Weddings are often considered as a family affair, with formalities like the bride’s parents (more importantly her father) walking her down the aisle to ‘give away’ to the groom who is often flanked by his own parents as a sign of their acceptance.
But what happens if the bride is estranged with her family? Who would give her away?
Of course, the bride can really just walk towards the altar by herself but tradition dictates that there should be someone there for her; thus, the bride often chooses another close male family member to do the honors.
But for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the royal family broke tradition when it was the groom’s dad, Prince Charles, who walked the lovely bride down the aisle. While Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was in attendance, it was the Crown Prince of England who walked his daughter-in-law down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle to marry his son.
While it was much different from what people are used to, it was a sign of the royal family’s heartfelt acceptance of Meghan, an American ‘commoner’ who’s also controversial due to her status as a divorcee.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry was flanked by his best man, elder brother Prince William.
When the gorgeous bride appeared, Prince Harry looked rather grim. While a lot of netizens joked that he was having second thoughts about this wedding, many knew that he’s just fighting back tears.
The latter theory proved to be correct when Prince Harry was later seen mouthing, “You look amazing!” to his bride, with a big smile on his face.
"You look amazing."
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The couple looked nervous as they listened to the pastor’s sermon which dragged on for over 20 minutes. Netizens were laughing at how this pastor, American Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, stole the show with his theatrics and how he ‘sermoned’ the royals.
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Some thought the sermon was not appropriate for the occasion, though.
“Geez, that Episcopal preacher is a little over the top for a royal wedding (he’d be great for a revival meeting)… The audience went from amusement to bewilderment; the royals didn’t look “amused”. .. It looked like Prince Philip was going to have a stroke,” @drwill_SuttonPl tweeted.
“From now on every pastor for a royal wedding is gonna have to have a prewritten sermon… there’s a time and a place to talk about slavery, a #royalwedding is not one,” @sierraf20 wrote.
But after that was over, everyone was once again focused on the couple as they exchanged their wedding vows in front of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
After the wedding, the couple kissed on the steps of St. George’s Chapel. It was the first kiss they shared as a married couple. Now that they are married, the couple earned the official title as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Watch the entire ceremony here: