London - The Royal Spokesman for Kensington Palace briefed the world media on Friday about the upcoming wedding between Prince Harry and the American TV actress Meghan Markle.
To say there is global interest in the cake, hairdresser, guest list, florist, receptions, carriage, honeymoon - and oh my gosh, the dress - does not begin to describe the scene.
The briefings - there were two briefings, to accommodate both British and foreign press - were held in the Redgrave Room of the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. We sat on red chairs. Water was served.
The first reveals?
Despite tabloid rumors to the contrary, Markle's father will walk her down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry.
Markle's mother will accompany her daughter by car to the front door of St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
So far, good vibes.
The actress' mother, Doria Ragland, and father, Thomas Markle, divorced when Meghan was six years old.
We also learn that Markle's mum and dad will arrive in London before the wedding to meet the groom's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, his father, Prince Charles, his stepmother, Camilla, and his brother and sister-in-law, William and Catherine.
Will Meghan's siblings come? (There's been a bit of bother about that in the British tabloids, a whiff of estrangement, it seems.)
No comment on siblings from the Kensington Palace spokesman, who by tradition, is usually not named.
Will the newest addition to the royal family be at the wedding?
Alas, Little Louie will not be present.
"Sorry, no," the spokesman said. The reporters groaned.
The spokesman felt it necessary to explain, "He's very young." (He was born just two weeks ago.)
Prince Harry will arrive with his brother, who will be his best man (but we already knew this).
A few surprises?
Markle will not have a maid of honour. The spokesman revealed, "She has a very close knit group of friends, and she did not want to choose one over the other."
In a traditional royal wedding, which this one certainly will be, all of the bridesmaids and pageboys are children.
So will Prince George or Princess Charlotte, the elder progeny of William and Catherine, serve as a pageboy or bridesmaid?
The spokesman said this will be revealed anon.
Markle will spend the night before the wedding at undisclosed lodgings at Windsor Castle, site of the wedding, which is about an hour's drive west of Central London.
Of course, the trip won't be so quick on the day of the wedding day.
The authorities expect large crowds, with road closures, packed trains and added security.
Many details are still to come - and will not be revealed until the days before or even the day of the wedding.
For example, the palace is attempting to keep secret the dress, its manufacture and designer. The spokesman said that would be revealed when Markle steps out of her car at St. George Chapel. Alas, news broke over the weekend that Meghan will reportedly wear a dress from the same designer she wore for her engagement shoot
The service will last an hour, beginning at noon.
There will be 1 200 "guests" on the Windsor Castle grounds, who represent charitable groups and inspiring locals, whom Prince Harry and Markle wanted to highlight.
There was a whiff of scandal when the Guardian reported that these guests - whom critics have described as living props or "extras" on an elaborate stage set - would not be fed, but encouraged to bring their own picnics.
The palace said Friday that refreshments would be served - though provided no details.
Inside the chapel will be 600 guests. They will attend the service and also a reception following. A smaller, more private reception will take place on Saturday evening.
There will be no Official Guest List, as the invited do not include heads of state. Even British Prime Minister Theresa May didn't make the cut. Guests were invited "because they have a direct relationship with the couple."
All this - flowers, cake, receptions, carriages - will be paid for by the royal family. British taxpayers are shouldering the costs of security.
Harry and Meghan will quickly get to work being a royal married couple, making their first public appearance just a few days after the nuptials. They will go on their honeymoon the following week.
To where? A mystery.
"We won't ever comment," said the royal spokesman.
Though one imagines, news will leak, as it almost always does.
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