The world was stunned by the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will NOT be leaving on their honeymoon after their long-awaited May 19th wedding. An unusual development, to say the least - at least to those of us in the U.S.
Here in the States, we are accustomed to the sight of the newly-married couple leaving the reception under a hail of tossed-rice, as they set out on their wedding trip. For many of us, this includes leaving town right away after the festivities are over, taking the newlyweds out of the public eye for one to two weeks.
Well, as most of us "non-Brits" are learning, there are many more considerations that take priority over time alone with your beloved. Prince Harry and his new wife will jump right into royal engagements the day after the ceremony, without missing a beat.
The decision has left the world asking, “Why would they do this?” Well, again, it goes back to the importance of royal obligations. It seems that the events that “Mr. And Mrs. Prince Harry” will oversee are ones that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could have easily undertaken. However, if you remember, they just welcomed a new baby into the family and are on their maternity leaves.
So, what’s a kingdom to do when they are short on dignitaries for engagements that still expect the “royal touch?” Meghan Markle, in her former line of work as an actress, is certainly familiar with the phrase, “The show must go on,” and that seems to hold true with the Royal Family, as well.
Even though the newlyweds will forgo an immediate honeymoon, they will have a blissful night together a bit closer to home.
After the private reception the Prince of Wales will host after the official reception, Harry and Meghan will drive by car back to Windsor Castle for a night of privacy and newlywed romance.
The couple has, reportedly, been living together leading up to the wedding, so that must make the unconventional wedding night tradition a little more palatable.
Then, when the time is right, the couple will depart on their wedding trip to Namibia, where they will have all the seclusion and privacy they could ever want.
As long as they are okay with it, I guess we can be, too. We continue to wish them the very best as they embark on their new lives together and look forward to seeing them as they grow together as husband and wife!
To see highlights from the fairytale wedding, watch the video, below!