Red-hot bird-dogs, high tea and doze defendants: LA’s royalists is fully prepared to the royal marriage

The royalists of Los Angeles, where Meghan Markle was born and raised, are as invested in the bridal as any British monarchist

There is a hot dog named in honor of the big-hearted epoch. The following is cot memoranda on fascinators, Windsor Castle and how to fold cloths. There are last-minute preparations for slumber parties with bunting, scones, cucumber sandwiches and gin and tonic slush puppies.

The royalists of Los Angeles are ready for Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry on Saturday.

It will happen 5,000 miles and eight occasion zones away, but these Californians feel as invested as any British monarchist.

The wedding, after all, feels in some respects like a Hollywood production.

The bride is a born and multiplied Angeleno who grew up around film sets and discovered success on screen before falling for a ruler, committing a modern, biracial sequel to Grace Kelly’s move to Monaco more than half a century ago.

Hollywood continues imperial glamour with period dramas, Disney princess and, most recently, Netflix’s The Crown. The personality website TMZ, headquartered near the Pacific Ocean, conducts the media pack with royal scoops, chitchat and delicacies , not least the tale over whether Markle’s father, who lives 150 miles down the coast in Mexico, will go his daughter down the aisle.

For all its English magnificence many here feel the opening ceremony in St George’s chapel could carry a” shaped in LA” sticker.

” They say she’s their princess, that it’s history in the making ,” said Dympna Madeley, manager of Ye Olde King’s Head, a British-themed gift shop in Santa Monica which has repeatedly sold out of Harry and Meghan platefuls, goblets, sweaters and other merchandise.

The frenzy outdoes the fuss for Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, said Madeley.” There’s much more attention now. We’ve had to reorder broth five times. We didn’t realise how many parties would be pulled into it .”

Shoppers included Redgie De Guzman, 35, a bookseller, who loaded up on union jack medals for an all-night party at a friend’s residence which will climax when Markle says” I do” shortly before dawn local season.” We’ll watch it live. Go big-hearted or go home ,” said De Guzman.” The next wedding will be, what, Prince George in 20 years ?”

Redgie De Guzman stocks up on marry memorabilia for a deeming defendant in Los Angeles. Photograph: Rory Carroll for the Guardian

The only wedding fever dissenter when the Guardian visited the store was Paul Bailey, 50, a British expat who was stocking up on Toffee Crisps.” I don’t feel it had something to do with my life .”

Americans were far more excited than LA’s British transplants, said Madeley, the manager.” We think it’s because Markle is American and mixed-race. They don’t care if we tell them she’ll be a duchess , not a princess .”

Lisa Powers, who coped a neighbouring British-themed pub, said tickets for its marry regards sold out a few weeks ago.” It’s insane. A totally different buzz compared to William and Kate .”

At least three cinemas in LA will host screenings.

Pink’s Hot dog, a fast-food landmark, will render a “Royal Dog”- two hot dog and two bacon slices in a bun filled with mustard, cheese, onions, pickle bask and chili, wrapped in a packet congratulating Markle and Prince Harry.

Echoes of Markle’s past life in LA lend frisson to the celebrations.

The Cat& Fiddle, a Hollywood pub and restaurant, offered to host a” imperial slumber party” with fascinators, pyjamas, quiz trivia, sausage rotations and scones- and remembers about the bride, who seen about seven years ago with her then partner, Trevor Engelson, said co-owner Ashley Gardner.” He had a party for one of our reciprocal friends .”

The Rose Tree Cottage, an English tea room in the outskirt of Pasadena, channelled Pygmalion when Markle visited last year reportedly for etiquette tips-off, with proprietor Edmund Fry, a British expat, in the role of Professor Higgins. Angelenos have followed in her aftermath.” We’re swamped, totally bog ,” an employee said on Wednesday.

Edmund Fry conducts guests in a toast to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during afternoon tea at the Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena, surrounded by cardboard cutouts of the royal family. Photograph: Robyn Beck/ AFP/ Getty Images

American woos with royalty don’t ever cease well. Passion for Wallis Simpsoncost Edward VIII his throne and property them in exile. Grace Kelly chafed at a lost acting career and died in a car accident.

Former educators predicted Markle will adapt to the scrutiny, press and constraints of monarchy.

” As a student she was very bright, very intelligent, very involved ,” said Maria Pollia, who taught Markle theology at Immaculate Heart high school in the 1990 s.

” I don’t think she has any fairytale reveries about the life. I conclude she’ll know that it comes with some jolly drastic alters. She is her own person but is very respectful of habit. I don’t think she’ll be standing on counters trying to remake the royal family, that’s just not her .”

Prince Harry and Markle will focus on humanitarian projects, predicted Christine Knudsen, who taught Markle spirituality and literature.” We’re sure that after they get settled she and Harry will continue showing great heart and great shame .”

The school, a private college near Hollywood, revelled their alumnus earlier the coming week at a party with dancing, lemonade, biscuits and a corgi.

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