“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way,” The Most Rev. Michael Curry, May 19th , 2018 (quoted from Dr Martin Luther King Jr.)
Powerful words on a momentous day. On May 10th Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in Windsor. Taking the most eligible bachelors, officially off the market.
After a roller coaster of events for the couple, everything came together. Harry and Meghan’s wedding is best described as a fabulous tribute to the modern world. Not just because she’s a divorced American actress. More so that the Royals continue to keep us all hooked.
Which is not so easy to do, considering most people are addicted to their phones. One of the highlights was the moving performance of “Stand by Me”.
However, there are a few things we would change about the royal wedding.
1) More Harry & Meghan
We would have loved to have seen a bit more ‘realness’ at the royal wedding. At this point in time, everyone knows of the luxuries afforded to the Royals. From horse-drawn carriages to diamond tiaras. We have seen it all before. What makes Harry and Meghan special is their likeability. Something that no amount of royal bling can buy.
Although we respect Harry & Meghan’s royal duties, it is the 21st Century. It would have been nice to see a more personalised wedding. One for Harry and Meghan as a couple. Which if you ask us would be a much livelier affair.
2) Switch up the location
Firstly, there is nothing wrong with St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. It is a beautiful building full of history. However, Prince Harry and Meghan are the future. They do not exist to serve old-fashioned wedding traditions. It would have been lovely to see them choose a more modern venue.
In honour of their time in Canada, we think it should have been held there. Early in their relationship much of their time was spent in Canada. As Meghan was busy filming “Suits” and Harry was doing charitable works. So are any venues in Canada fabulous enough? Yes! Online casino review site Casinos.co even created a potential list of venues. Topping their list is the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. After looking at pictures we couldn’t agree more.
3) Invite the Spice Girls
One of the biggest talking points of the royal wedding was the Spice Girls. Fans were hopeful of the long-awaited Spice Girls reunion. Guess we’ll have to wait a little longer. Hopes were dashed when it was revealed they would not be performing. Mainly because only 3 members of the girl band were invited. These were Emma Bunton (Baby), Geri Halliwell (Ginger) and Victoria Beckham (Posh). On the day only Victoria Beckham appeared to have made it. It was Melanie C (Sporty Spice) who cleared up rumours "No. We were never invited. We were never asked to perform. And I was a little bit annoyed, actually!"
Melanie C clearly wasn’t the only one upset. Many fans took to social media to vent their feelings. Luckily SBS saved the day and broadcast the Spice Girls show from Wembley in 1998.
4) Doria Ragland's involvement
Let’s face it, this road to the royal wedding has not been smooth. Several highly publicized mishaps dominated the papers. Most of these controversies seemed to revolve around the Markle clan. From Meghan’s half-sister to her father Thomas Markle. There was an audible gasp when it was announced he would not be attending. Despite his involvement already printed in the official order of service. How embarrassing.
However, hearts lifted when it seemed Doria Ragland could step in. Sadly, this was not the case as Prince Charles stepped in. This seemed a little insensitive to Doria, considering she’s her mother. In fact, Doria’s role in the whole wedding was quite small. Which doesn’t seem very modern? Now we’ll never know if Doria Ragland could be the royal Oprah Winfrey.
5) Make it a Bank Holiday
In Britain, there is nothing more sacred than a bank holiday. Unfortunately, the wedding of the year was not made a bank holiday. Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding which was made into a bank holiday. A decision that was received very warmly. Up and down the country, people held block parties to celebrate. After all, who doesn’t love a bank holiday? They are the perfect excuse to grab a lie-in.
Even Jeremy Corbyn seems to be a fan. During the general election campaign, Corbyn promised more bank holidays. Sadly, labour never got in, but Prince Harry did get married. Which is why we wanted to grab our disposable BBQ and hit the beach. Now we’ll have to wait until Prince George’s wedding day.