We don’t know much about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding at this point. There’s a date in place (May 2018), and the location is set (St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Chapel), but that’s about it. At first glance, their nuptials might seem like a bit of a whirlwind, but keep in mind Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement was roughly this same amount of time. (They announced their wedding in November 2010 and tied the knot the following April.) On the outside, it looks like just your standard royal wedding timeline.
But there is a bit of urgency this time around, though, and it’s all because of Prince Harry’s 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. A royal expert named Kate Nicholl tells Entertainment Tonight that Prince Harry does feel a bit of pressure to have this wedding sooner rather than later so his grandfather is able to be there for it.
“In fact, one of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly—this is really whirlwind by royal standards—is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding,” Nicholl said. “He’s incredibly close to his grandfather and, [with his] being 96, Harry thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy.”
It’s for this reason that Prince Harry wanted to have his wedding at St. George’s Chapel too: “He wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the queen,” Nicholl said.
Emotional, right? Who knew we’d be tearing up this much sixth months before the friggin’ wedding?!