Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ’s wedding is the gift that keeps on giving, from secret baptisms and spring weddingcakes to a star-studded guest list – and Meghan’s family are also likely to reap some benefits. According to royal tradition, her father, Thomas Markle, may very well receive a family coat of arms in advance of the big day on May 19.
The father of the bride is normally given a family coat of arms with the traditional design, customized with symbols and colours, leading up to the nuptials. While Kensington Palace and the College of Arms haven’t confirmed whether they will follow suit with the former actress’s father, it’s likely that this special tradition won’t be forgotten when it comes to Meghan’s dad.
Just a week before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exchange vows, Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, received his coat of arms. His particular design boasts a gold stripe across the middle in honour of Kate’s mother, Carole – whose maiden name is Goldsmith – and three acorns, representing the family’s three children: Kate, 36, Pippa, 34, and James, 30.
But it’s not just the father of the bride who gets the special keepsake. Harry and Meghan will also receive their own conjugal coat of arms, but royal watchers may have to wait some time before getting a glimpse. William and Kate got theirs two years after they walked down the aisle, which includes a Lion holding William’s shield and a unicorn holding Kate’s.