The royalists of Los Angeles, where Meghan Markle was born and raised, are as invested in the wedding as any British monarchist
There is a hot dog reputation in honour of the big date. There are crib 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 epoch 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 tolerate and bred Angeleno who grew up around film sets and knew success on screen before falling for a sovereign, yielding a modern, biracial sequel to Grace Kelly’s move to Monaco more than half a century ago.
Hollywood perpetuates royal mystique with season dramas, Disney princesses and, very recently, Netflix’s The Crown. The personality website TMZ, headquartered near the Pacific Ocean, contributes the media carry with royal scoops, chatter and tidbits , not least the saga 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 many here feel the 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, administrator of Ye Olde King’s Head, a British-themed gift shop in Santa Monica which has repeatedly sold out of Harry and Meghan plates, goblets, sweaters and other merchandise.
The frenzy outdistances the fuss for Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011, said Madeley.” There’s much more pastime now. We’ve had to reorder stock 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 league jack emblems for an all-night party at a friend’s live which will culminate when Markle says” I do” shortly before dawn local era.” We’ll watch it live. Move large-scale or going to go ,” said De Guzman.” The next wedding will be, what, Prince George in 20 years ?”
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