- Confirming speculation that occurred around the time of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding reception (opens in new tab), apparently Meghan did give her own speech at the event.
- We still don't know exactly what was said, but we do know that it was a (probably pretty minor) break with royal wedding tradition.
- New biography Finding Freedom also dives into a ton of detail about Harry and Meghan's sweet and romantic courtship (opens in new tab).
When Meghan Markle got married to Prince Harry in 2018 (still thinking about that day gives me chills, TBH), there were tons of rumors and speculation about how the event was different, how it included so many unique little touches that the couple had planned for their big event. And now, as confirmed in the new biography Finding Freedom and reported by HELLO! (opens in new tab), Meghan did in fact give her own speech—breaking with royal tradition, apparently.
I for sure did not know this before, but per HELLO!, "Typically, English royal weddings include a speech from the best man, the host and occasionally the groom, but rarely the bride." But the reception (and after-after-party) of the Sussexes' royal wedding was epic in about 30 different ways (opens in new tab), so I'm honestly not surprised by this at all. And frankly, to state the obvious, the reception was carefully planned, and it's therefore appropriate to assume that the Royal Family signed off on the move.
There was speculation in 2018 that Meghan did, in fact, give a speech in which she thanked the Royal Family for welcoming her (which now seems kind of sad, knowing everything we know now). Us Weekly (opens in new tab) also reported at the time that Meghan thanked mom Doria Ragland, not mentioning her dad and all that drama. She even apparently obliquely referenced her first marriage, telling Harry that finding love was "worth the wait." Finding Freedom didn't dive into exactly what was said, but considering Harry and William both gave warm and funny speeches too (and the fact that Meghan's a great speaker), it probably fit in well.
On the one-year anniversary of the wedding, Harry and Meghan shared behind-the-scenes video of their special day:
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And, although we didn't get a close-up of Meghan's speech (ugh, if only!), it provided even more detail that we hadn't seen before.
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
March 9, 2020
March 5, 2020
October 25, 2019
October 22, 2019
Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers (opens in new tab).
January 30, 2019
Meghan Markle visits the National Theatre wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress and blazer, a Carolina Herrera clutch, and Aquazzura pumps (opens in new tab).