All The Inside Info On Who Will Attend Harry and Meghan’s Big Day
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What you need to know
- Meghan's mother will be involved on the day
- Thomas Markle will not attend
- Angelina Jolie, Serena Williams and George and Amal Clooney are potential guests
- Harry has invited Diana's relatives
Prince Harry and bride-to-be Meghan Markle have kept the guest list for their May 19 wedding largely under wraps, which is super classy and frankly we expect nothing less. This does mean that we have to put our thinking caps on when it comes to figuring out who is -- and isn't -- expected to attend the biggest event of the year.
What we do know is that there are some rather unexpected absences from the invite list. UK prime minister Theresa May and other political leaders have not been invited. President of the United States Donald Trump is believed not to have been sent an invitation, nor have Barack and Michelle Obama who were a highlight at Will and Kate’s wedding. Harry is not expected to invite European royals either.
The decision behind the comparatively pared back guest list was in part due to Harry's position as sixth in line to the throne. The size of the venue was also taken into account -- St George's Chapel is much smaller than Westminster Abbey, which Will and Kate packed with some 1,900 guests in 2011.
So who can we expect to see on the big day? On Harry’s side, his grandparents the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as his father Prince Charles and stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Charles and Camilla had their own marriage blessed at the same chapel in 2005.
His brother and best man Prince William will be front and centre, while the Duchess of Cambridge will be keeping an eye on pageboy George, four, and flower girl Charlotte, two. The youngest royal Prince Louis, born on April 23, will remain with the royal nanny. The bub will be just under four weeks old and is just a bit too young to mix with such a huge crowd.
Harry's uncle, Prince Andrew, is sure to be there but his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson probably won't. Their daughters -- Harry's cousins -- Beatrice and Eugenie are definite attendees. Relatives from Harry’s late mother Diana's family such as his uncle, Earl Charles Spencer, and Diana's two sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, will also attend. Lady Jane will give a reading.
Powerhouse couple George and Amal Clooney are on the list. A-lister Angelina Jolie has just landed in London -- is she in town for a certain wedding? British model and actress Cara Delevingne may add some serious star power, as would David and Victoria Beckham. The celebrity couple were guests at Will and Kate’s nuptials.
Victoria hasn’t publicly confirmed her invite status but we're almost 100 percent certain that the Spice Girls are going to be there -- well some of them at least. So don't get your hopes up for an exclusive performance.
Singer Sir Elton John was very close with Harry’s mother and would be a great addition to the guest list. Brit singer Ellie Goulding is another potential attendee -- and performer -- as she sang during Will and Kate’s first dance. Soul singer Joss Stone is a shoe-in, as she’s an ambassador for Harry's Sentebale charity. Lesotho's Prince Seeiso, with whom Harry co-founded the charity, is also a likely guest.
Harry's pal James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, will attend with his producing partner Ben Winston. But don't even think about asking Rihanna about her invite. You might not like her response. And what about Harry's exes Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas -- will they be on the guest list? We'll have to wait and see.
The Prince’s military comrades from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and his time in Afghanistan will contribute in several ways including by escorting the couple on their carriage procession. Keep your eyes out for one ex-soldier in particular, singer James Blunt, who served with Harry in the British Army.
On Meghan’s side, we can expect to see a lot of her mother Doria Ragland in the lead up to and on the big day especially since her father Thomas Markle Sr. will no longer attend due to health reasons. Doria landed in London on May 18 and spent time with the Queen and other members of the royal family. Meghan and her mum will travel to the ceremony together on the big day. Meghan's dad will walk her down the aisle.
Fashion designer Misha Nonoo is the suspected matchmaker who brought Harry and Meghan together and certainly deserves an invite if the rumours are true. Tennis legend Serena Williams is all but confirmed. Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney may be a bridesmaid, as might old uni pal Lindsay Roth. Meghan was Roth’s maid of honor – will the bride-to-be return the favour?
Actors Janina Gavankar and Priyanka Chopra are possible guests, as are Meghan’s Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams, Abigail Spencer and Sarah Rafferty. British heiress and former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh is a hot pick for a role in the bridal party. Whoever is lucky enough to be there at the wedding of the year is sure to capture the world’s attention, but not as much as the fairy-tale bride and groom themselves.
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