Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, thanked her new father-in-law during an unprecedented, and quite emotional, wedding speech, for the welcoming he has given her to the Royal family.
The bride, who looked marvelous in a white evening gown by Stella McCartney, took to the microphone after a private evening dinner thrown by Prince Charles at Frogmore House.
One source even revealed the details in which Meghan expressed her gratitude at how welcoming the prince had been to both herself and her mother, Doria Ragland.
‘She has been so touched by how welcoming the Prince of Wales has been. So is her mother,’ the source said.
‘Honestly, they are touched beyond belief. It was important to her to make a point of thanking him publicly, although, of course, he knows privately how she feels.’
Another source said: ‘It is often said that he always wanted a daughter and I think he has been really moved by how well they have got on. There is definitely a special connection there. Meghan’s mother means more to her than anything, so it was lovely to see the way he was so welcoming to Doria too.’
The party was held at Frogmore House and had some of the most famous faces from the guest list there. It was all hosted by Prince Charles, featuring music from Sir Elton John and ended with an impressive fireworks display outside the historic 17th-century venue.
At the wedding reception, it has been reported that lots of interesting things happened. Some examples include a ‘naughty’ speech from best-man Prince William, thanks to Meghan to the Royal Family for welcoming her in and a ‘surprise’ from guest James Corden.
The dinner party at Frogmore House featured Harry’s favorite House tracks ‘curated’ by DJ Sam Totolee, who also performed at Pippa Middleton’s wedding, and a ‘drinks of the world’ themed bar.
On the menu, there were ‘royal’ burgers among other dishes, with candyfloss on offer for those who have a sweet tooth and there was even a cocktail named When Harry Met Meghan on the list.
The sit-down dinner was organic, sourced at the request of Prince Charles, and the light-bite canapes were themed ‘spring meets summer’.
Charles also dedicated quite a bit of time on choosing the music for the service with Prince Harry and Meghan, especially the music that was to be played when the guests were waiting for the bride and groom to arrive.
According to reports, it was Charles’ idea to have a gospel choir perform at the ceremony and made sure to put them in touch with a suitable group. The Kingdom Choir brought the house down, particularly with their performance of Ben E King’s Stand By Me.
Charles also had tea with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, along with Camilla at Clarence House shortly after she arrived in London from Los Angeles on Wednesday. By all accounts, the event went swimmingly and everyone got on ‘famously’.
‘It was very warm and there was a real connection there,’ said a source.
And yet again, Prince Charles was there to save the day as he stepped up to escort his son’s fiancee to the altar after her father, Thomas, had to pull out of attending the ceremony due to apparent heart surgery.
It was understandably ‘touching’ that he was asked, and this just shows the growing bond between the prince and Harry’s new wife. Harry whispered ‘Thanks, Pa,’ and smiled as Charles left Meghan at his side.
The Cartier jewelry Meghan wore on Saturday was her something new. It included the £136,000 white gold and diamonds Reflection de Cartier bracelet she wore with her wedding gown and the stunning £60,000 matching earrings she wore with her evening dress.
The bracelet, made from 18-carat white gold, was set with 104 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 4.50 carats, and with 52 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 5.61 carats.
The earrings were also made from 18-carat white gold, each set with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.81 carats, and ten baguette-cut diamonds totaling 1.08 carats.