Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagementon Monday (Nov 27) and it seems the couple have already decided on a wedding venue following the news that the Archbishop of Canterbury has been asked to give his blessing to a church wedding for Prince Harry and US divorcee Meghan. In a statement following the engagement announcement, Justin Welby said: "I am absolutely delighted to hear the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now engaged. I have met Prince Harry on a number of occasions and have always been struck by his commitment and passion for his charities, and his immense love for his family."
He added: "Marriage is a special and joyous commitment, one that Jesus celebrated together with friends at the wedding in Cana. I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to make their vows before God. I wish them many years of love, happiness and fulfillment and ask that God blesses them throughout their married life together." Should the pair choose to have a large-scale royal wedding, they could follow in the footsteps of Harry's older brother, Prince William, who wed Kate at Westminster Abbey. The central London location is also where Harry's grandmother, the Queen, and great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, were wed.
The Abbey can accommodate 2000 guests - but the couple will instead opt for St George's, the church set in the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle, where Prince Charles and Camilla had their televised blessing back in 2005. With space for 800 guests, it would be a more private affair, and would also be convenient for Harry's grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, who spend most of their time at home in the castle. It is also where Prince Harry was christened back in 1984, and according the Church of England rules, it means that he can also marry there. Surrounded by the Horseshoe Cloisters and the Henry VIII gate, it would keep a level of privacy on the exciting day.
St Paul's Cathedral is where Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, married his mother, Princess Diana, in 1981, and has also been the place of many royal celebrations, including the thanksgiving services for the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee, and the 80th and 100th birthday of the Queen Mother. With room for over 2,000 guests, the grand venue would certainly be fit for a royal wedding.
There is also speculation that the pair could get married abroad, as Meghan hails from the US, and has lived in Toronto, Canada for the last few years while working on Suits. This is the most unlikely option, due to the high cost of royal security, and because royal weddings are known to improve British tourism dramatically. Following Kate and William's wedding in 2011, a record number of people travelled to the UK for their holidays.