Here's how to enjoy tea time with a set of china designed by the Queen herself.
Maybe you haven't invested in a set of fine china just yet, but does a custom set commissioned by the Queen of England strike your fancy? If so, you're in luck—Buckingham Palace just released a set of fine china ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day.
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“The exclusive design shows a monogram surmounted by the coronet of Prince Harry, and tied together with white ribbons," says Buckingham Palace officials via their Instagram page. "The decorative borders are inspired by the mid-thirteenth century Gilbert’s doors at St. George’s Chapel.”
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If you happen to be in London, you're able to take a stroll to the Queen's shop in Buckingham Palace (as well as the shop at Windsor Castle) and pick up your set in person, according to Metro UK.
But don't worry if you can't cross the pond before then—you can get yours online before the May 19th ceremony, as Buckingham Palace will ship a set directly to your home. The collection ranges from $25-$60 a piece, and shipping to the United States starts at $25.
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If you're feeling guilty about feeding your royals obsession with a piece of $60 china, you should know that the family is donating all proceeds to the Royal Collection Trust, a British charity that finances publications, educational programs, and exhibitions—so really, it’s money well spent.
You Can Buy Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Commemorative Wedding China
It’s hard to believe Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is just two months away. The amount of work that goes into preparing for a royal wedding is staggering, and people around the world are working frantically right now to make sure their parts of the big day go off without a hitch.
Just one of the many jobs that someone needed to do was to design and produce the official royal commemorative china. Now that person can breathe a sigh of relief, because the commemorative royal china is finished and available now, and everybody wants to buy it.
I love the idea of royal commemorative china. Every time there is a sufficiently big royal event, a commemorative plate or drinking vessel is produced, and you just know that some royal superfan out there has every piece that’s ever been made. (If you’re a fan of Princess Margaret — and after The Crown, who isn’t a fan of Princess Margaret? — several Etsy vendors will sell you your own Princess Margaret tea cup to fill with tea, or whatever you like.)
For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Royal Collection Trust produced a line of lovely light blue and white china inspired by St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the wedding will take place on May 19.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding souvenirs have been removed from the royal website
A spokesperson for the Royal Collection Trust told Insider that the items have sold out.
"Many of Royal Collection Trust's china ranges are produced to celebrate a specific occasion and are sold for a limited time. The china range to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has sold out," said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson would not comment on whether items for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would return back in stock in the future.
However, items from Princess Eugenie's wedding range are sold out, and yet some are still featured on the website.
There has been no official confirmation on whether the decision to pull the couple's wedding range is linked to their departure from the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the process of trademarking Sussex Royal, the name of their upcoming charitable foundation.
The couple said of their decision to split their time between the UK and North America: "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity."
They first filed to trademark Sussex Royal in June 2019, after splitting from Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Foundation.
However, Prince Harry and Markle have been required to give a period of opposition where anyone can make a complaint to the Intellectual Property Office.
According to the Daily Mail, a complaint has been issued by Benjamin Worcester, an Australian doctor, however, his reasons have not been disclosed. It has also not been disclosed if and how this will impact the duke and duchess' plans moving forward.
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23 Royal Wedding Souvenirs to Ease the Pain of Not Getting Invited
Nothing soothes the burn of a lost invitation like a little online shopping.
The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is almost here, which means that an onslaught of alternately cute and sort of insane merchandise is upon us. Adorable tea towels? Yes, give me all of them. Unsettling face masks? Honestly, yes, give me those, too. Here, a roundup of the best royal wedding merchandise you can buy ahead of the big day.
This tote bag is both legitimately cute and the perfect size for carrying all your party accoutrements to the house of whichever friend has the biggest television.
Royal Castle Canvas Tote Bag, HARRODS, $50
As an uncouth American who is not marrying royalty, I don't actually know what tea towels are for, but this one is pretty cute.
Cotton Tea Towel, ULSTER WEAVERS (Available at Amazon), $25
I would be lying if I said I had not already purchased this. Spoiler alert: It is wonderful.
Harry & Meghan: A Love Story Coloring Book, (Available at Amazon), $10
You can never have too many commemorative plates commemorating events you did not attend.
Decorative Wedding Plate, ROYAL HERITAGE (Available at Amazon), $13
Ditto commemorative mugs to match the aforementioned commemorative plates.
Decorative Mug, ROYAL HERITAGE (Available at Amazon), $15
Let's be real: Parts of this ceremony are going to be boring, so you'll need something to pass the time while you wait for things to pick up again. Enter paper dolls!
Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls, $10 (Available at Amazon), $10
Go ahead and stick them in scones if you must.
Meghan and Harry Cupcake Decorations, CAKESHOP (Available at Amazon), $4 for 12
It'll be like Meghan and Harry are actually there with you! Tiara for Meghan not included.
Harry & Meghan Standup Cutout, STAR CUTOUTS (Available at Amazon), $39
Hang it on the door knob to let everybody know what you're celebrating.
Royal Wedding Hanging Decoration, HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES SHOP, $25
To keep your pants flour-free while you bake your celebratory scones.
Royal Wedding Apron, VICTORIA EGGS (Available at Amazon), $33
Read it before May 19 so you can drop some knowledge on your fellow party guests. (Did you know Prince William was once nicknamed "the basher?")
American Princess Book (Available at Amazon), $15
To go with the scones! I know I'm really harping on this scones thing, but 4:30 a.m. is just too early for cupcakes, even for me.
Royal Wedding Tea, HARNEY & SONS (Available at Amazon), $20
Though there are many plates out there commemorating this wedding, this is the only
Royal Wedding Official Commemorative Plate, ROYAL COLLECTION SHOP, $67
Royal Wedding Official Commemorative Tea Towel, ROYAL COLLECTION SHOP, $14
In England they call cookies "biscuits" and that's confusing, but these look tasty so I'll allow it.
Official Commemorative Biscuit Tube, ROYAL COLLECTION SHOP, $8
Commemorative Biscuit Tin, HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES SHOP, $21
Perfect for storing all the melatonin you'll have to take the night before the wedding to make yourself fall asleep at 7 p.m.
Royal Wedding Hinged Pill Box, WILLIAM EDWARDS HOME, $62
Creepy, yes, but a great way to liven up a party.
Harry and Meghan Mask Pack, MODO (Available at Amazon), $13 for set of 2
In case your party guests are more interested in morning-appropriate meals like "cereal" and "yogurt."
Harry and Meghan Bowl, CATH KIDSTON, $13
To quote the website that sells these gems: "Your prince will come."
Royal Wedding Condoms, CROWN JEWELS, $14
You need a vessel in which to dip your homemade scones.
Royal Wedding Tea Cup and Saucer, WILLIAM EDWARDS HOME (Available at Fortnum & Mason), $69
The drawing here is just an artist's rendering the official dolls will not be revealed till the day of the wedding, once everyone knows what Meghan and Harry actually wore.
Meghan and Harry Porcelain Dolls, BRADFORD EXCHANGE, $160 each
You can't show up to a viewing party in regular studs! Who are you, Pippa?
Harry and Meghan Earrings, WITTY CHICKEN (Available at Etsy), $9
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding souvenirs have been dumped from the official royal shop following Megxit
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle’s official royal wedding china has disappeared from the Royal Collection’s online shop.
The commemorative pieces were initially reduced but have now been completely removed in the wake of the couple’s decision to quit royal life.
Searches for the term “Sussex” now turn out zero results on the online shop which stocks official royal merchandise, Hello! reports.
The pillbox, reduced from £35 to £10, as well as mug, reduced again to £10 from £19.95, were still in stock just a few days ago but now no souvenirs related to the couple can be purchased.
An official spokeswoman says that the disappearance it’s simply to do with the face that the souvenirs were produced to celebrate a “specific occasion.”
Speaking to Fabulous Digital they said: “Many of Royal Collection Trust’s china ranges are produced to celebrate a specific occasion and are sold for a limited time.
“The china range to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has sold out.”
However, a host of souvenirs celebrating previous “specific occasions” are still available to buy on the site, including those for Prince Charles 70th in November 2018.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wedding memorabilia from October 2018 is still listed on the site, despite half of it being out of stock.
The collection of souvenirs sold to commemorate the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch are also still listed on the site, despite it occurring almost three years before Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
The disappearing memorabilia comes in the wake of Megxit, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to step down as senior royals.
The couple are expected to stay at a £11 million secluded mansion on Vancouver island beside a beach - owned by a mystery pal - while fine-tuning plans for their future non-royal roles.
Sources close to the privacy-conscious couple say they will happily lie low there enjoying precious family time together before launching a string of commercial ventures.
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In lieu of the much-anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and her soon-to-be Royal Highness Meghan Markle, ordinary citizens of England are doing the only responsible thing to do in order to cash in on the bonanza event: rolling out the swag.
There is an enormous industry of royal wedding merchandise, as there always is with any royal family celebration. According to England’s business consultancy firm Brand Finance, the royal wedding is expected to bring 500 million pounds to the British economy (about $680 million), with its analysts counting on people spending £50 million on commemorative items.
The options of what you can buy to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seemingly endless. There are the tchotchkes (keychains, magnets, Christmas ornaments), the kitchen goodies (cookie tins, spoons, towels, aprons), the fun collectibles (coloring books, pill boxes, paper dolls, biscuits, teas), and even some risqué ones too (like condoms).
While the little trinkets are certainly of interest to royal family fans, the category of royal swag expected to gather the most hype is royal wedding china. Royal experts like Victoria Arbiter, a longtime royals reporter, says that above all else, the economy’s chinaware — its teacups, saucers, plates, and trays, all made of fine bone china, manufactured by heritage British tableware brands and sold at a steep price — is the most covetable class of item in this cottage industry.
To be clear, fine bone china is not quite the fundamental household purchase it once was. You can blame this on Seamless, which has all but conditioned people to be satisfied with cardboard containers and plastic wear. Or, like everything else, you can blame it on the shopping habits of millennials, who can’t afford to buy real estate and invest in plants for their rentals instead of fancy kitchenware. Even the once-requisite move to add a china set to an engaged couple’s registry is waning: A survey from the Knot found that only 26 percent of couples now register for china because most feel they’re “not really that fancy.”
The official china of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on display in The Queen’s Gallery shop at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Rick Findler / Getty Images
Roll out a royal wedding, though, and suddenly it doesn’t seem all that unreasonable to shell out $200 for a plate, $49 for a coffee mug, or $67 for a teacup and saucer. Why would shoppers who don’t normally dine with such fancies buy a delicate teacup with Harry and Meghan’s faces on it? For one thing, it’s the one category of trinket that actually allows royal fans to feel like they’re getting in on the action — even if it’s just superficially. Can’t live like a royal? Well, at least you can drink tea like one.
“I think many people buy these things because they are fascinated by royalty and its lifestyle,” says royal expert Marlene Koenig.
Aspects of high-society British lifestyle, like high tea and its accompanying table accessories, have also been romanticized in shows like The Crown, Queen Victoria, and Downton Abbey — to the point that tea (both the product and the activity) has become trendy in countries as far-flung as Israel and China — and so it makes sense that china is favorite item of the royal memorabilia.
“It comes from Britain’s obsession with tea and a fine tea set, and so one with a royal slant is even better,” says Arbiter. “The British thinking is that a cup of tea will solve anything, and drinking one out of a nice set is the best way to spend an afternoon.”
The royal family has its own in-house store, the Royal Collection Trust, which sells, among other things, china. The tableware is sold inside the museums of spots like Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, and its profits go to the upkeep of the collection’s grounds and art. The store often puts out china that has royal fans pining. In 2015, for example, the china commemorating the birth of Princess Charlotte sold out and helped sales of the Royal Collection jump 11 percent.
But even those who aren’t exactly die-hard royal fans are projected to spend money on memorabilia like china this year. Koenig believes Meghan’s distinctiveness as someone who is far beyond the traditional expectations of a royal bride makes this royal merch economy different.
“With Meghan, there’s a whole new group of fans because she’s American, biracial, well-educated, and was already a public figure,” Koenig says. “This couple is more appealing to the average person because of the rising number of mixed-race marriages.”
England’s Centre for Retail Research is counting on it too, pointing to “the Meghan Effect.” Britain’s china brands are keen to cash in.
The country’s fine tableware sector has been hit hard during the country’s recent economic difficulties. Shopping has been slow in the wake of Brexit, and High Street is struggling with digital competition. With this in mind, English china houses are welcoming the royal wedding with open arms. Rushing to join in on the craze include companies like Dunoon, Emma Bridgewater, Elgate, Royal Crown Derby, Halcyon Days, William Edwards, Hudson & Middleton, Roy Kirkham, Blenheim Co, Milly Green, Herend, and Cath Kidston, just to name a few.
“I think there is enough interest in royal wedding China that there’s enough room for all of us, but you still want to be the first and work quickly to sell well,” says fine bone china designer Williams Edwards, whose namesake brand just debuted a special collection for the wedding.
Some British china brands set their collection apart by making it as extravagant as possible — think saucers and trays trimmed with 22-karat gold. Other companies, like Edwards’s, have their eye set on the lower-end customer perusing the internet and are targeting Amazon.
Pamela Harper, the CEO of Halcyon Days, a china brand that’s been around since 1950 and makes pieces for the British royal family, admits the company was hit with hard times a few years ago. Now, it’s anticipating its royal wedding collection will give the company a 10 percent boost in sales.
“It’s going to have a very important impact on our business,” she says.
Christopher Oakes is the managing director of Royal Crown Derby, one of the oldest china companies in the world (its tableware was used in one of the restaurants in the Titanic). It’s currently selling some of the most high-end royal wedding china for instance, a teacup that costs £145. Regardless of the high price tag, Oakes is fully confident the collection will sell out and expects Royal Crown Derby to net “hundreds of thousands of pounds” in profit.
Oakes says his company generally serves older customers, and he’s been pleasantly surprised to find interest among younger shoppers.
“If I’m being honest, we used to associate this category with an older consumer,” he says. “It’s been interesting to see the age demographic come down, and I think it will continue to do so with wide appeal of the current couple.”
Oakes also says his company has seen a large uptick in customers from markets like Japan and South Korea. Royal Crown Derby’s fastest-growing market is China, which is a bit ironic given that there will no doubt be plenty of cheap, made-in-China china that will sell for a fraction of what Royal Crown Derby tableware costs. Over at Zazzle, sellers have even knocked off the official Royal Collection china for paper products (they’re pretty good too!).
Arbiter, the royals reporter, says part of the kitsch behind this particular industry is that most shoppers will want products made in England and china from notable brands, even if they have to pay a premium.
“Aside from wanting good quality, the English heritage comes with a certain cachet,” she says. “I don’t think it would come with the same connection if it wasn’t made in the UK. That’s definitely something royal family fans care about.”
This isn’t to say the craze is only coming from far, far away. Edwards says he’s gotten orders from several five-star hotels in London, like the Café Royal, which anticipate tourists will want to buy the china but also believe locals will spill into its hotel bars, cafes, and restaurants on the day of the royal wedding and will want a piece of the celebration too. These days, even British grocery stores like Sainsbury’s and Fortnum & Mason stock high-end china.
The most outsize success Edwards says he’s seen thus far, though, is his Amazon store, which isn’t too surprising. He launched it a few weeks ago and has already gotten nearly 1,000 orders. He says 80 percent of his sales are coming from the US, and he anticipates he will sell all 20,000 pieces of his royal collection. Edwards admits he’s banking on royal wedding fever but also maintains the event is a gateway drug to compel shoppers to buy other sorts of china: “It’s a very good marketing tool. The royal family is a very good news story for us.”
Of course, among the die-hard royal fans and British lifestyle aspirationalists, there are those splurging on expensive royal wedding china in the hopes they can make money off it in a few years’ time.
Koenig, the royal wedding expert, has successfully flipped rare memorabilia today, though, she says, that ship has sailed. The market is far too saturated, with numerous companies trying to cash in on the craze of royal wedding china. Even companies with limited distribution, like Royal Crown Derby, won’t likely render its owners any capital in the future.
“They aren’t really holding their value anymore because there’s just too many of them,” says Koenig. “It’s valueless, really, unless it’s about making the buyer really, really happy.”
There is rare royal family memorabilia that collectors fight over and auction at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. But much of the merchandise floating around is not rare, Koenig says. The royal family began producing merchandise en masse during the Victorian era (1837-1901), when the country developed a healthy middle class. As the Daily Mail notes, there’s a sharp distinction for royal family china that’s made before versus during and after Queen Victoria’s rule. Cups made for King George IV in 1820 are rare and valuable, as are those made for Queen Victoria’s 1838 coronation. The ones made for her Diamond Jubilee from 1897, on the other hand, aren’t. Old they may be, but rare they are not.
There are exceptions, Koenig notes. There’s the rare royal item, like the stamps issued in 1937 for the Diamond Jubilee of George V that were printed in the wrong color. Signed stuff holds its value as well: A Christmas card from Princess Diana and Prince Charles is selling on an online auction site for nearly £2,000. One-offs hold their value too. The bike Princess Diana had to stop riding when she got engaged to Prince Charles in 1981, for example, recently sold for about $12,000. A piece of cake from William and Kate’s wedding in 2011 sold for $7,500 in 2014.
Anyone buying china for Meghan and Harry’s wedding will certainly not hit it big if they throw it into the resale market. The good news is that unlike most valueless tchotchkes, royal wedding china will at least live on, whether on a dusty shelf or in a kitchen cabinet, with a love story about a prince and princess who live happily ever after.
Sales of Royal Wedding memorabilia soar ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
John Lewis reveals what's trending in their latest wedding report.
With less than three weeks to go until the Royal Wedding, memorabilia to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle&rsquos special day has been flying off the shelves and selling out online.
The Royal Collection Trust unveiled its official range of fine bone china which went on sale in March. Meanwhile, Cath Kidston launched a royal collection of plates, mugs and a tote bag, whilst Emma Bridgewater unveiled two special commemorative mugs.
&lsquoExcitement is building for the Royal Wedding with website searches for &ldquoroyal wedding&rdquo products doubling in early April when sales of memorabilia grew by 67 per cent week on week,&rsquo reveals John Lewis in their 2018 Wedding Trends Report. &lsquoFavourite searches include &ldquoroyal wedding mug&rdquo and &ldquoroyal wedding tea towel&rdquo'.
It's not surprising that Royal Wedding merchandise is proving to be popular, especially after the Centre for Retail Research estimated that £30 million of memorabilia will be sold to mark Harry and Meghan's May 19th wedding.
In fact, in 2011 John Lewis&rsquo own brand tea towel, which commemorated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was the best selling product from their entire Royal Wedding memorabilia range.
But what will be the best-seller this year? Shop a selection of Royal Wedding merchandise at John Lewis below:
Elsewhere, a charity that supports homeless people in Windsor is utilising the demand for Royal Wedding souvenirs by selling commemorative Prince Harry and Meghan Markle merchandise. All proceeds from the For Richer For Poorer range will go to the Windsor Homeless Project with items including a pack of postcards for £10, a bunting pack for £40, and a £5,000 plate, all of which you can shop here.
Shock video claims to pinpoint moment Sussexes were 'told to leave'
A shocking video has resurfaced on Twitter which claims to show Meghan Markle and Prince Harry being asked to leave a very important royal function.
It comes on the heels of a startling claim about the pair’s first outing as a royal couple.
Following the publication of a ‘tell-all’ book this week, which claims Harry and Meghan’s first royal appearance as a married couple went down like a lead balloon after Meghan complained the event ‘was boring’, the rediscovered video has been shared online by royal watchers who believe it backs up the book’s shocking claims.
The video was taken at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party, a garden party event at Buckingham Palace which was the royal couple’s first outing as newlyweds, just three days after they tied the knot.
It seems all was not peachy at the event however, with a video first published in 2019 resurfacing this week appearing to show Harry and Meghan seemingly being asked to leave the event.
Royal watchers claim video shows Harry and Meghan ‘asked to leave’ garden party
The pair are spotted greeting guests when Harry is pulled aside by his father.
Remember the garden party held in honor of Charles’ 70th? And #themarkles were asked to leave 40 min in because of Meghan’s behavior? They were escorted out along with their entourage. M was not happy! pic.twitter.com/7jCQE5QuU8
— Meg’s Legs (@Megs_Legs_) October 21, 2019
An unintelligible conversation occurs and Harry swiftly returns to Meghan, who appears confused, and the pair leave, Prince Charles walking off without saying goodbye to his new daughter-in-law.
Though Camilla comes up to kiss her new daughter-in-law farewell, Meghan, her face obstructed by her large hat, seems unsure of the situation, indicating it was an unexpected turn of events after Harry had made a speech just 15 minutes earlier.
The footage has sparked a heated debate online, as it comes on the heels of a controversial claim made in a brand new royal ‘tell-all’ by Lady Colin Campbell, Meghan and Harry: The Real Story.
In the book, Lady Colin claims Meghan demanded her and Prince Harry leave the event 15 minutes in, after she said she was ‘bored’.
Though Lady Colin’s claims have raised eyebrows and can’t be confirmed by the short video, her tell-all book about Princess Diana published in 1992 did contain previously unknown details that were later proven to be true, though she came under fire last month when she publicly defended Prince Andrew.
Experts refute ‘tense’ royal exit
Additionally, though some online users claim the footage shows Meghan and Harry being asked to leave after the alleged incident, others say the footage is not as acrimonious as it seems.
A lip-reading expert told The Daily Mail that the exchange was not one of ‘angst’ and that the four royals had just stated their intentions to catch up later in the day.
Meghan and Harry have since left their senior royal roles to pursue a less public life in the United States, though they recently signed with an A-list speaking agency in a potential million-dollar move that could see their individual voice amplified for the first time since they left the UK.
Add to that another tell-all book on the way, that is the pair’s biography Finding Freedom and the Making of A Modern Royal Family, and we’re sure to hear a different side of the story before too long.
Harry and Meghan Finally Admit They Didn’t Have Secret Backyard Wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally admitted to The Daily Beast that they were not married three days before their official ceremony, as they had claimed in their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A spokesperson for the couple conceded Monday that “the couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19.”
That backyard exchange of personal vows does not constitute marriage.
The belated admission on the record, which follows several anonymous briefings to journalists, marks the end of a tortuous saga that began when Meghan told Oprah she and Harry tied the knot “in our backyard” three days before the $50 million public wedding on May 19, 2018.
Meghan, 39, said in the interview, “You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that. The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
The claim was much disputed, not least because in the U.K. a minimum of two witnesses are needed for a legal marriage to take place.
Others argued, however, that Meghan was merely making the point that for them as a couple it was more important to make a personal than a public commitment and that the focus on discrepancies and inaccuracies in the interview was a deliberate strategy by Meghan’s detractors to undermine her wider credibility and the specific claim that “concerns” over her baby’s likely skin color were expressed to Harry.
Today’s formal admission to The Daily Beast that no marriage took place in advance of the official ceremony comes after the marriage certificate document was obtained by the British newspaper the Sun—the paper paid £42 (about $58) to obtain a copy from Britain’s General Register Office.
The certificate, which gives the witnesses as Prince Charles and Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland, confirmed the couple were indeed married on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle.
Stephen Borton, former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, told the Sun, “I’m sorry, but Meghan is obviously confused and clearly misinformed. They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
“The Special License I helped draw up enabled them to marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and what happened there on 19 May 2018 and was seen by millions around the world was the official wedding as recognized by the Church of England and the law.”
The certificate lists Harry as “single” and his occupation as a “Prince of the United Kingdom” and Meghan as “divorced” and an “actor.” Her dad Thomas Markle is described as a “lighting director” and Charles is described as a “Prince of the United Kingdom.”
The archbishop’s office has refused to comment.
The misleading claim originally made by Meghan was the cause of some disquiet. As The Daily Beast reported last week, Mark Edwards, a priest from Newcastle, said he checked with the archbishop’s office and was told that the claim that they got married in the back garden of their home may have been the result of a misunderstanding stemming from the fact that “Meghan is an American.”
Rev. Mark Edwards has told his local paper in Newcastle, The Chronicle, that he contacted Archbishop Justin Welby’s office to “get some clarity” on the claim after the couple mentioned it in their Oprah Winfrey interview.
He said he was motivated in part to do so because he has been flooded with requests for private or outdoor weddings during lockdown that he has not been able to fulfill, because the law states that Church of England weddings must take place in “a certified place of worship” and cannot be conducted outside.
Edwards said the person he spoke to told him, “Justin had a private conversation with the couple in the garden about the wedding, but I can assure you, no wedding took place until the televised national event.”
Edwards said it was “in the public interest for the leader of the church to put the record straight.”
Now that Meghan’s people have done so, the infinitely more serious accusations of racism within the royal family can be examined with less distraction.
Princess Eugenie’s official wedding china has been released… but fans spot this big flaw
IT’S a fortnight until Princess Eugenie gets married, and her royal wedding china has been revealed.
Eagle-eyed royal fans have been quick to point out there’s one big design flaw in the collection, but can you spot it?
The Royal Collection Trust released photos of the china set to commemorate the special wedding day, October 12.
The range comes with plates, cups and mugs decorated with a floral design and a large “E” logo for Eugenie.
While husband-to-be Jack Brooksbank is written inside the edge of the mug and underside of the plate, his initials don’t feature alongside his bride’s.
In comparison, the china released for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding has both of their initials loving inscribed together.
Princess Eugenie’s china collection features garlands of ivy, forget-me-nots, English wild bluebells and the white rose of York, in tribute to Princess Eugenie’s title.
Fans can buy a coaster (£20.00), miniature teacup and saucer (£25.00), pillbox (£29.00) and tankard (£39.00) at selected Royal Collection Trust shops and online.
Profits made from the sale of the collection will go back into the Royal Collection Trust charity.
One wrote: "Personally I loved the design of Eugenie's china, BUT, how can anyone justify selling china commentating a royal member who describes herself as private citizen? Will I buy it? No".
Another said: “Where’s the groom?”
The wedding is taking place on Friday October 12 at the same venue that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
She is said to have invited 850 guests to St George’s Chapel, which out-does Meghan and Harry’s 600 invitees.
The bash will last two days and be organised by Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, the man behind Posh and Becks’s bling-tastic nuptials.
We are told the party will feature a champagne reception hosted by the Queen.
There will be a horse-drawn carriage ride to St George’s Chapel, which will be laden with flowers arranged by Elton John’s florist.
PRINCESS EUGENIE'S OCTOBER WEDDING AT A GLANCE
- Eugenie's parents, the Duke and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York, were excited to announce the news in early 2018.
- In a statement, the palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank. Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month."
- The family later confirmed the wedding will take place on October 12.
- Eugenie and Jack will get married at St George's Chapel in Windsor - the same location as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
- Eugenie and Jack announced 1,200 people would be invited to share their special day.
The first night will culminate in a “festival and funfair”-themed party where 500 guests including Naomi Campbell, George Clooney and Kate Moss will ride dodgems and play on coconut shies as Robbie Williams and Ellie Goulding perform.
Currently the taxpayer is set to cough up £2million to cover the cost of the Queen’s granddaughter’s big day.
Beefed up security measures are likely to include swarms of armed officers, a ban on drones flying over the castle and coppers lining the route.
Policing Eugenie’s wedding was initially set to cost around £750,000, but this is said to have increased due to overtime, cancelling holidays and the need for extra patrols.
Prince Harry and Meghan: Where do they get their money?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they wanted to stop being working members of the Royal Family and would "work towards" being financially independent.
It was understood the couple would continue to receive money for a time from Harry's father under the new agreement, although it is unclear whether that would come from the Duchy of Cornwall - a vast portfolio of property and financial investments - his personal wealth, or a combination of the two.
Prince Charles's accounts suggest about £5.6m was spent funding the activities of both the couple and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the year to March 2020.
But Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey the Royal Family had "literally cut me off financially" after that point.
It's not clear whether he was referring to the money the couple previously received from Prince Charles's income from the Duchy of Cornwall, the taxpayer-funded sovereign grant, or both.
Details from Prince Charles's accounts for this period have not yet been released, and his private office declined to comment.