The royalists of Los Angeles, where Meghan Markle was born and raised, are as invested in the wed as any British monarchist
There is a hot dog called in honor of the large-scale epoch. The authorities have crib memoes on fascinators, Windsor Castle and how to fold napkins. There are last-minute preparations for slumber defendants with bunting, scones, cucumber sandwiches and gin and tonic slush puppies.
The royalists of Los Angeles be prepared for Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry on Saturday.
It will happen 5,000 miles and eight time regions 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 spawned Angeleno who grew up around film sets and procured success on screen before falling for a prince, leaving a modern, biracial sequel to Grace Kelly’s move to Monaco more than half a century ago.
Hollywood perpetuates imperial glamour with date dramas, Disney princess and, most recently, Netflix’s The Crown. The personality website TMZ, headquartered near the Pacific Ocean, pass the media pack with imperial scoops, chatter and goodies , not least the saga over whether Markle’s father, who lives 150 miles down the coast in Mexico, will walk his daughter down the aisle.
For all its English pomp many here feel the opening ceremony in St George’s chapel could carry a” manufactured in LA” sticker.
” They say she’s their princess, that it’s history in the making ,” said Dympna Madeley, director of Ye Olde King’s Head, a British-themed gift shop in Santa Monica which has repeatedly sold out of Harry and Meghan illustrations, cups, 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 interest now. We’ve had to reorder broth five times. We didn’t realise how many people would be gathered into it .”
Shoppers included Redgie De Guzman, 35, a bookseller, who loaded up on union jack trinkets for an all-night party at a friend’s live which will climax when Markle says” I do” shortly before dawn local hour.” We’ll watch it live. Go large-hearted or go home ,” said De Guzman.” The next marry will be, what, Prince George in 20 years ?”
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