The clock is ticking on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's fast-approaching royal wedding, and it seems their finalized guest list is still in the works. However, fewer lucky ladies and gentlemen may have received invites to the wedding of the year than we originally thought.
The duo chose their wedding venue, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, shortly after news of their engagement went public. This space can fit about 800 guests—but don't expect the church to be completely full. According to a source via E! News, the soon-to-be-married pair has actually condensed their guest list to about 600.
Apparently, it's nothing personal to their many friends and colleagues and mainly has to do with the couple's chosen seating arrangement for the big day. According to the source, Harry and Markle might rearrange the pews into a diagonal alignment so that guests can have better visibility of the altar as the Archbishop of Canterbury marries them. The insider added that this seating plan will be more aesthetically pleasing for aerial TV camera shots, to which we thank the duo profusely for thinking of all the royal wedding fans watching the televised nuptials from afar. Hopefully, this makes for prime close-ups of Meghan Markle's dress.
Harry and Markle mailed their unsurprisingly elegant wedding stationery at the end of March, dignifying the dress code as "uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit." But, this shortened guest list isn't too much of a shock, considering not all of their current guests received plus-ones on their invitations. While this could be considered a breach of proper wedding etiquette, these two have been known to play by their own rules. Plus, with social circles as large as theirs, it's understandable that they would pick and choose their guests wisely.
Compared to previous royal weddings in general, this guest list is particularly trim. Prince William and Kate Middleton wed at Westminster Abbey in 2011, which does have a much larger seating capacity, with 1,900 guests in attendance. But, despite a much more intimate (well, by royal standards) wedding ceremony, Harry and Markle have decided to invite 2,640 members of the general public to the grounds of Windsor Castle to witness the wedding procession. More than 250 members of the British Armed Forces will also have a role in the big day.
Among the lucky guests we can expect at the wedding, the rest of the royal family is a given (except for newborn Prince Louis). Markle's former Suits co-stars are also expected to make the cut. Additionally, the Spice Girls revealed that all five members of the pop band landed wedding invitations, leading us to wonder whether a surprise performance of "Wannabe" might be in the cards. Even with the couple's shortened royal wedding guest list, we still need to know—is Elton John invited!?