Will Kate Middleton Be in Meghan Markle’s Bridal Party?
On May 19, Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. But will her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, be standing by her side?
It’s a question that royal watchers have been fervently asking perhaps even before Prince Harry put a three-stone diamond ring on Meghan’s finger. After all, it was maid of honor Pippa Middleton who (almost) stole the show at her sister’s 2011 wedding, when she stepped out in a curve-hugging Alexander McQueen dress. Would the Duchess of Cambridge similarly end up in the spotlight?
If this was America, it would be a safe assumption to say maybe yes, as it’s quite common for a bride to have her future sister-in-law in her wedding party. However, the British royals operate by a totally different rule book—one that suggests it’s quite unlikely.
For the Windsors, bridesmaids are traditionally children rather than adult women. Kate’s bridesmaids, for example, were 8, 7, 3, and 3 years old, while Pippa included then-2-year-old Princess Charlotte. Says Vogue’s Emma Elwick-Bates: “I think there is more of a penchant for adult bridesmaids in the U.S., but in the U.K., a flurry of little people with varying concentration levels is more the case.”
In fact, the adult roles of best man and maid of honor weren’t common for the royals until Prince William and Kate got married seven years ago, when they broke protocol and asked Harry and Pippa to be part of their big day.
But even if Harry and Meghan follow in their footsteps, which is likely, Kate probably wouldn’t be tapped for such a big role.
Last year, Kate took a back seat at Pippa’s wedding—allegedly because she didn’t want to take any of the spotlight off of her sister. Although Meghan has amassed quite the star power (tabloids rave about the “Markle Sparkle”), it’s possible that Kate won’t want to risk taking away any of the attention, and instead, she will provide support for the bridesmaids.
In addition, there may be protocol to observe. Kate, technically, is of higher royal status than Meghan—so it may be strange for her to take a subservient role, even if it’s just symbolically. Royal expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country: “. . . [Kate] is the future queen consort when William becomes king after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride.”
But the most plausible reason? Although the two women are said to be friends, in all reality, they haven’t known each other for that long. According to Entertainment Tonight, Meghan isn’t looking for Kate to be her maid of honor, as she wanted to choose “one of her closest friends who has stood by her for many years before meeting Harry.”
Who that is remains a mystery—well, at least until May 19.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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