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Photos/ Video: Royal Wedding Evening Reception Hosted By James Corden, Meghan Speech, First Dance, Fireworks

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Newlyweds Harry and Meghan danced the night away with 200 guests at a glamorous evening reception.
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The beautiful bride switched from her stunning elegant, formal pure white wedding gown by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, to a glamorous lily white halter neck by Stella McCartney for the black-tie evening do.

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The US star – now a duchess and an HRH – is giving a speech at the party, which is being hosted by her father-in-law the Prince of Wales.

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Harry drove his new wife from Windsor Castle in a silver-blue classic convertible Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero which was originally manufactured in 1968 and has been converted to electric power.

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The happy couple waved and smiled as they headed to meet their friends at the celebration, which stretched into the early hours.

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Meghan wore shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.

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Her hair – in a relaxed up to do – was styled for the reception by George Northwood.

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The car’s number plate bore the date of the wedding – E190518.

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Guests were able to rest and change before the start of the evening celebrations following the lunchtime reception in the castle’s medieval St George’s Hall hosted by the Queen.

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Comedian James Corden acted as a compère for the evening, it was reported.

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Following a ceremony which broke with tradition, Meghan was expected to stamp her own imprint on the evening celebration by giving a speech of her own.

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The couple were then expected to let their hair down and enjoy their first dance as husband and wife.

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The closest friends of the newlyweds will be among those in attendance including Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney and other confidantes such as Benita Litt and designer Misha Nonoo.

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Serena Williams pulled out all the stops as she dazzled with her second outfit – a luxury designer frock.

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The tennis champion had already stolen the show during the wedding ceremony in a nude pink asymmetric neckline gown.

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And she did it all again after taking a quick nap with baby daughter Alexis Olympia ahead of tonight’s knees-up.

Sharing snaps of the dramatic Maison Valentino gown on Instagram, Serena thanked creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli for “making me look special on this special evening”.

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The 17th-century royal residence stands about half a mile south of Windsor Castle in Windsor Home Park.

It offers the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex the privacy to celebrate their marriage away from the cameras.

The name Frogmore is derived from the frogs which have always lived in the low lying marshy area.

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It was built in around 1680 by Charles II’s architect and in 1923, the Queen’s parents – the future George VI and Queen Elizabeth – spent part of their honeymoon there.

It is only open for people to view on three ticketed charity open days a year, as well to pre-booked groups in August.

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My Father Backed Out Of My Wedding Via Text Message – Serena |The Republican News

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With news of Meghan Markle’s father Thomas confirming that he won’t be attending the royal wedding on Saturday, the former Suits star’s friend Serena Williams has revealed her own experience of not having her dad walk her down the aisle at her own nuptials, HELLO! reports.

Meghan announced her father will not walk her down the aisle at St George’s Chapel on Saturday as he will not be attending her marriage to Prince Harry.

According to The Express, Thomas is said to be recovering from a heart operation which he underwent on Wednesday following a heart attack last week.

And tennis champion Serena, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November, confessed that her father and coach Richard Williams decided one hour before the vows that he wasn’t going to walk by her side.

“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” she explained in her new documentary titled Being Serena via Vogue.

“But then he wrote me and said,  ‘Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous’.”

Despite the bad timing of the cancellation, Serena remained calm and was supportive of her father’s decision.

“Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too,” she added.

“I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it.”

Elaborating further, the 36-year-old added,  “If he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand. Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have. We just want each other to be happy.”

Serena, who is a doting mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, ended up walking down the aisle alone.

Serena and Ohanian got married in New Orleans on November 16. They met each other for the first time in 2015, which was a life-changing period for Serena, who admitted in a recent interview to New York Times that she was surprised to fall in love with a white guy, according to Tennis World.

Serena has always been supportive of the right defence of black’ people, especially girls. ‘I’m an athlete. He’s a business guy. I’m Black. He’s White. We are totally opposite. I think we just complement each other.”

She added, “I think we understand hard work in different ways. Literally, all I tell Alexis is, ‘well, you know, there’s such a difference between White people and Black people.’ He always gets to hear about the injustices that happen; that wouldn’t happen if I were White.”  (Punch)

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British Royal Palace Plea As Meghan’s Dad May Not Attend Wedding |RN

Watch: Meghan Markle’s Dad Says He Is Not Going to the Royal Wedding (Wochit)

Kensington Palace has asked for “understanding” ahead of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle amid reports her father will not attend.

“This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding,” said a palace spokesman.

“She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.”

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Reports emerged on TMZ that former Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle had decided not to appear at Windsor Castle on Saturday after being left “deeply embarrassed” by the release of pictures that appeared to show him colluding with photographers.

He reportedly suffered a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out of the hospital to prepare for the wedding, only to decide not to go because of coverage of the apparent stunt, which he reportedly told TMZ looked “stupid and hammy”.

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Meghan’s half-sister Samantha – who has questioned her relative’s charity and humanitarian work – took the blame for the pictures, telling ITV’s Loose Women that she wanted to present a “positive” image of her father.

“The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family,” she said.

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She previously insisted her father would walk Meghan down the aisle “unless a plane crashes through his roof”.

Mr Markle had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle, with Kensington Palace has previously revealed that he and her mother Doria Ragland would play “important roles”.

Mr Markle, 73, and Ms Ragland, 61, divorced when Meghan was six-years-old and there had been speculation over whether he would make the trip before the palace confirmed his attendance earlier this month.

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Some reports had said Meghan was worried about how her dad, who is said to value his privacy, would handle the pressure, although others insisted he was “excited” about the big day.

The palace said earlier this month that Meghan was “delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion”.

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But Sky’s Royal Correspondent Rhiannon Mills said Prince Harry, who is yet to meet Mr Markle, and Meghan had been “concerned” about the pressure he had been under ahead of the big day.

She explained: “It is unusual to have a statement released like this on such a personal matter.

“In recent days there has been more speculation about relations between Thomas Markle and the media. Prince Harry and Megan Markle have been concerned about the pressure he has been under.

“I understand that Thomas Markle is not here in the UK. I also understand that Meghan’s mother is not here in the UK either – she is due in the coming days.”

Upon her arrival, Ms Ragland is due to meet the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Earlier it was revealed that she will stay with her daughter at the Cliveden House Hotel, roughly nine miles from Windsor, on the night before the wedding.

Prince Harry will stay at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Ascot, Berkshire, with his brother and best man Prince William.

The details emerged after forecasters predicted that it would be warm and sunny on the big day, which is expected to see 100,000 people from around the world descend on the town.   (Sky News)

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Obama’s Invitation To Prince Harry Wedding In Trouble Because Trump Is Not Invited

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Prince Harry chose Barack Obama to be his flagship interview  – but it may not be wise to invite him to his wedding.  The Prince chose to feature the former President on the Today Programme, which he is guest-editing on Wednesday.

The interview highlights the close relationship between Prince Harry and Obama.   The prince is thought to have told aides he wants to invite Mr Obama and his wife Michelle to the wedding on May 19.

But civil servants are said to fear a diplomatic issue if Mr Obama is invited to the upcoming royal nuptials.

Current president Donald Trump is unlikely to get an invite – and there are fears he would not respond well if the Obamas were asked to come.

Relations between Britain and the White House are currently particularly strained.

In November Prime Minister Theresa May criticised Mr Trump after he retweeted three videos made by far-right group Britain First.

She said promoting the messages “was the wrong thing to do” and called Britain First “a hateful organisation. It seeks to spread division and mistrust in our communities.”

The prince’s fiancee Meghan Markle is also thought to be no fan of Mr Trump, having tweeted criticism of him during last year’s US election.

The Obamas helped the Prince, 33 promote the Invictus Games, which were held in Toronto earlier this year.

A senior government source told the Sun: “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness.

“Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen.

“Conversations are ongoing about and ministers will eventually have to decide. If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up.”

The wedding is not a state occasion and the Government has only a consultative role in the guest list, which is being drawn up by Buckingham Palace.

Downing Street declined to comment.

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Meghan Markle Is From Yorkshire, Documentary Traces Family Back To British Roots

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Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle could be from Yorkshire, a new documentary is set to reveal as it traces her family back to British roots.

To many the 36-year-old is the successful star of hit series Suits and has climbed to fame from humble beginnings in LA to have a fairytale Royal romance.

But few will realise her ancestors were actually from coal mining communities in northern England.A new Channel 4 documentary, When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance, has traced her great great grandmother, Martha Sykes, back to England.

Historian Andy Ulicny will tell viewers that Martha was born in Yorkshire and left with her parents, Thomas and Mary, to settle in the US when she was one.

“Most likely the Sykes family came from Yorkshire, a coal mining region, and the name Sykes was popular up that way,” he said.

Meghan Markle with her mother© Reuters Meghan Markle with her mother Martha is a direct descendant of Ms Markle’s father Thomas, a lighting director.

A copy of the 1870 census from the Mahanoy Township in Schuylkill County, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, shows the family living with three-year-old Martha in the mining area of Pennsylvania.

The family left England during the reign of Prince Harry’s relative Queen Victoria in 1869 in the search of a better life.

But sadly the American dream they had hoped for was shortlived as just eight years later Martha’s father Thomas died of heart failure aged just 43 while working in a local colliery, leaving behind his wife and, by then, five children.

Related: Meghan Markle Through the Years (US Weekly)

'90s: <p>The actress attended Immaculate Heart High School, a private, all-girls Catholic school in Los Angeles. She went by her first name, Rachel, at the time before later using her middle name, Meghan. <br></p> Meghan Markle Through the Years Former miner Perry Pillar reveals that the family would have lived in “a poor rough lumber home with no indoor plumbing with open sewers outside”.

But happiness still happened eventually for Martha as she married into the soon to be Markle family.

Her family history is a far throw from Ms Markle’s celebrity life, who just last week reportedly took afternoon tea with Prince Harry and the Queen amid rumours of an imminent engagement announcement .

The hour long documentary will air at 9pm on Saturday on Channel 4 and is set to reveal more of her background with interviews with friends and colleagues and traces her African-American ancestry.

It looks at the similarity of the pair both having divorced parents, Ms Markle’s father and her mother Doria Ragland parted when she was six, and how her humanitarianist values are simialr to Princess Diana’s.

It comes as the Prince Harry and Ms Markle made their public debut last month on the world stage, making an affectionate appearance at the Invictus Games.

She clapped from the sidelines with her mother and later Prince Harry disappeared from his official seat, slipping out to join them to watch part of the ceremony away from the spotlight.

In September Ms Markle broke her silence on their relationship with an extensive Vanity Fair interview.

Calling him her “boyfriend” publicly for the first time, she said: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love.”

The American actress, who has been dating the Prince since summer 2016, said they were treasuring “our time”, before sharing details of their relationship with the watching world.

It has already inspired speculation of an imminent engagement, with her interview interpreted by Royal watchers as a significant step in making their relationship public and official.

Prince Harry, as fifth-in-line to the throne, must ask the Queen’s permission before marriage.

In the interview Ms Markle confirmed she met Prince Harry through friends in London in July 2016 and dated quietly for months without the public becoming aware of their romance.

The documentary tomorrow sees friends talking about their love story and possible rumours of a future engagement.

When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance will be shown on Channel 4 on Saturday at 9pm

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Prince Harry Unable To Process The Grief Of Diana Death Until 20 years Later, Sought Counselling


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Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling after spending nearly 20 years “not thinking” about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said it was not until his late 20s that he processed the grief – following two years of “total chaos”.

But he was in a “good place” because of the “process I have been through”.

The 32-year-old prince also said boxing “saved” him after he took it up as a “good way of letting out aggression”.

The Telegraph says Prince Harry had decided to talk about his past in the hope it will encourage people to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Along with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he is promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign, the London Marathon’s charity of the year.

Speaking to the paper’s Bryony Gordon, Prince Harry said: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.”

He added: “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and all sorts of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

‘Head in the sand’

The Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

Prince Harry said: “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?”

He described himself as a “typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going ‘life is great’, or ‘life is fine’ and that was exactly it.

“And then [I] started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.”

He said he decided to act after his brother, told him: “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.”

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Prince Harry said: “Some of the best people or easiest people to speak to is a shrink or whoever – the Americans call them shrinks – someone you have never met before.

“You sit down on the sofa and say ‘listen, I don’t actually need your advice. Can you just listen’. And you just let it all rip.”

Asked whether he had counselling, he said: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.”

But he said he could “safely say” his concerns were not related to his service as a soldier in Afghanistan.

On taking up boxing, Prince Harry told the paper: “Everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression.

“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone.”

Prince Harry said: “Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else.”

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