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A decade ago, it might have been hard to imagine Prince Harry settling down . A time in which Harry spent little time out of the headlines for his so-called “playboy” behaviour, he alone provided the press with a decent selection of scandalous stories that likely provoked plenty of eye-rolling behind Buckingham Palace’s gates. But the lives of other members of the royal family have been far from dull, be it their not-so-hush-hush affairs, battles with intrusive paparazzi or simply taking a momentary break from royal behaviour. Here are a few stories from the royal family that reveal them at their most outrageous, unusual or downright cheeky. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK : Viewers praise the Queen as she ‘man-handles’ the Crown Jewels in new documentary The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official family photo album The Duchess of Cambridge’s Canada tour style: 2011 versus now
Two billion television views, £24m on security and Karl Lagerfeld and Margaret Thatcher as guests: royal weddings around the world are not to be sniffed at. Prince Albert II’s marriage to former Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene was celebrated for days, with concerts and firework displays put on by the pair. But even their spectacular celebrations were nothing compared to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s £25.8m wedding. Prince William and his university sweetheart wed in front of two billion television viewers globally. Kate Middleton , as she was known then, wore one of the most expensive wedding dresses of all time: a bespoke Alexander McQueen gown. The brunette finished her look with a royal family heirloom: the Cartier ‘halo’ tiara that King George VI gifted his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, with in 1936. The Queen’s wedding was equally spectacular. It was broadcast to over 200 million radio listeners and attended by 2000 guests. The bride’s unique, star-covered Norman Hartnell dress was paid for using post-war rations. Princess Margaret’s wedding in 1960 was the first to be shown on television and drew in 300 million viewers. Two decades later, 750 million people tuned in to watch Prince Charles’ marry Lady Diana Spencer. Grace Kelly’s wedding to Prince Rainer III more lavish yet. The pair became engaged within months of meeting at Cannes Film Festival and tied the knot in an opulent religious service organised by the American actress’ film studio. Talk about heavyweight wedding planners. How will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on 19 May 2018 compete? Watch this space. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: 100 years of iconic British wedding dresses A timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship Everything you need to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
Prince Harry’s always been something of a royal rebal. He was taken to a rehab centre aged 17 , after admitting to drinking and smoking marijuana, and was photographed in the buff in a Las Vegas hotel suite a decade later. His love life’s been just as left-field. While Prince William married his uncomplicated, well-educated, university girlfriend Kate Middleton , Prince Harry played the field throughout his 20s and early 30s. When it came to settling down, the woman he proposed to, Meghan Markle , was American (gasp), an actress (double gasp) and (one last huge gasp) a divorcee. For the British royal family, that’s pretty shocking stuff. Since confirming their relationship in November 2016 , the pair have shaken up the monarchy ever-so-slightly – and chucked out the royal relationship rulebook. They’ve held hands in public, affectionately stroked one another’s backs and, cue another gasp, even kissed in front of the press at the Invictus Games in Canada. By all accounts, their whirlwind romance is lightyears away from from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 10-year courtship. That’s not saying that Kate and William’s relationship is any less loving – but it’s definitely more understated. From whispering sweet nothings to smiling into one another’s eyes, scroll to see Meghan and Harry’s most adorable moments caught on camera. Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding: The date, details and latest news A timeline of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal titles announced
Since news of Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry broke, all anyone wants to know is what the American actress will wear for her big day. Will she, like every other woman marrying into the British royal family, support the British fashion industry and wear a design by a designer from the UK? Or will she look abroad for her dressmaker? As the 35-year-old picks out her perfect frock, we look back over the bridal ensembles worn at some of Britain’s most prolific weddings over the past century: from the late Queen Mother’s 1920s number to Fergie’s 17-foot train. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress: We predict what the royal-to-be might wear on her big day Meghan Markle will spend Christmas with the Royal Family at Sandringham Israeli designer could be behind Meghan Markle’s wedding dress For her long-awaited second marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla wore a bue-gold dress coat by Robinson Valentine with gold embroidery, inspired by a piece of her mother’s jewellery. She finished the look with a headpiece by Philip Treacy. [Photo: Getty] Fergie’s wedding dress showcased her love for Andrew. The Lindka Cierach embroidered ivory silk dress boasted a scooped neck, padded shoulders and beading adorning the bodice. But the real talking point was her 17-feet train that was emblazoned with the letter ‘A’. [Photo: PA]