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 ?”
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