Wed | Dec 13, 2017

Harry and Meghan to have May royal wedding at Windsor Castle

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday. (AP)

LONDON (AP):

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a May wedding at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel, royal officials announced yesterday.

Windsor Castle, west of London, is one of Queen Elizabeth II's main residences. The 15th-century chapel is as historic as but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Harry's older brother, William, married Kate Middleton in 2011.

Harry's communications secretary, Jason Knauf, said Windsor "is a very special place for Prince Harry," and he and Markle have regularly spent time there since they began dating about a year and a half ago.

He said the wedding "will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom." The royal family will foot the bill.

Harry, 33, and 36-year-old American actress Markle announced their engagement on Monday.

Harry's Kensington Palace office said Markle plans to apply for British citizenship, and will be baptised in the Church of England before she marries the fifth in line to the throne.

The couple will carry out their first official engagement on Friday, visiting a youth charity and a World Aids Day event in Nottingham, central England. For Markle, who has left the TV series Suits after seven seasons, it will be a first taste of life as a working royal.

The engagement dominated newspaper front pages and morning news shows in Britain yesterday, as royal-watchers awaited the details.

Markle's future sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge, who is married to Prince William, said she was "absolutely thrilled."