Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot at a special venue. The newly engaged pair are set to wed at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018. In a statement released by Kensington Palace, Windsor was noted as a “very special place” for the 33-year-old Prince, as he and the Suits star have regularly visited over the last year and a half. “They are grateful to The Queen for granting them permission for the use of the Chapel.”
VIEW GALLERY Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in May 2018 Photo: Getty Images
The statement continued: “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives together as a married couple.” St. George’s has been a historical landmark for royal weddings and events. In 2005, Harry’s father married his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall and in 2008, the Prince’s cousin Peter Phillips and wife Autumn said “I do” there. The Prince, who announced his engagement on November 27, was baptized at the venue in 1984.
The statement also revealed that Meghan, who is a Protestant, will be baptized and confirmed ahead of her big day. The duo’s wedding date also falls in line with other members of the royal family's big events. The pair kept in consideration the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third baby in April – and followed the royal tradition of tying the knot months after the engagement is announced.
VIEW GALLERY The pair will tie the knot at the historic St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle Photo: Getty Images
Harry and Meghan, who are leading the planning of their wedding, want the day to be a “celebratory moment for their friends and family.” The statement noted that the pair want members of the public to feel included in the day of celebrations and are working to make sure the ceremony will be “a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom.”
As for if Harry's adorable niece and nephew could be involved, it's quite possible. In a press briefing at Kensington Palace on Tuesday, a spokesperson revealed that the actress has been introduced to George, four, and Charlotte, two, and they have since met on many occasions. Her frequent visits meant that over time, Meghan has gotten to know her future-in-laws, Prince William and Kate and their kids, who live just a stone's throw away in Apartment 1A.
VIEW GALLERY Meghan and Harry announced their engagement on November 2017 Photo: Getty Images
Harry and Meghan are also getting a jumpstart with joint royal engagements. On Friday, December 1, the duo will visit Nottingham, where they will greet members of the public as a couple for the first time. The day will start at the National Justice Museum, followed by a walkabout, before a visit to the Nottingham Contemporary, where they will join a celebration for World AIDS Day. They will round out their day with a visit to Nottingham Academy, where they will meet with members of Full Effect.
Meghan will become a senior full-time working royal and will join Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry's royal foundation as its fourth patron. The actress will not continue her work with the United Nations or with the other organizations she was involved with in the past so she can start her charity work as a full-time royal with a clean slate.