After months of waiting, it's official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. The bride and groom-to-be made their first official public appearance as an engaged couple yesterday, and since the news broke, it has been royalty mania. From speculations of where the two will tie the knot to what kind of wedding dress the bride will wear, we just can't wait for every single detail of the royal wedding to be revealed. With that being said, there's one major question: WHO will be the future princess's bridesmaids?
(Pick us! Pick us!)
Along with the news of the engagement, the Clarence House released a statement yesterday that the wedding will take place in spring 2018—meaning Markle needs to assemble her #girlsquad fast. (Did we mention, we're totally available?) And though the future princess has countless fans and dozens of A-list friends, we think that the following ladies might just be joining her down the aisle.
1. Serena Williams
As if Serena Williams's life couldn't get any more glamorous, the tennis superstar might just be one of Markle's bridesmaids. The two became friends in 2014, and Markle once wrote on her lifestyle website, The Tig, of Williams: "We hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing and chatting—not about tennis or acting, but about good old-fashioned girly stuff. So began our friendship....She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was traveling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down-to-earth chick I was able to grab lunch with a couple of weeks ago in Toronto."
2. Lindsay Jill Roth
You can't get married without your BFF by your side. In addition to being the maid of honor at Lindsay Jill Roth's wedding, the future princess has posted countless pics of her best friend to her Instagram feed. The two met in a Toni Morrison literature class during their freshman year at Northwestern University, and have been best friends since. When Roth was getting ready to tie the knot, Markle flew her out to Toronto to have a special wedding dress fitting at Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay. “I think people assume that when someone gains notoriety that they change," Roth once said of her friend.
"But she’s still the same girl I met years ago, with the same values and priorities. She’s selfless, and that’s just a part of who she is and who she was raised to be.”
3. Janina Gavankar
True Blood actress Janina Gavankar and Markle have been friends for over 15 years, and it's clear from their social media accounts that the two are always in touch. In addition to sharing similar television acting careers, Markle apparently inspired Gavankar to launch her own lifestyle website. Needless to say, Gavankar is definitely a candidate.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Another one of Markle's actress friends, Priyanka Chopra is also eligible candidate for bridesmaid title. The two became friends pretty recently, but it's clear that Chopra has Markle's back. She's publicly defended her friend twice: once for her a recent cover shoot (saying, "It would have been nice to write about her, not just her boyfriend, I'm just saying") and another time on Wendy Williams's show for only describing Meghan as "Prince Harry's girlfriend." When Wendy asked Priyanka if she'd be a bridesmaid, she joked, "I don't think I'm that close to her.
I've known her two years now. We randomly met at a party and got on really well. So I don't know, once I get the invite..."
5. Abigail Spencer
Spencer costars with Markle on Suits, and it's clear the two are tight on and off-screen. They spend a lot of time together, as revealed by each other's social media posts.
6. Misha Nonoo
Markle and celebrity designer Misha Nonoo have been friends for years and travel together— oh, and did we mention that Nonoo may have been the royal matchmaker? Nonoo's husband, Alexander Gilkes, went to school with both Prince William and Prince Harry, and the couple was invited to the duke and duchess's wedding. Sooo it sounds like Nonoo probably has the in.
7. Jessica Mulroney
Along with being Markle's stylist, Mulroney is also a pretty close friend. They frequently post about one another on social media and from the looks of it, travel together an awful lot. Even if she doesn't make the bridesmaid cut, we have a feeling she'll be working closely with the bride as she plans the royal wedding.
While we've narrowed it down to these finalists, we have to include some runners-up that might just make the royal bride squad:
Heather Dorak: Markle's Pilates instructor and close friend, apparent from their frequent Instagram posts of each other.
Samantha Markle: Meghan's half-sister, who recently had some very sweet things to say about the adorable couple.
Sarah Rafferty: Markle's costar on Suits and one of her close friends off-screen.
Jeanann Williams: Another one of Markle's stylists and a close friend.