Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Leave Windsor

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Leave Windsor

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the carriage procession after saying "I do". They are breaking with tradition by delaying a honeymoon. The group are surrounded by the page boys and bridesmaids. "The idea that Harry allowed that and acknowledged it, it was the ideal blend between her culture and the royal culture".

In among traditional hymns, a choir performed American soul singer Ben E. King's 1960s hit Stand by me.

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, 61, accompanied her daughter to the chapel in a vintage Rolls Royce and shed tears of emotion at several points during the ceremony.

He paid tribute to how Meghan, 36, has dealt with the extremely hard week leading up to her wedding, which saw her dad drop out of the wedding to undergo heart surgery. "You're the most attractive bride".

A biography of Britain's latest royal, Meghan Markle, appeared on the monarchy's official website within hours of her marrying Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry on Saturday, with a single quote: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist".

The party, which will be held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and attended by almost 6,000 guests, will honour the heir to the throne's almost 400 patronages, 20 military affiliations and the charities that he supports.

The world's media have been gripped by the occasion, and television channels beamed the ceremony across the world. "Unbelievable to experience it as a guest and even more incredible to experience it as a photographer".

But in the narrow streets of Windsor, 30 miles (20 km) west of London, the enthusiasm from the vast crowds waving British flags and cheering was overwhelming, while thousands more celebrated at street parties held across the country.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
PAMeghan Markle is now a member of the Royal Family after marrying Prince Harry

Air traffic controllers for the nearby Heathrow Airport, one of the world's busiest, closed the airspace over Windsor for the 15 minutes before the ceremony.

Among the celebrity guests were actor George Clooney and his wife Amal, former soccer star David Beckham, his fashion designer wife Victoria and James Corden, British host of the US TV chat show The Late Late Show.

"Just 20 years ago, the monarchy seemed to be struggling for its very survival", said the Daily Mail newspaper, referring to the Windsors' grimmest hours in the aftermath of the death of Harry's mother Princess Diana in a Paris auto crash in 1997 when the family were heavily criticised for seeming not to care.

One of the drinks was a cocktail made up of ginger and rum in a nod to Prince Harry's red hair entitled When Harry Met Meghan.

For the couple's private evening reception, the Duchess of Sussex changed into a lily white, silk crepe halter-neck dress designed by Stella McCartney.

Markle's father, Thomas Markle (73), a former lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms, pulled out of the ceremony this week, telling United States celebrity website TMZ he had had heart surgery. "She looks absolutely stunning". "I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness".

While the Queen was spotted attending a morning church service in Windsor on Sunday, the newlyweds were nowhere to be seen.

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