piece from Rebecca in today’s Mail, this one includes a photo showing Prince Harry leaving the Ralph and Russo studio last month. This part seems a little odd; if hoping to maintain secrecy about the gown we can’t see Harry at the studio, where he knows he is likely to be photographed…? Hmmmm.
- Today we learned all sorts of details about the wedding, including the schedule/timeline, who is walking Meghan down the aisle, how Princess Diana is being remembered in the ceremony, and more. It’s all covered in this post; you can also get caught up via the quick list on our Wedding Central – The Details page.
- In a story for The Daily Mail Rebecca English is reporting that Meghan’s dress will be by Ralph and Russo. In terms of context, I cannot think of a time when Rebecca has been wrong on a story; that is one reason we’re sharing the info here on the site. Of course, it’s always possible this won’t turn out to be the dress; we just won’t know until we see Meghan on the 19th.
- So, all those stories about Amal Clooney’s stylist doing Meghan’s hair for the wedding….? It’s not exactly happening. Actually, it’s not happening at all. It turns out the person making the comments is an imposter. Miguel Perez never made the statements attributed to him, and was very clear in saying he is *not* doing Meghan’s hair. Mr. Perez posted on his Instagram that the stories were not true, and he’s not even met Meghan. Thank you the ever-stellar Mad About Meghan blog for the tip.
- Will Meghan wear a tiara? If so, which one? This IBT story addresses those questions and discusses a theory that both Susans ascribe to: Meghan may well wear a new tiara made especially for the occasion.
- Harry and Meghan will use an Ascot Landau carriage for their ride through Windsor. You’ll recognize the style, the carriages (there are 5 Landaus) are used frequently for events like Royal Ascot and at other big occasions, including royal weddings. According to KP Meghan and Harry visited the Royal Mewsand selected the carriage they wanted to use. Should there be rain on the 19th they will use the Scottish State Coach. Below, Pippa Middleton and some of the flower girls in an Ascot Landau at Kate and William’s wedding. More in this Vanity Fair story, or this Daily Mail piece.
- Australia’s Sunrise show introduces us to the Australian chosen as the lead rider in the carriage procession, with thanks to the Royal Editor for the tip.
An Australian has been chosen as lead horse rider in #HarryAndMeghan’s wedding procession! @TheRoyalEditor pic.twitter.com/sdMEAgFytA
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 2, 2018
- Joe Little of Majesty magazine reports a microbrewery in Northumberland, the Twice Brewed Inn, has finalized plans for a Harry & Meghan bottled beer.
- Georgetown Cupcake, featured in DC Cupcakes on TLC, has put together a special dozen cupcakes in honor of the wedding. Flavors included in the special mix: Lemon Elderflower Rose, Red Velvet, Chocolate & Buttercream, and Vanilla & Buttercream. You can order the Royal Wedding Dozen here($36), available May 1 – May 21. UPDATE
- We continue to update our Wedding Central TV/Online Coverage page here on the site. Today we added info from BritBox about their plans to stream ITV’s coverage live.
- The Mirror reports the Queen may be giving Harry and Meghan their own home on the Sandringham estate; the article says it would most likely be York Cottage. From the story: “Following their wedding in 1893, York Cottage was the home of King George V and Queen Mary, and lies in close proximity to Anmer Hall.” Here you see the house in a 2007 photograph by Len Williams.
- According to The Daily Mail, replicas of Meghan and Eugenie’s engagement rings are selling extremely well because of interest in the two weddings.
- On Sunday night’s Call the Midwife episode the Kingdom Choir was featured. The group is singing at the wedding. Many thanks to Micki Maynard for the tip on this one! See the photos on the CTMW Facebook page.
- Jessica Mulroney was in London this weekend for a dress fitting, a stop at St George’s Chapel and other activities; Emily Andrews has the story in The Sun
- The Evening Standard shows how to “Recreate Meghan’s Messy Bun at Home“
- CTV covers the way Canadian designers are getting a “boost from Meghan’s style”.
- Suhani Jalota, founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, will be a guest at the wedding. The charity is one of seven organizations suggested as recipients for anyone wishing to make a donation as a wedding gift. This is the charity Meghan visited in India that empowers women and works to eliminate the taboos associated with menstruation. After visiting the charity last year Meghan wrote a TIME guest editorial about the issue. Below, Meghan visiting the visiting.
- The Sun has a wonderful piece sharing some of the behind the scenes info on royal wedding preps, explaining things like the way Harry also destroyed William’s cake made of McVitie’s biscuits and chocolate.
- In this Harpers Bazaar story Vera Wang confirms she is *not* doing the dress (no surprise there) and shares ideas on what she thinks would work in a dress for Meghan in
- ABC has a fun story on ways to get a Taste of the Royal Wedding
- In an article in The Express Caroline Castigliano, a luxury and bespoke bridal designer, talks about what she thinks we’ll see Meghan wearing and also shares a sketch
he Daily Mail reports that Miguel Perez will do Meghan’s hair on the big day; he apparently does Meghan’s hair in London and is also Amal Clooney’s stylist. (You will need to scroll way down the page for the story.) UPDATE: See May 3 post above.
- Another overview of the three different venues for the wedding and two receptions comes via Harper’s Bazaar; there are some outstanding photos of St George’s Chapel and St George’s Hall.
- As expected, Kensington Palace has announced that Prince William will be Prince Harry’s best man
- It sounds like Serena Williams may not be able to come to the wedding because of the French Open. Priyanka Chopra confirms she is attending but is not a bridesmaid;
- Kensington Palace released information today on the music we’ll hear during the service. For a detailed look at who and what is involved, click here.
- You will be able to buy/stream some/all of the music from the wedding! Billboard reports “Decca Records is to record the May 19 wedding ceremony live and release it direct to streaming services worldwide the same day….”.
APRIL 20: Here is a new piece from Maclean’s on the likelihood of Meghan wearing a tiara for her wedding, and if so, which one?
- There is a lot of chatter about Meghan wearing two dresses on the big day. This is something both Susan C and Susan K have long thought would be the case; in fact, we both think she will wear pieces from two different designers.
- Here is a look from Racked at not just the latest odds from British bookmakers on who is making Meghan’s wedding dress, but an explainer on how they even arrive at such info
- Will Meghan wear a tiara for the wedding? Canoe looks into that question and offers some interesting background on tiaras
- Here’s an interesting story about Windsor Castle, “a look at Meghan & Harry’s (relatively) low-key wedding site.”
- The Daily Mirror asks if Meghan will wear white, or perhaps another color, as the Queen did?
- My friends at Daily Break have a solid list featuring some of the memorabilia and products for sale tied to the wedding.
- CNN has some surprising names in its piece pondering who is still in the running to make Meghan’s wedding dress
- The Telegraph also offers this story: “The Meghan Markle Effect: how second weddings are becoming bigger than the first”
- The Chicago Tribune takes a look at Windsor, “Harry and Meghan’s (relatively) low key wedding site”
- Our final item, the darling collection Cath Kidston is offering in honor of the wedding. There are some fun, cute pieces.
APRIL 15: Apologies for falling behind on this a bit; Susan K’s desktop died, taking all data with it until Apple and the Spousal Unit performed a brief and miraculous resuscitation.
- This Architectural Digest story takes a look inside Frogmore House, where the early wedding reception will be held.
- We now know how pleased Meghan and Harry were with the engagement photos taken by Alexi Lubomirski; Kensington Palace announced today he has been retained to shoot the wedding photos.
- Another designer has verified she isn’t making Meghan’s wedding gown; Victoria Beckham told James Corden she is not the designer. Thank you to ABC’s Carolyn Durand for the information!
- Meghan is in Chicago for the weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune. The paper reports”Markle landed at the airport at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a second source, who also said that she will be leaving town early Sunday evening. Chicago police provided physical security for her but not an actual escort, the source said.”
- Be sure to check the Meg Events page on the site, it has details on the three occasions next week when we expect toes Meghan.
- The Associated Press has a new story by Danica Kirk looking at Meghan’s impact on the economy, you can read it here at the New York Times.
APRIL 11: The Daily Mirror has a list of likely celebrity guests in this story.
- There will not be any political guests at the wedding according to a statement released today by Kensington Palace. Michelle and Barack Obama will not be attending, nor the Trumps; even PM Theresa May will not be in attendance. As explained by Richard Palmer of The Express, “Essentially, it’s been decided that there’s no need for official guests, as Prince Harry is not likely to be a future King. Everyone inside the chapel will know Harry and Meghan personally.” More details can be seen in this Daily Mirror story.
- We do know that Alex Lubomirski, who shot Meghan and Harry’s engagement photos, will be at the wedding. The photographer told E! News that he and his wife, Giada Lubomirski, have been invited to the wedding. Read the photographer’s description of what the engagement photo shoot was like in the E! News story.
- Apparently Meghan’s decision to wear the Ralph & Russo gown seen in the engagement photos was not set in stone, nor even as planned out as many of us thought. That’s according to an interview Alex Lubomirski did with Entertainment Tonight.
- Kensington Palace has released the names and background stories of some of the 1200 members of the public who are attending the wedding. They include 12-year-old Amelia Thompson, a survivor of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester; Reuben Litherland of Derby, who was born deaf and started teaching lunchtime sign language lessons at his school; Pamela Anomneze, manager of Studio 306 Collective, a program using creative arts to help people recover from mental health issues; and Philip Gillespie, who lost his right leg in an IED incident in Afghanistan and works raising awareness and funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
- If you’ve wondered just who Meghan’s closest friends are, this Us Weekly piece has the answers.
- Here is a piece of memorabilia you probably won’t see everywhere: a commemorative Royal Wedding Plate showing Meghan and….Ed Sheeran. The company making the place says that was not a mistake, they did it on purpose. It is being sold for $36.50 at etsy; from the amount of publicity the plate has received, I think it may well have been a deliberate decision by the seller. More in this Evening Standard story.
- CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association): “supports children and young people living with HIV across the UK and Ireland. We address critical needs for those growing up with HIV.” The charity’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here. To make a donation click here.
- Crisis is “a national charity for homeless people.” The charity’s Facebook page is here and its Twitter feed is here. To donate, click here.
- The Myna Mahila Foundation is based in Mumbai, helping empower women in the city’s urban slums. The Foundation offers “stable employment close to their homes, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene by offering women access to low cost sanitary pads and accurate information at their doorstep.” Some of you may be familiar with the organization; Meghan visited the charity last year, and wrote about it in a widely-respected Time magazine essay. The Myna Mahila Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here and you can donate by clicking here.
- Scotty’s Little Soldiers “offers support for bereaved Armed Forces children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.” It may sound familiar to WhatKate Wore readers; children from the organization were invited to last May’s Party at the Palace hosted by Harry, Kate and William. The charity’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here & Instagram page here. Click here to donate.
- Street Games may also sound familiar; Meghan and Harry visited the charity in February when in Wales. The organization “uses sport to empower young people to kick-start a cycle of positive change in their own lives that resonates across their communities.” The Street Games Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here and you can donate by clicking here.
- Surfers Against Sewage is “a national marine conservation and campaigning charity, which inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.” Visit the organization’s Facebook page here; you can follow their Twitter feed here. Click here to donate.
- Wilderness Foundation UK “promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature.” The charity’s Facebook page is here, its Twitter feed here and Instagram page here. To donate, click here.
- If you’re like us and wondering what an Elderflower wedding cake would taste like, Delish has the answer in this story.
- Hello! Canada reports that Canada is a ‘top choice’ for Harry and Meghan’s first royal tour
APRIL 7: As speculation continues that Ralph & Russo are designing Meghan’s gown, London’s Financial Times asks Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo point blank: “So, Tamara and Michael, are you designing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?” Seated across from me on a silvery satin chaise longue, the pair “politely decline” to comment, and I’m forced to draw my conclusions from their body language. Russo crosses his arms defensively and grits his teeth, while Ralph gives a nervous laugh and awkwardly swishes her long, treacle-coloured ponytail. I have no industry intelligence about it, but based on their reactions, if Ladbrokes hadn’t closed bets then mine would be on this duo.”
- Everything to know about Meghan Markle’s stylist, close friend and wedding planner Jessica Mulroney is an ABC piece you might find interesting. Of course, you can also look at our post here on WMW, it’s titled Meet Meghan’s Friend & Stylist
- Hello! Canada has a piece and the latest trailer from the Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
- The NY Times has put together “The Royal Wedding FAQs” and it’s kind of fun, in addition to being helpful. Many thanks to my friend Joyce for the tip on this one!
- And today’s wedding whimsey: the Royal Wedding Tea Towel from the BBC ($15.98) that we learned about from Jessica of the always fabulous Fug Girls.
- Town & Country’s etiquette expert explains why some wedding invitations only include half a couple; it turns out there is a reason plus-ones have not been included.
- Erdem continues to be touted as the likely designer of Meghan’s wedding dress. Many think a move the company announced this week is just another sign pointing to the likelihood he is “the one.” Elle has more in this story.
- However…Ralph and Russo made a similar move this week. People has more on this development. (If needing to do a speed read, scroll down to the 5th paragraph for the salient section.)
- Metro has a piece looking at dress designers, with “all of the potentials from Ralph & Russo to Sarah Burton.”
- An old Tostitos commercial featuring Meghan has surfaced; click here to watch the spot, shot in 2009.
- If planning to have a proper tea while you watch the wedding, you might want to consider today’s wedding whimsy, the Royal Wedding Biscuit Tin from England’s Biscuiteers. The cookies are handmade and decorated, they retail for £45, that’s about$63.
- Omid Scobie, who has accurately broken a number of stories about Meghan and the wedding, tweeted that Meghan appears to have been in Los Angeles for the weekend. Click here for the Twitter thread.
- Metro has an article on one of the first members of the public who has received an invitation
- Unrelated to Meghan and Harry, but a fun read: the Daily Mirror’s piece looking at possible wedding gown designers for Princess Beatrice.
- It’s another People cover for Meghan! The accompanying story is titled How Love Changed Harry
- ET has a piece featuring royal photographer Tim Rooke’s take on how Meghan is doing as she adapts to life with the Royal Family.
- You can read about the “bittersweet time” at Suits as filming wrapped up with Meghan and co-star Patrick Adams; Altar-Bound Meghan Markle to Leave TV Show With a Wedding is on the NY Times website.
- In this People story, we hear predictions on how Meghan will style her hair for the wedding from Nicky Clarke, one of Diana’s hairdressers, and Daniel Galvin Junior, whose royal clients include Prince Harry’s cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
APRIL 2: Meghan and Harry have selected a florist and chosen the kind of flowers they will use for their wedding. Here are some links: florist Philippa Craddock’s website is here(where you can see her work at weddings she has done); the Kensington Palace news release is here; a Vogue story is here; SkyNews story is here; a BBC piece is here; the Daily Mail’s article is here.
APRIL 1: Meghan is getting her own figure at Madame Tussaud’s; this Hello! story has more.
- The Sunday Times Magazine’s cover story this weekend is an exclusive by author Andrew Morton titled “Meghan: her true story“. Meghan is also featured on the cover of Tatler’s May issue. Susan C notes both magazines use previously seen photos; Meghan did not pose for either cover.
- Suits season 7 premiered and Susan C posted info on what Meghan wore on Facebook.
- The Thames Valley Police have released some details about the massive security operation for the wedding. There is a video on the TVP Facebook page and a news release on the TVP website. If you are planning to go to Windsor for the wedding this is well worth your time.
- In Tiara Talk there is some chatter about the Spencer family tiara, worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, on her wedding day. According to a Daily Mirror story quoting an OK! story, “”A Spencer Family member has made it known that the tiara is available to Ms. Markle for her wedding day should she choose to wear it.” This one goes in the “take it with again of salt” category.
- Inside Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s £32 million Wedding comes from The Telegraph
- Also from The Telegraph: a good piece with Jenny Packham in which she talks about “…why Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will set bridal trends for years to come”.
- Many readers will recall the Middleotns received a coat of arms before Kate and William’s wedding. T&C asks Will Meghan Markle’s Family Receive a Coat of Arms Before Her Wedding?
- Town and Country breaks down what the invitation dress code instructions really mean, also answering the question “What exactly is a “lounge suit,” anyway?”
- AOL has a fun piece looking at the tradition of royal wedding cakes
- Danielle Stacey of The Mirror looks at some of the other royals who have worn designs by Amanda Wakeley.
- Click here for People’s story titled “Meghan Markle’s Royal Wardrobe: Here’s Who Pays for It, and Why She Can’t Accept Free Clothes”
- A HuffPo UK story on Meghan’s new assistant, Amy Pickerill, may be read here
- Lyst’s annual Wedding Report with The Meghan Effect at #3 may be seen here
- From Ellie Krupnick at Racked we offer “Meghan Markle Is Really Good at Pants, Truly the Pants Princess“
- Click here for People’s “How Meghan Markle Has Mastered Palace Protocol—at Record Speed!”
- Newsweek’s piece is here “Meghan Markle Kidnapped by Special Forces in Royal Terror Training”