Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Didn't Sit Together at Pippa Middleton's Wedding

There was a strict seating plan in place, insiders say.

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Although she didn't attend the church service, Meghan Markle finally got to join Prince Harry at Pippa Middleton and James Matthews' wedding reception. According to the Telegraph, the actress arrived wearing a maroon backless gown, but thanks to a strict seating plan, she didn't end up sitting with her boyfriend for the party in Bucklebury.

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Pippa's carefully thought-out table arrangement reportedly made sure couples weren't seated together. And despite flying more than 3,000 miles to attend, there was no exception for the American actress and her royal boyf, who is said to have driven back to London—which is an hour and a half away—to pick up Meghan and drive back to the reception.

Separating couples at weddings can be controversial. Sure, it allows guests to get to know each other, but some say the rule is outdated. According to etiquette guide Debretts, "It is up to the host to decide whether husbands and wives are to be seated together or apart at formal events."

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Still, even if they didn't get the chance to chat over the wedding breakfast, it's likely that Meghan and Harry enjoyed destroying the dance floor at the no-expense spared celebration.

Pippa reportedly hired models to serve the food and drink, and guests enjoyed a fly-past by a single Spitfire before the party got started in the glass marquee, decorated with an "enchanted forest" theme. Because of course.

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