Wedding speeches tend to be the highlight of any reception. There are the light-hearted and fun (hopefully) best man and maid of honor speeches, while toasts from the father of the bride often bring the place to tears. However, Meghan Markle is throwing tradition to the wayside and reportedly plans to make her own speech at her royal wedding to Prince Harry.
According to The Times, Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, 73, will walk his daughter down the aisle on May 19 but reportedly will not be making a speech. That task will be taken on by the bride herself. She is reportedly planning an “affectionate” tribute to Prince Harry (could they be any cuter?), as well as a thank-you to the queen and everyone who has supported them in their very public courtship. Brides don’t tend to speak at weddings, especially at royal weddings. And while the highly publicized nuptials will certainly be a high-pressure place to make a speech, Meghan has had tons of practice; she regularly makes speeches as a United Nations Women ambassador and, of course, as an actress on Suits.
The spring wedding will take place in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, which holds about 800 people—a small number, compared with other royal weddings; Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding took place in Westminster Abbey, which has a 2,000-person capacity. Even their cake flavor, banana, is set to be another departure from tradition.
Though this couple clearly does not have any problems breaking tradition, the queen has been supportive of their unique touches. Markle spent Christmas with the royal family, though Middleton was not invited to do the same before tying the knot with Prince William. Even Markle’s relaxed hair and clothing choices are not typical of a soon-to-be royal.