15 December 2022

Harry and Meghan recall how ‘charming’ Charles helped on wedding day

15 December 2022

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recalled how the King helped choose the orchestra for their wedding and comforted Meghan with his “charming” presence.

The pair wed in May 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle with millions watching in the UK and around the world.

Around 30 members of the royal family including the Queen gathered for the ceremony officiated by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

In the fourth episode of their Netflix series, the duchess recalls how her husband chose Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine for her entrance.

She said: “You chose the song that I walked down the aisle to, which was stunning. It was so beautiful.”

Harry added: “My father helped us choose an orchestra, which made all the difference.”

In the absence of her own father, Thomas Markle, who was found to have staged paparazzi photos in the days ahead of the wedding, Meghan was escorted by the now King.

She said: “Harry’s dad is very charming and I said to him like ‘I’ve lost my dad in this’, so him as my father-in-law was really important to me.

“So I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said yes.”

Asked how he felt seeing his bride-to-be walking towards him, Harry said: “Look at me. Look what I got. Look what I found.

“The world was watching us, but when we were at the altar, as far as I was concerned, it was just the two of us.”

The docuseries also sees Meghan admit she was surprised by the number of well-wishers who gathered at Windsor Castle.

She said: “I knew that when I got to the actual castle – how funny is that, to say ‘When we got to the castle for my wedding’ – that there would be tons of people.

“What I didn’t know is people would be lining both sides of the street. I mean, this was a 15-minute drive.”

Stylist and fashion designer Clare Waight Keller, who designed the wedding dress, said there had been “many conversations” about “how you want to present yourself to the world”.

The gown and its five-metre long silk tulle veil – embroidered with flowers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations – were created after 3,900 hours of work by a 50-strong team.

“I mean, most of us have a wedding with 70 to 200 people,” she added.

“This was billions of people watching this wedding. It has to be flawless, it has to be perfect.”

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