Even though these two weddings are 40 years apart, there is still a surprising link between the weddings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the Prince’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.
And that’s all thanks to a member of the Household Cavalry. Lt. Col James Gaselee. He will be the one leading the soldiers as they escort the newly married couple during their first carriage procession as husband and wife. Also the commanding officer just so happens to be the brother of Sarah-Jane Gaselee, who was present at Charles and Diana’s wedding back in 1981 as a bridesmaid.
If the weather is sunny, the couple will be riding in the Ascot Landau. It will be pulled by Windsor Greys Tyrone, Storm, Sir Basil and Milford Haven, after the main ceremony at St. George’s Chapel.
James is a veteran who served in Afghanistan, the same place where Prince Harry also served, and he and Sarah Jane’s father, Nick, was Prince Charles’ former racehorse trainer.
Speaking about his role in the army, James previously told the Sunday Times: “As a commanding officer, one of the hardest parts of my job is disciplining my men when they’ve let you down or let themselves down. But one thing I probably get from my father is I’m a great believer in putting trust in people.”
Sarah-Jane was only ten-years-old when she was bridesmaid for the couple. She talked about a photo from the wedding party. Laughing she recalls that historical day back in 2000, saying: “At the end of it, we all collapsed on the floor giggling and that was one of the most famous pictures taken that day.” Prince Harry and Meghan will tie the knot on 19 May in Windsor, and are expected to have around 600 guests in attendance for the special day.