We wonder what the bride thinks of that…
Pippa Middleton announced her engagement to multi-millionaire hedge fund manager, James Matthews, last July, with the couple set to wed just next month.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be walking down the aisle with their aunt as pageboy and flower girl, and Kate Middleton is the obvious choice for maid of honour, but it’s not the bridal party that has got everyone talking, it’s the guest list, with news emerging just yesterday that some unexpected guests might be showing up.
As stated in an official Church of England guidance document, ‘a marriage is a public ceremony which at the least all parishioners are entitled to attend’. This means, therefore, that all of the parishioners at St. Marks church, Englefield, have a right to attend ‘as long as there is available seating or standing room unless a genuine question of safety or security arises’.
The locals seem to be thrilled, with the chairman of the parish council for a neighbouring village telling the Telegraph, ‘It’s a rather nice thought that they might be able to attend. I’m sure there will be interest.’
We’re not sure how the bride will take the news though, especially seeing as Pippa had strict thoughts on the guest list anyway, reportedly imposing a ‘no bling no bring’ rule for the ceremony, essentially meaning that guests could only bring a plus one if they were engaged or married to them.
This unfortunately ruled out invites for Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s long-term girlfriend, and Vogue Williams, girlfriend of the groom’s brother, Spencer Matthews, among others.
It seems an exception has now been made for Meghan, with the Suits actress allowed to come along to the reception as Prince Harry’s plus one, but due to the ‘no bling, not bring’ rule, she won’t be attending the ceremony. While this probably didn’t bother Meghan before, it must be a bit of a kick in the teeth now considering the amount of parishioners from Englefield that might be there while she’s waiting in the car.