Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding invitations went out this week. And Kensington Palace released a few photos and allowed the world to take a look at them.
However, the eagle-eyed fans quickly spotted one major word missing from the formal request. The real name of Meghan Markle wasn’t written on the invites. What’s the reason?
The wedding invitations read: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT requests the pleasure of the company of……. at the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms. Meghan Markle”.
Prince Harry’s fiancée was actually born Rachel Meghan Markle. However, she has used her middle name almost her entire life.
Grant Harrold, the British etiquette expert, spoke with Good Housekeeping: “Buckingham Palace does things by the book, so they will list your full name.
“Even though it’s an official occasion, they’ve obviously decided that she’s known to as everybody as Meghan Markle and issued the invitations under that name.”
And people already knew her from Suits as Rachel. However, there are a few who know that this is her actual name in real life.
But still, when Queen Elizabeth II gave her formal blessing to the couple she acknowledged Meghan’s real name.
In her note to her Privy Council, she wrote, “I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle.”As Prince Henry and Rachel are their official names, they were used for this formal document.
600 Royal wedding invites were printed on a 1930s machine, on thick English card using American ink. And we think it is a sweet way to acknowledge Meghan’s US heritage.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The wedding ceremony is taking place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.