Why Kate Middleton likely won’t be Meghan Markle’s bridesmaid

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Why Kate Middleton likely won’t be Meghan Markle’s bridesmaid

The Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t even a matron of honour at her own sister’s wedding.

In May 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at Windsor Castle in basically the most anticipated event since Photo (C) GETTY
In May 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at Windsor Castle in basically the most anticipated event since Photo (C) GETTY

In May 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at Windsor Castle in basically the most anticipated event since, um…Prince William and Kate Middleton got married.

And with Prince Harry being so close to his older brother, his sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is sure to play a part in the highly-anticipated nuptials, right?

The short answer? Probably not a big one.

Prince Harry this week announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle and it is perfectly possible he would top a public poll of who should be the next monarch
Prince Harry this week announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle and it is perfectly possible he would top a public poll of who should be the next monarch

According to royals expert and author, Marlene Koenig, we shouldn’t even expect to see Kate in the bridal party. Mostly because, as Koenig puts it, “the Duchess of Cambridge barely knows Meghan.”

“For another, she is the future queen consort when William becomes king after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride,” says Koenig.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana attended Pippa Middleton Wedding
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana attended Pippa Middleton Wedding

Since the roles of maid of honour and bridesmaid are generally reserved for single ladies, the only title Kate could hold, if she were to participate in the wedding party, is matron of honour. It’s essentially the same as a maid of honour, except “matron” refers to a married woman. “But it’s unlikely for Catherine to do this,” says Koenig. “She was not a matron of honor, even at her sister’s wedding.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got engaged last month Photo (C) PA
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got engaged last month Photo (C) PA

Indeed, Kate chose to forgo the honor, so as not to overshadow Pippa on her big day in May 2017. “Kate would upstage her sister,” veteran royals author Judy Wade told People magazine prior to the wedding in 2016. “It’s a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well? But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible.”

Bride Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews cheer and wave as they leave the private estate
Bride Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews cheer and wave as they leave the private estate

Kate will also likely wish to stay out of the spotlight during Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

However, there is a good chance that Kate and William’s adorable children, Charlotte and George, will make an appearance. Kate is due with the couple’s third child in April—just weeks before the nuptials.

The Duchess of Cambridge was dressed down in jeans and The Duchess of Cambridge was dressed down in jeans and a jumpera jumper
The Duchess of Cambridge was dressed down in jeans and a jumper

“It is very likely that Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be a page boy and a bridesmaid,” says Koenig. “Anyone else is a guess.”

Other possibilities for Harry and Meghan’s wedding party, at least from the groom’s side of the family, include Harry’s first cousins, Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn, as well as the children of his two first cousins, Mia Tindall (whose mother is Zara Phillips) and Savannah and Isla Phillips (the daughters of Peter Phillips).

Pippa Middleton Wedding
Pippa Middleton Wedding

As for Markle’s family, the former actress only has one sibling, her estranged half-sister, Samantha, who has reportedly been working on a memoir about their family, titled The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.

We’ll assume she’s not invited.

From: Town & Country US

Tags: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Royals, British Royal Family, Royal, Prince George, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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