10 Royal Wedding Traditions Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Broke On Their Big Day

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10 Royal Wedding Traditions Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Broke On Their Big Day
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No doubt about it, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (or should we say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) had a royal wedding of firsts. The couple wed on their own terms, and in some cases, that meant breaking royal protocol. What rebels, these two! Let's be honest, though: The British Monarchy desperately needed the modern treatment. Which royal wedding traditions did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break, you ask? Let's explore.

1. They had their wedding on the weekend

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For starters, Markle and the Prince scheduled their wedding on a Saturday. Royal weddings are typically held on weekdays, making them public holidays for the rest of the country. Prince William and Kate Middleton were married on April 29, 2011, which was a Friday. No bank holiday for the Brits this time around. Sorry!

2. Markle isn't Anglican

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For centuries, royals were strictly prohibited from marrying Catholics (Markle has never publicly discussed her religion, but she attended an all-girls Catholic high school). That all changed in 2015 when there was an amendment made to the Act of Settlement of 1701. Finally, royals were allowed to have interfaith marriages.

However, a few months before the wedding, Markle was reportedly baptized into the Church of England in a secret ceremony to honor the Queen.

3. Ordinary people were invited

In March, the Palace announced the couple would invite 2,640 members of the public to Windsor Castle to witness the arrival of the bride and groom. 1,200 of those people would come from "all corners of the UK" and would include "young people who have shown strong leadership and those who have served their communities." Another 200 would come from the couple's favorite charities and organizations.

4. Prince Harry chose to wear a ring

And not just any ring, a platinum ring! Unlike his grandfather, Prince Philip, and brother, Prince William, Prince Harry liked the idea of honoring his love with a band. Instead of the Welsh gold that royals normally wear, Harry's band is textured platinum.

5. Markle was not "given away"

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After it was announced that Markle's father wouldn't be walking his daughter down the aisle, many expected she would have her mother, Doria Ragland, escort her instead. But that didn't happen. The Duchess decided to do the first half of the walk alone, and Prince Charles walked down with her in the latter half.

6. Prince Harry watched Markle walk down the aisle

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According to Good Housekeeping, it's customary for British grooms to face the altar as the bride makes her way down the aisle. He's only supposed to look at her after she reaches him. The Prince clearly decided against that, and lovingly watched his new wife walk to the altar. *sobs*

7. Markle tweaked her wedding vows

Just like Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, Markle changed her wedding vows. She omitted the word "obey" from her vows because men and women are equal. How about that, eh?

8. An American Bishop gave the sermon

Instead of asking a senior member of the Church of England to preside over their ceremony, Prince Harry and Markle asked Bishop Michael Curry, an Episcopal priest from Chicago, to deliver the sermon. He even quoted Martin Luther King Jr. and said, "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."

9. The wedding cake had a different flavor

It's always been tradition for royal occasions — from weddings to christenings — to provide cakes with multi-layered fruitcake topped with white icing. Yum? However, the couple decided to go for a lemon and elderflower cake coated with Swiss meringue buttercream and spattered with 150 fresh flowers instead. Yum!

10. There was no balcony kiss

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But there was a St. George's Chapel kiss! Seeing that theirs isn't a state wedding (mainly because Harry is sixth in line to the throne) and the venue was 21 miles away from Buckingham Palace, it wouldn't make sense to travel all the way there to share a public kiss. They did, however, exchange a royal smooch on the steps of the church, which no royal couple has ever done.

Nicole is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She’s a disgrace to all the Pisces in the world because she has an emotional range of a teaspoon. Tweet her @nicolecordcruz for TV show recommendations.
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