We’re still not over Meghan Markle’s groundbreaking royal wedding speech

Yet another reason to love the Duchess of Sussex…

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Yet another reason to love the Duchess of Sussex…

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot this weekend at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in quite possibly the most star-studded ceremony in history.

But while the royal wedding guests ranged from Victoria Beckham and Amal Clooney to Serena Williams and Oprah, the whole event will go down as one of the sweetest in royal history, with the royal family making a huge effort to welcome Meghan into the fold.

Royal protocol was broken to allow Prince Harry to keep his beard, despite wearing army uniform, and Meghan Markle made history by not only walking herself down the aisle in the absence of her father Thomas Markle, but also by delivering a speech at the reception.

That’s right. It was a watershed moment at the Queen’s luncheon reception, when guests who were expecting speeches from Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles, were treated to a few words from the bride.

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According to reports, she nailed it, delivering an affectionate speech to her husband and thanking the royal family for looking after her and being so welcoming.

Prince Harry then later returned the favour, supposedly praising the style and grace with which his new wife had navigated the past few months, with both Prince Charles and Prince William said to have referenced how much of a ‘beautiful’ couple the newlyweds make.

While Elton John performed a mini concert in the couple’s honour and forgoing a traditional sit down meal, the guests were served on-trend bowled food, Meghan’s speech is said to have been the highlight (as well as her wedding dress of course) - and given the historic moment, we’re not surprised.

Congratulations again to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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