Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, two years ago. This year, they announced their plans to step away from royal duties – a controversial decision that has shocked many in the UK. Instead of carrying out responsibilities undertaken by the Royal Family, they described their hope to promote humanitarian and charitable causes. Recently, an insight was given into the couple’s life through the publication of ‘Finding Freedom’ – a book they claim not to have contributed to. As part of the biography, new details about the Royal Wedding came to light and many have reexamined the events that led up to their big day.
When the world’s eyes descended on the UK in celebration of Prince Harry’s nuptials, the focus was momentarily shifted due to one amusing and unexpected moment.
As the bride walked down the aisle, the public noticed the surprised amusement of pageboy Brian Mulroney, whose expression later went viral online.
The then-seven-year-old, whose mother is Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney, flashed a broad grin of gappy teeth in a moment that appeared to show him “photobombing” the US actress.
It was later revealed that the youngster’s amusement stemmed from having “never heard a trumpet before”.
Brian had prepared for the big day, alongside his twin brother John, but was reported to have been overwhelmed by the instrument, flowers and number of people, according to father Ben.
Soon after the wedding, Brian’s father told Canadian TV show ‘Your Morning’: “We really didn’t see them until they got to the front of the church. There had been so much talk of getting it right with the rehearsals.”
But because of the royal couple’s request for all guests not to bring their mobile phones to the ceremony, he was unaware that his son had become a viral hit until later in the evening.
Prior to the wedding, Mr Mulroney joked that he had ensured the boys would carry out their duties after “months and months of bribery and mild threatening”.
He added: “In the days leading up, we changed our tune to a more Oprah [Winfrey] themed empowerment, ‘You can do this! You can do this!’
“These kids are so young that there was a lot of worry that it wouldn’t get done right but they’re having so much fun with it, which to me was the thing that gave me such pride.
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“We didn’t put so much pressure on them that this wasn’t joyful for them and it was pretty darn joyful.”
Mr Mulroney explained that the boys “didn’t know what to expect” before the big day and had to be coached on how to react to the thousands of eyes watching them.
He continued: “We told them, ‘If someone waves at you wave back. Wave back, have fun!’”
While there was immense pressure on the young boys, they quickly became a highlight of the 2018 Royal Wedding.
Their gleeful faces were captured in a number of photographs as they beamed at strangers from the wedding car and later during the ceremony itself.
Mr Mulroney added: “What a beautiful day…The kids had a chance to get to know each other a little bit during these rehearsals and had some get-togethers.
“So they did sort of come together in a little bit of a club before this happened.”