Royal wedding: Kensington Palace releases official wedding photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The couple tied the knot in a unique wedding that melded Hollywood glitz and glamour with centuries-old royal traditions inside Windsor Castle, a royal residence about 20 miles west of London. They took the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Kensington Palace has released official wedding photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via APSource:AP
PRINCE Harry and wife Meghan have released their official wedding photographs, with three stunning images capturing the magic of their Saturday nuptials.
In one black-and-white image, the pair sits on the steps of the East Terrance at Windsor Castle, smiling broadly. Prince Harry has shed his hat and Meghan her veil, as they smile for photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who also photographed their engagement.
Another photograph shows the newly-married pair in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, surrounded by their six flowergirls and four pageboys, including their nephew, Prince George 4, and niece Princess Charlotte, 3.
The Duke and Duchess, with (left-to-right): Back row: Master Jasper Dyer, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, mother of the bride Doria Ragland, The Duke of Cambridge. Middle row: Brian Mulroney, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty The Queen, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Rylan Litt and John Mulroney Front row: Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem, Zalie Warren and Remi Litt. Picture: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via APSource:AP
The third photograph is a more formal one, showing the pair with Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Prince William and his wife Catherine. Meghanâs mother Doria Ragland is also in the photo.
Their 10 pageboys and flowergirls are also in the photo. The Queen, 92, and Prince Philip, 96, are both seated, as is Cathe rine, who has Princess Charlotte on her knee.
Meghan is wearing her veil and holding her bouquet.
The photographs were taken after their carriage-ride through the streets of Windsor.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: âThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday.
âThey feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.
Meghan and Harry with their bridesmaids and page b oys. Back row: Brian Mulroney, Remi Litt, Rylan Litt, Jasper Dyer, Prince George, Ivy Mulroney, John Mulroney. Front row: Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte and Florence van Cutsem. Picture: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via APSource:AP
âTheir Royal Highnesses are delighted with these official portraits taken by Alexi Lubomirski and are happy to be able to share them today. They would also like to say thank you for all of the generous messages of support they have received.â
Mr Lubomirski said his involvement with the couple had been âa beautiful chapter in my career and life that I will happily never forget.
âIt has been an incredible honour and privilege to document The Duke and Duchess of Sussexâs inspiring journey of love, hope and family; from the engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding and family portraits on Saturday,ââ he said.
Harry and Meghan pictured on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle. Picture: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via APSource:AP
MEGHANâS SISTER LASHES OUT AT DORIA
MEGHAN Markleâs estranged half-sister has accused the Duchessâs mother of âcashing inâ on the royal wedding by agreeing to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.
Doria Ragland, the mother of the bride, is believed to have spent six hours with Oprah Winfrey in preparation for a forthcoming TV interview.
Samantha Markle, who was labelled a âvultureâ during a confrontational interview with British TV host Piers Morgan, also accused Ms Ragland of leaking photos of Meghan to the press around the time the former actor started dating Prince Harry.
Samantha Markle has accused Doria Ragland, at the ceremony with Prince Charles. of cashing in.Source:AP
The wannabe author, who notoriously wrote a book calling Meghan âa pushy princessâ made the claim on Twitter after she was called an âattention seekerâ.
She replied: âEven Doria cashed in talking to Oprah and some of the first photos out there only she could have had.â
Oprah Winfrey was one of the top guests at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, seated in the exclusive top three rows opposite the royal family.
Oprah Winfrey caused a sensation when she arrived at the royal wedding.Source:AFP
According to British media reports, Meghan Markleâs mother is planning to film her interview w ith Winfrey while she is in London.
The Sun reports that Oprah was invited to the wedding in order to better understand Meghan and prepare for the interview with Doria.
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Samantha Markle has lashed out at Doria Ragland.Source:Supplied
Samantha Markle, 53, has repeatedly trashed the newly titled Duchess of Sussex in the media, accusing her of being ânarcissistic and s elfishâ.
DRESS DESIGNER REVEALS CHAT WITH HARRY
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Prince Harry took a special moment after his wedding to thank Meghanâs dress designer for making his bride look âabsolutely stunningâ.
In her first interview following the royal wedding. British designer Clare Waight Keller, the woman behind Meghanâs stunning gown, spoke about how Harry made a beeline for her after the ceremony at St Georgeâs Chapel.
An awe-struck Prince Harry was blown away by Meghan Markleâs dress.Source:AFP
âHe came straight up to me and he said âoh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunningââ, Ms Waight Keller said.
âI think everybody saw on television â" he was absolutely in awe, I think. She looked just incredible and it showed.â
Born in B irmingham, Ms Waight Keller is the first female designer of French fashion house Givenchy.
Ms Waight Keller also revealed new details about how she kept the fact she was designing the
Duchessâs dress a total secret and only told her own husband and children a few hours before the wedding.
Clare Waight Keller didnât even tell her husband she was designing the dress.Source:Getty Images
She said even other people who worked on sewing the dress didnât know it was for Meghan.
â(It was) truly a secret Meghan and I shared,â the 47-year-old said.
The designer said she was commissioned by the former Suits star in January.
âIt was an extraordinary moment when she told me. Of course itâs an incredible thing to be part of such a historic moment,â she said.
Meg han was apparently easy to work with and âknew exactly what she wantedâ.
Sheâs exactly what you see on TV. Sheâs just so genuine and warm and radiant. Sheâs just glowing,â Waight Keller said.
The veil featured hand-embroidered floral emblems of all 53 Commonwealth countries.Source:AFP
The new Duchess of Sussexâs wedding hairdresser Serge Normant has also spoken about how the bride showed no signs of pre-wedding jitters.
âWe woke up early, had a little coffee and then just went on. It was all smiles, it was just one of those dreamy moments to be honest,â Mr Normant said.
He said Meghanâs stylish up-do took just 45 minutes and was inspired by Audrey Hepburnâs famous bun.
Hairdresser Serge Normant says Meghan Markle was a dream to work with.Source:AFP
âI wanted something very loose and easy which is why we chose a very loose bun,â he said.
Mr Normant, who lives in New York, is known for his celebrity clients including Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gisele BÃ¼ndchen.
MEGHAN STARTS LIFE AS WORKING ROYAL
Less than 24 hours after her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghanâs new, official profile appeared online on the royal familyâs website, and highlighted her activist credentials.
Breaking out a statement she made to the UN in 2015 where she said âI am proud to be a woman and a feministââ, the new profile created by the family talked up Meghanâs previous roles as an ambassador for UN Women and World Vision.
The wedding is over â" now Meghan Markle is getting back to work. Picture: MEGASource:Mega
It also highlights her years of feminist activism.
âFrom a young age, The Duchess had a keen awareness of social issues and actively participated in charitable work,ââ it says.
âThese early experiences helped to shape her lifelong commitment to causes such as social justice and womenâs empowerment.ââ
While the royal family will shy away from comparisons to Prince Harryâs mother, the late Princess Diana, Meghan, like Diana, appears to be taking on causes that are new territory for the royal family, which has traditionally stuck with military, environmental childrenâs and young peopleâs charitable causes.
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaves Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend the evening reception.Source:Mega
Mainly after her marriage to Prince Charles had ended, Diana took on issues such as destigmatising HIV-AIDS and landmines, while Meghan has a track record of tackling sexism and equality for women and girls.
âAged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid,ââ the royal family notes in her biography.
The profile says Meghan will be undertaking royal duties in support of the Queen both in the UK and overseas.
In a separate biography, it mentions her previous career with top-rating TV show Suits, and includes a photographer of her onset.
The pair walk down the chapel steps as husband and wife.Source:Getty Images
She quit the show, and her acting career, in order to become a royal wife.
The 36-year-old Duchess and her new husband will make their first appearance on Tuesday as a royal couple when they help Prince Charles host a garden party at Buckingham Palace for 6000 charity workers.
They are also expected to make a quick trip to Ireland â" in June.
A possible Pacific trip is being considered to add on to their Australian Invictus Games visit in October, with aides considering visits to New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.
The pair have not been seen in public since Saturday, when they hosted a glamorous reception for 200 A-list friends and family at Frogmore House in Windsor Castle. Details continue to emerge about the night, including that the pairâs first dance was to what Meghan has described as her âhappy songââ â" Whitney Houstonâs 80s hit I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
Hollywood royalty George and Amal Clooney were spotted afterwards jetting in to Sardinia in Italy, hiding behind dark sunglasses after reports the party went all night.
Harryâs brother Prince William and his wife Catherine were also seen making a low-key exit from Windsor Castle, also wearing dark glasses.Source: Google News