The royalists of Los Angeles, where Meghan Markle was born and grew, are as invested in the marry as any British monarchist
There is a hot dog referred in honour of the big-hearted epoch. There are still crib tones on fascinators, Windsor Castle and how to fold cloths. 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 period 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 bred Angeleno who grew up around film sets and procured success on screen before falling for a ruler, making a modern, biracial sequel to Grace Kelly’s move to Monaco more than half a century ago.
Hollywood perpetuates imperial glamour with age dramata, Disney princesses and, most recently, Netflix’s The Crown. The luminary website TMZ, headquartered near the Pacific Ocean, precedes the media pack with imperial scoops, gab and tidbits , not least the tale over whether Markle’s father, who lives 150 miles down the coast in Mexico, will tread his daughter down the aisle.
For all its English solemnity 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, administrator of Ye Olde King’s Head, a British-themed gift shop in Santa Monica which has repeatedly sold out of Harry and Meghan dishes, beakers, 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 stock five times. We didn’t realise how many parties “couldve been” attracted 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 residence which will climax when Markle says” I do” shortly before dawn local occasion.” We’ll watch it live. Go big-hearted or go home ,” said De Guzman.” The next wed is likely to be, what, Prince George in 20 years ?”
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