Who is attending the royal wedding?
With the royal wedding a mere sleep away, Windsor is teeming with royalists and guests ready to head to St. Georgeâs Chapel for the big day.
Plenty of celebs have been posting âmysteriousâ shots of them arriving into London or trying on fancy dresses â" wonder what that could be all about?
There will be around 800 of Harry and Meghanâs friends and family attending the wedding, as well as over 2,000 members of the public (although they will only be at the ceremony).
Here are some of the lucky few(hundred) as well as some people who have been conveniently left off the invite list.
Those rumoured to be on the invite list at the moment include The Spice Girls, with Mel B appearing to admit they had received an invite in the post (and the invites came in boxes!).Advertisement Advertisement
Appearing on The Real in February, Scary Spice was a sked whether she knew anyone who was invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markleâs upcoming nuptials, as she meekly nodded and confirmed The Spice Girls had been.
âI donât know if I should have said that,â Mel said as the panel proceeded to lose their shit and jump about the place. She then added: âWhy am I so honest?â
The singer was then quizzed on the invitation and she said it was âproperâ and came in a box.
But Mel didnât reveal if the girls would be performing at the wedding or not and since her so-called confession, bandmate Mel C has insisted her B equivalent was just âjokingâ. Hmm.
Some of Meghanâs pals have a lso been hinting theyâd be going.
Her makeup artist Daniel Martin posted on Instagram (swiftly deleting the photo). Similarly, fellow Suits stars Sarah Rafferty, Gabriel Macht, and Rick Hoffman have been heavily hinting theyâre in the vicinity.
Elton John is also believed to have landed a spot on the invite list, although he revealed last month that heâs still patiently waiting for an invite.
However, given he was a close friend of Harryâs mother Diana, Princess Of Wales and performed at her funeral, itâs likely he will be invited, along with husband David Furnish. In fact, heâs even expected to be performing for the newlyweds.
Elton fuelled the rumours when he cancelled his Las Vegas tour dates that fell over the same weekend as the royal nuptials. He also lives just down the road from Windsor Castle so wonât have to find a hotel.
Other famous faces who have been linked to performing at the wedding i nclude Ellie Goulding, Craig David and Sam Smith.Advertisement Advertisement
Another famous face likely to be in attendance is Millie Mackintosh, who was even rumoured to be one of Meghanâs bridesmaids. Other friends of Megâs who will also have made the guest list include Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra.
Piers Morgan is also hoping for an invite, after he revealed he and Meghan used to be âdrinking buddiesâ when she was dating Prince Harry.
And while Ant and Dec had admitted they were quietly hoping they might just squeeze in on the B-list â" that one reserved for the evening guests â" itâs now unlikely, considering Ant is recovering in rehab after being caught drink driving last month.
Ant, 42, had told The Sun: âWeâve interviewed Prince Harry a few times but itâs not like weâre big mates, so we wouldnât expect to be invited.â
Dec, a lso 42, joked: âMaybe weâll get to go to the night-time do!
âOtherwise weâll have to watch it on the telly like everyone else. The FA Cup final then the Royal Wedding â" what a top day thatâs going to be!â
Other celebrities that are thought to be invited include David and Victoria Beckham, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, James Blunt, Joss Stone, George Clooney and Amal Clooney.
Donald Trump had remained open to the idea he he might be on the guest list back in January, revealed he was ânot aware ofâ any invite in his name just yet.
It was also understood former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama had bagged themselves spots in St Georgeâs Chapel after Harry, 33, became friends with the former US President and his wife after bonding with them at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, in September.
The bond is so close that the Prince chose to interview Obama for his guest editorship of Radio 4âs Today programme in December last year.
However, it has now been revealed that no international leaders or politicians are getting an invite as the royal couple only want to invite guests they know personally.Advertisement
It has been speculated that this decision was made as Trump was unlikely to get an invite and it could have caused tension if the Obamas were asked to come.
The young couple are said to openly dislike the US president, with Meghan tweeting criticism of Trump during last yearâs US election and having previously spoken passionately about her disdain for him on US TV.
Itâs not the done thing usually but Prince Harry stayed in touch with exes Cressida Bonas, Chelsy Davy and Ellie Goulding and they are so friendly, heâs apparently invited all them to his wedding.
âHarry has st ayed good friends with Chelsy and Cressida, so they will be there,â one of Harryâs friends told Daily Mail.
âHe made sure there were no hard feelings when they split up. I donât think Meghan will mind.â
Harry dated Ms Davy, 32, for seven years and then moved on to Ms Bonas, 29, who he was with for a further two years.
Ellie dated Harry just before he wooed Meghan and she even had to deny she was pregnant with his baby on live TV, has also received an invite in the post.
To be fair, Ellie will know how to behave at a royal wedding, seeing as she was also invited to sing at the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridgeâs nuptials in April 2011.
Ellieâs invited reportedly extends to her 26-year-old boyfriend Caspar Jopling, who studied at Eton College, where Harry and William were educated.
A source told The Sun: âEllie has stayed good pals with Harry and is obviously really excited.
âShe has no plans to perform this time but just wants to celebrate her friendâs marriage. Princess Eugenieâs also a close friend, so sheâll fit right in.â
Wondering if Meghanâs ex-husband Trevor Engelson will also get an invite?
Itâs unlikely, considering theyâre not exactly on good terms after TV producer Mr Engleson decided to create a new show about a divorced American woman who marries someone from the Royal Family. Hmm.
However, golfer Rory McIlroy, who Meghan was briefly linked to in August 2014, is likely to be heading to Windsor tomorrow.
All members of Harryâs family are expected to be invited to watch him marry Meghan, although Prince Louis wonât be attending the service.
Heâs also including his mother Diana, Princess Of Walesâ siblings, with Lady Jane Fellowes giving a reading on the day.
However, the former Suits actress isnât being quite as laissez-faire when it comes to her family.
Itâs understood her sister-in-law, nephew and step-brother Tom Markle Junior are not getting invite, nor her step-sister Samantha Markle.
Her mum Doria Ragland will be by her side on the day and her father, Thomas Markle, is walking her down the aisle.
Her parents will first meet the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess Of Cornwall and the Cambridges in the days running up to the wedding.
Last month Samantha took to Twitter and claimed that none of the Markles are yet to receive an invite.
Meghanâs uncle has also criticised Meghan for âsnubbingâ her family, while her niece has defended her and insisted the Markle family should keep out of Meghanâs business.
In other royal wedding news surrounding Meghanâs family, her nephew revealed he is creating a special strain of cannabis to celebrate Meghanâs nuptials. Really.
Princess Beatrice and Eugenieâs mother Fergie was snubbed from the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridgeâ s nuptials and the same would happen for Meghan and Harryâs.
But it has been claimed that Fergie is, in fact, invited.
According to the Daily Express, Harry insisted his aunt â" who was a close friend of his later mother Princess Dianaâs â" should attend their big day.
Itâs being thought of as a way of healing âbroken family tiesâ, formerly caused by Fergie and Prince Andrewâs split.
However, Fergie was apparently left âdeeply unhappyâ when she discovered she was snubbed from the coupleâs evening reception.
Of the 2,640 members of the public who have been invited to the royal wedding for their services to their communities, a number of them have come forward to tell their story of receiving the invite.
Here are 11 of the lucky invitees and why they were invited.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day schedule
FRIDAY 18 MAY
The pre-wedding night - Just like Kate was spotted arriving at The Goring Hotel in London the night before her wedding to Prince William in 2011, Meghan will be papped arriving at her accommodation near Windsor on Friday 18 May with her mother Doria Ragland. Harry will also be staying at a hotel nearby with Prince William.
SATURDAY 19 MAY
The first arrivals - 9am - Members of public invited to the wedding will begin arriving at St George's Chapel from 9am.
The wedding guests arrive - 9.30am - Meghan and Harry's 800 wedding guests are set to arrive between 9.30am and 11am. They will arrive at the Round Tower by coach or on foot, entering the South Door of St George's Chapel to take their seats for the ceremony.
The royal guests arrive - 11.20am - Members of The Royal Family will begin to arrive from 11.20am. They will enter St George's Chapel via the Galilee Porch. Some will be on foot, and others will ar rive by car.
Prince Harry and his best man, Prince William, will also arrive at St George's Chapel around this time, most likely by foot. They will enter the chapel via the West Steps.
Meghan makes her way to the Chapel - 11.30am - Meghan will leave her overnight location with her mother, Doria Ragland, and the pair will embark on a carriage ride to Windsor Castle. They are expected to go along part of the Long Walk, allowing members of the public gathered there to see the car as it passes.
When the arrive at the Castle, Doria will exit the carriage to head to the Chapel and Meghan will be joined by some of her Bridesmaids and Page Boys. She is also expected to be greeted by her father, Thomas Markle, although it was reported this week that health problems and fear of embarrassing Meghan may stop him attending the wedding.
Meghan's journey to the church will then continue and she will enter via the West Steps too.
The carriage procession - 1pm - After the hour-long service, the couple will take an open carriage ride through Windsor.
Just before they head off on their ride around Windsor, close family members will gather on the West Steps to wave them off on their procession. Members of the congregation will also file out of the church onto the grass to wave Harry and Meghan off on their Procession.
The newlyweds will embark on a carriage procession along a route including Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and finally Windsor Castle. The carriage procession is expected to last for just under 25 minutes.
The day reception - 1.30pm - After the carriage procession, there will be a reception at St George 039;s Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation. All elements of their day involving the public will now be over.
The evening reception - Later that evening, the Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and 200 of their close friends and family and Frogmore House.
This will provide the final glimpse of Harry and Meghan on their special day, as they leave Windsor Castle and stroll to the evening do at Frogmore House. Frogmore House has proven to be an integral part of Harry and Meghan's journey to becoming man and wife, also the location for their engagement photos.
Harry and Meghan will tie the knot in St Georgeâs Chapel on 19 May, followed by a carriage ride around Windsor before enjoying their day reception at St Georgeâs Hall in Windsor Castle.
They will then take 600 of their guests for an evening reception at Frogmore House, in the grounds of the Castle.
Top secrecy surrounds Meghanâs wedding dress, as one would expect of any bride, let alone a royal bride.
It was rumoured back in December that it could be the creation of Israeli designer Inbal Dror after the fashion house revealed theyâd been asked to submit designs for Meghanâs dress by Buckingham Palace.
It was then thought that it would be designer duo Ralph & Russo, who created her stunning Â£46,650 dress worn for her and Harryâs official engagement photos, but a âsourceâ ruled this out on Page Six, saying it was a different British designer.
Everyone involved in the day will also be present: That includes photographer Alexi Lubomirski, florist, Philippa Craddock, cake maker Claire Ptak, and the woman who actually set up the couple Misha Nonoo.
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