Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reveal Their First Dance Song at 2018 Wedding in Newly Released Trailer for ‘Harry & Meghan’

Think they chose a slow love song? Nope!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been known to be pretty romantic, saccharine, and lovey-dovey (nothing wrong with that!)—but, for their first dance at their May 19, 2018, wedding, they opted for a fast-paced, upbeat, and fun song over a slow love song, as a new trailer for Harry & Meghan reveals. They chose Wilson Pickett’s 1966 hit “Land of 1000 Dances,” a song Meghan admitted she often forgets the name of: “I always get it wrong,” she said.

In the trailer—released yesterday—ample clips of the couple dancing to the song are shown, as Meghan recalled “it was so fun. Just spinning like a whirlwind.” Harry and Meghan’s private evening wedding reception was held at Frogmore House, where Meghan knocked it out of the park in a Stella McCartney gown and late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring (which she wore again this week in New York City). Harry wore a tuxedo as the two took to the dance floor for their dance routine.

“I just really wanted the music to be fun,” Meghan said. “Even our first dance.” As Meghan sang lyrics from the song in the new trailer, she continued “that was our first dance. It was so fun.”

The then Prince Charles hosted the reception, attended by 200 of their closest friends and family, according to People. The private event followed their very public wedding earlier in the day at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

It certainly seemed to be a night to remember—Idris Elba was their DJ, George Clooney served drinks to guests, and Serena Williams played beer pong. Harry and Meghan also reportedly gave speeches thanking their guests for attending, infused with humor and trademarked sweetness.

“It was a huge dance party,” a source told People of the reception at the time. “Everyone was letting loose and had a blast. Just a fun night and not stuffy at all.” 

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.