Wedding planning site Bridebook believes the pair could be tying the knot in the very near future. Looking at results from recent wedding and couples surveys, the site has come up with a few (unofficial) predictions.
Around 100,000 wedding proposals will be celebrated over the Christmas period through to Valentine’s Day, according to Bridebook. The winter months are one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged, leading to a potential December engagement announcement for the royal and actress.
December also conveniently ties in with Meghan’s filming dates for US legal drama, ‘Suits’. The seventh season of the show – which is believed to be Meghan’s last – finishes in November. The Daily Star Sunday reported that Meghan has told her bosses that she won’t be returning next year, signalling a potential move to London.
“Meghan knows she can’t really act at the same time as being a princess and is happy to make this career sacrifice,” said a source. “She really enjoys her charity work with Unicef and will broaden out her charity commitments when she becomes a full-time royal.”
The wedding date
The average engagement length in Britain currently stands at 20 months, says Bridebook. However, royals generally tend to get hitched pretty quickly after announcing their engagement. The Queen was only engaged to Prince Philip for five months while Prince William and Kate married after just four months of engagement.
If Harry and Meghan confirm their engagement in December as predicted, it could spell a springtime wedding for the couple. However, considering they have only been together for 18 months and the average couple spends almost 5 years before their big day, the royal duo may not get married so quickly after all.
The pair are also unlikely to get married on a weekend – just like the rest of the general public. 46% of couples are now opting for non-Saturday weddings due to the rising cost of a weekend nuptial. Although Harry and Meghan aren’t likely to be fazed by money, they will probably follow in the footsteps of their royal counterparts and marry in the week. William and Kate had their big day on a Friday, Charles and Diana on a Wednesday, and the Queen held her wedding on a Thursday.
The wedding venue
While some doubted that Prince Harry would be able to marry divorcee Meghan in Westminster Abbey (the same venue as his brother, William), a spokesman for the grand location revealed that the couple would indeed be welcome: “The Abbey follows the General Synod Ruling of 2002. Since then, it has been possible for divorced people to be married in the Church of England.”
However, Harry could follow in Prince Charles’ footsteps and have a civil ceremony rather than a huge church wedding. Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles at Windsor Guildhall as a way of avoiding the controversy that surrounded the future head of the Church of England marrying a divorced person.
Bridebook reports that 29% of weddings are now taking place outside of churches, prompting speculation that Harry and Meghan could hold theirs in a registry office. Of course, that would mean the Queen is unlikely to attend as she only turned up to her son, Charles’, later church blessing.
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