Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s fairytale wedding took place on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The special day was celebrated across the country, as thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the happy couple and thousands more watched the proceedings on their TVs. More than two years on from the nuptials, a celebrity biographer has detailed the reactions of several members of the Royal Family during the ceremony.
Sean Smith, who has written biographies on Gary Barlow, JK Rowling, Tom Jones and Kate Middleton, has dedicated his latest book ‘Meghan Misunderstood’ to the Duchess of Sussex.
The biography covers her fairytale wedding to Prince Harry and even documented the “priceless” reactions of members of the Royal Family.
Mr Smith wrote: “When I had watched Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2019 – less than eighteen months earlier – the most memorable elements for me were her mother Doria’s quiet grace, the exquisite playing of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Kingdom Choir singing ‘Stand By Me’ acapella and the long, passionate sermon by the Most Rev Michael Curry on the power of love.
“As he spoke, the reactions from the Royal Family that we were allowed to see were priceless.”
The biographer detailed the reactions of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Queen
He described the royals as being “fascinated”, “pompous” and amused.
Mr Smith claimed Zara Tindall, the eldest Queen’s granddaughter, had the best reaction out of all of the royals.
He wrote: “Prince Charles read and re-read the order of service as if it was the latest fascinating issue of Country Life magazine; his wife Camilla and Kate Middleton were desperately trying not to make eye contact with each other; Prince Andrew looked as pompous as ever.
“Prince William adopted a superior smile, Princess Beatrice seemed to be on the verge of laughing out loud, while, best of all, Zara Tindall appeared gobsmacked.
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“My bum sort of slid over either side and Lena kicked the hell out of me for an hour.
“It just wasn’t comfy at all and it probably showed on my face.”
Zara also commented on the length of Bishop Michael Curry’s speech during the ceremony, which lasted 13 minutes.
She said: “It was just the general amount of time everything was taking.
“I think my face was probably caught the point when I thought ‘Right he’s going to finish now’ and then he went off on another little story and it was like, “Really?'”
One month after the ceremony, Zara and husband Mike Tindall welcomed their second daughter, Lena on June 18.
Their eldest daughter, Mia, was born on January 17, 2014.
Meghan Misunderstood by Sean Smith (HarperCollins, £16.99) is out now.