We are back with oodles of info on the wedding, and a fun giveaway for one of Meghan’s rings. But first, an engagement added to Meghan and Harry’s calendar; here are details from our Meg Events page.
- 6 April, Friday: Meghan and Prince Harry will attend the UK team trials for the Sydney Invictus Games at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
There has been quite a bit of chatter about Harry and Meghan’s attendance at this year’s Invictus games in Sydney, Australia; multiple reports say the couple will do a tour in Australia and possibly New Zealand before or after the October Games. As always, we’ll have coverage of Friday’s engagement on the WMW Facebook page, our Twitter feed, as well as on Instagram.
Now for the latest on Meghan. Omid Scobie, who has accurately broken a number of stories about Meghan and the wedding, reported on Twitter this morning that it appears Meghan was in L.A. this weekend.
Click here to visit Omid’s Twitter feed.
This weekend we learned who will be doing the floral design for the wedding. Harry and Meghan have selected Philippa Craddock to create their floral look.
More about the designer from Vogue:
The London-based decorative designer counts Selfridges, Lancôme, Fortnum & Mason, and Alexander McQueen among her clients. The London Times even calls her “queen of London florists.”
The florist’s statement about being selected for the commission:
“I am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers,” Philippa Craddock said. “Working with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront.”
Here we see the look Ms. Craddock created for a wedding and reception at a private home in London.
One more look from this event.
More from The Express:
The Suits actress, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, have chosen eye-catching arrangements that include white garden roses, foxgloves and, Meghan’s favourite flower, peonies.
So great is her appreciation of all things floral, her mother even calls her “Flower”.
The room will also be set off by branches of beech, birch and hornbeam.
Here you see one of the florist’s designs for a Victoria and Albert event.
The official news release from the Palace about the flowers notes that they “…will be created using locally sourced foliage, much of which will be taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.”
A look at another wedding display by Ms.Craddock.
One more element of the floral news comes via that Express article:
Aisles, pews, tables and halls will be lined with plants from wild flower meadows which Kensington Palace said are picked to: “Provide a great habitat for bees and help nurture and sustain entire ecosystems by promoting a healthy and biodiverse environment.”
The bee-friendly plants will be potted and re-planted after the wedding, while cut flowers will be given away to charities.
Below, flowers from a wedding described on the Philippa Craddock website as “Country Brights Sussex”.
And these designs are from a promotion done with Jo Malone.
From the photos we have seen, it looks like the floral design will be spectacular.
Since we last touched base there has also been news about the role military forces will play in the wedding.
Details from this Town and Country story:
Units “that hold a special relationship with Prince Harry” such as Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, Royal Marines, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, and RAF Honington, will also be present.
Personnel from these units as well as 1st Battalion Irish Guards will line the streets within the precincts of Windsor Castle on May 19. The Band of the Irish Guards will also provide musical support.
About 250 military personnel are expected to take part in the events.
Our next item is something really fun, a giveaway! Many of you are familiar with Meghan’s Peacemaker Ring ($42). The piece is from BaubleBar, the online jewelry company started in 2010 by friends Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky.
Meghan posted photos of herself wearing the ring in 2015 on her now-closed Instagram account. In the post she writes about the ring being a gift from her friend, actress Olivia Palermo.”My sweet @OliviaPalermo – thank you for all the baubles. Loving your collab w/ @BaubleBar, beauty!
Ms. Palermo did a collaboration with BaubleBar in 2015.
The ring is now available for pre-order from BaubleBar, but we actually have one on hand. Susan Courter was surprised and delighted when BaubleBar reached out to her about the style, and offered to send her a complimentary ring. Here is an abridged version of her review. (You can read her full-length review here.)
In the past year I happened to purchase a few items from BaubleBar and have been happy with each item. The Peacemaker ring was something I had actually been looking at recently. I received the ring earlier this week and was really excited upon opening the box.
The ring is just so pretty in person; the online photos do not do it justice! From the product description: “Inspired by nature, a multi-finger ring features crystal covered vines that delicately wrap around the hand. Ring is adjustable.”
You can wear the ring on either your first and middle finger or middle and ring finger as it’s a two finger wrap-ring. The longer leaf portion extends about two inches onto the back of the hand.
It is a beautiful piece. The 14 kt. gold-plated brass is very shiny and the stones glitter in the light. As much as I love it, it’s not something I would wear all day long; because of its design the extended portion of the ring isn’t flush with your hand and could catch on things. It is more of a ring you would wear for a party, wedding or a night out. It is a different piece and stunning on.
The ring comes in two sizes 6/7, 7/8. (If unsure of the size you need, check the BaubleBar Fit Guide.) I am really looking forward to wearing this and having it be a conversation piece – I’m sure it will spark some compliments and discussion, especially when people hear Meghan has worn the style.
As we mentioned above, the Peacemaker Ring is available for preorders.
BaubleBar was kind enough to send Susan Courter a complimentary ring and we’re excited to give it away! Here’s how to enter:
- Pop over to BaubleBar and pick out one of their goodies that you would like to own.
- Come back here and leave us a comment with the name of the item. That’s all you need to do! (If you’d like to share where you might wear the piece or why you like it, that would be terrific, but that’s not a requirement to be entered.)
The giveaway is open internationally. We will take entries until midnight Sunday night EDT, the 8th. Susan C will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Monday, April 9 and we’ll get in touch via email.
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We’ll leave you with this image of Meghan and Harry on yet another magazine cover. This is the April 16th issue of People.
- The official news release about the flowers may be read here; the Philippa Craddock website is here; the florist’s Facebook page is here and Instagram feed here
- For the government’s news release about military participation click here; the Royal Navy news release is here
- For daily updates with the latest news on the wedding and other Meghan-related info, be sure to check The Latest Buzz. The link is on the home page menu bar.
UPDATE: We have picked a winner: congratulations to Linda from New Jersey, your ring is on its way!