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 honour of the big daylight. There are cot notes 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 are ready for Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry on Saturday.
It will happen 5,000 miles and eight era 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 engendered Angeleno who grew up around film sets and noticed success on screen before falling for a prince, sacrificing a modern, biracial sequel to Grace Kelly’s move to Monaco more than half a century ago.
Hollywood perpetuates royal glamour with period dramas, Disney ladies and, most recently, Netflix’s The Crown. The personality website TMZ, headquartered near the Pacific Ocean, leads-in the media pack with imperial scoops, chatter and morsels , not least the epic over whether Markle’s father, who lives 150 miles down the coast in Mexico, will step his daughter down the aisle.
For all its English pomp numerous here feel the opening ceremony in St George’s chapel could carry a” moved 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 plates, bowls, 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 stake now. We’ve had to reorder broth five times. We didn’t realise how many beings would be gathered into it .”
Shoppers included Redgie De Guzman, 35, a bookseller, who loaded up on union jack adornments for an all-night party at a friend’s residence which will climax when Markle says” I do” shortly before dawn local epoch.” We’ll watch it live. Go large-scale or go home ,” said De Guzman.” The next wedding will be, what, Prince George in 20 times ?”
Read more: www.theguardian.com