We never thought we’d say this, but there’s one page out of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding planning handbook brides should not listen to. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are apparently way behind on their wedding thank-you notes, a major etiquette no-no.
If you recall, Harry and Markle had one of the biggest, history-making weddings of the year on May 19. So yes, it’s been six months since their wedding, and they are STILL sending out their thank-you notes. Couples usually have a one to three month window to send out thank-you cards so the Duke and Duchess are running out of time. What makes it even worse is that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who tied the knot on October 12, have already reportedly mailed handwritten thank-you notes to their wedding well-wishers.
The pressure is on, but according to Hello Magazine, the palace is trying to make up for the delay by sending an apology note along with the thank-you notes.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked me to thank you for your letter of 24th May and I must apologise for the delay in responding to you,” the letter from the head of the Correspondence Section at Clarence House, Claudia Spens, reads, per Hello. “As I am sure you can imagine, this has been a particularly busy time for this office and we have, consequently, been unable to reply as quickly as we should have liked to."
"It was so kind of you to take the trouble to write as you did and Their Royal Highnesses were immensely touched by your generous words of support,” the letter continued.
The letter also thanked well-wishers who sent a charitable donation in lieu of a traditional wedding gift per Markle and Harry’s wishes. A letter sent to Gertrude Daly, the blogger behind Gert’s Royal Replies included a line reading, “The Duke and Duchess were heartened to learn of the charitable donation you made to the Myna Mahila Foundation in their honour; this was most thoughtful and commendable of you and Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful."
No only are the letters late, but they aren’t from the Duke and Duchess themselves, which required another apologetic line. "Although unable to reply to you personally, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked me to send you their warmest thanks for your letter and their very best wishes."
If you’re still awaiting your thank-you card, you have something to look forward to. The message comes with a black and white official royal wedding portrait of the couple. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been overwhelmed by all the incredibly kind cards and letters they have received on the occasion of their Wedding, and are so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did," the message on the back says. "It really was most thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated by Their Royal Highnesses who send you their very best wishes."
The wait might just be worth it.