Kensington Palace announced in April that Prince Harry had asked Prince William to be his best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle. There’s been a lot of speculation since about which of her friends Markle might choose as maid of honor, but now we know: She won’t have one.
“She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another,” a palace spokesman told People on Friday. “All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have their support.”
Markle’s closest friends include Baywatch star Priyanka Chopra (who has confirmed that she’ll be a guest), tennis phenom Serena Williams, and Jessica Mulroney, a Toronto-based stylist who is married to the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Jessica was reportedly with the former actress when she selected her wedding dress designer, who remains a mystery.
Markle’s decision to forgo a maid of honor is actually typical of British royal weddings. Duchess Kate Middleton had one — who can forget Pippa’s dress? — but she was the exception, not the rule. According to several reporters on Twitter, Markle’s bridal party will instead include several children acting as bridesmaids and page boys. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to be among them, but more details will be confirmed in the weeks to come.
Additionally, Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, will accompany her en route to the wedding, and her father, Thomas Markle, will walk her down the aisle.
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