That’s especially true for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who have already had to conduct their relationship in secret under the glare of the world’s press.
The fifth-in-line to the British throne (until the next royal baby is born) has jumped through several hoops to get to the engagement stage by securing the permission of his fiancee’s parents and the official consent of his granny, the Queen.
And that’s just the start of planning for a royal wedding that will be watched by millions of people around the globe. Here’s what we can expect from the most hotly-anticipated Royal nuptials since Wills and Kate in 2011.
GETTING A MARRIAGE VISA
Having been born and raised in LA, Meghan Markle will need a fiancee settlement visa and a marriage visa to live in the UK, AP reports.
They will also need a special wedding license from the Archbishop of Canterbury if they want to marry in a church like Westminster Abbey — tipped as a likely venue — because of her divorce from American film and TV producer Trevor Engelson. Westminster Abbey officials have already indicated Meghan Markle’s divorce won’t be an issue if she weds Prince Harry in a church.
That’s after the couple already needed to secure official permission from the Queen for their wedding, reportedly granted after a meeting for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace in October. The Royal Marriages Act requires the first six in line to the throne to obtain consent to marry.
CHOOSING THE VENUE
The most traditional site for Royal weddings has been the Chapel Royal at St James Palace, where five monarchs including Queen Victoria tied the knot.
But the frontrunner for the spring 2018 wedding is Westminster Abbey which would mean Prince Harry following in the footsteps of his brother Prince William, who married Kate Middleton there in 2011.
The Abbey has hosted five Royal weddings since 1919, including the Queen’s. Other potential venues mentioned in the British press included St Paul’s Cathedral, which hosted the spectacular nuptials of Harry’s parents Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk, and Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
WRITING THE GUEST LIST
The high-profile couple is likely to have a celebrity-laden guest list as their royalty and entertainment worlds combine.
Among Meghan Markle’s closest friends are Star Wars actor Janina Gavankar and Jessica Mulroney, a stylist and daughter of the former Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney.
Fashion designer Misha Nonoo is also likely to attend and is believed to have been the one who introduced the couple. UK celebrity and heir to a sweet company, Millie Mackintosh could also attend along with Serena Williams, who met Meghan Markle in 2014. Prince Harry has recently worked closely with former President Barack Obama who may put in a surprise appearance.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding included a huge Royal family contingent as well as foreign royals from Denmark, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Morocco, Tonga and Spain with governor-generals from Commonwealth territories invited. UK political, religious and military figures made the cut along with friends and celebrities like Sir Elton John, David Beckham, Joss Stone and photographer Mario Testino.