Hot pups, high tea and doze defendants: LA’s royalists is fully prepared to the royal uniting

The royalists of Los Angeles, where Meghan Markle was born and elevated, are as invested in the wed as any British monarchist

There is a hot dog named in honour of the big daytime. There are still crib mentions on fascinators, Windsor Castle and how to fold napkins. 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 hour areas 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 discovered success on screen before falling for a lord, yielding a modern, biracial sequel to Grace Kelly’s move to Monaco more than half a century ago.

Hollywood perpetuates royal mystique with date dramas, Disney princess and, quite recently, Netflix’s The Crown. The luminary website TMZ, headquartered near the Pacific Ocean, extends the media pack with imperial scoops, gab and delicacies , not least the tale over whether Markle’s father, who lives 150 miles down the coast in Mexico, will amble his daughter down the aisle.

For all its English magnificence numerous here feel the opening ceremony in St George’s chapel could carry a” become 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 sheets, beakers, sweaters and other merchandise.

The frenzy outruns 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 “wouldve been” plucked 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 culminate when Markle says” I do” shortly before dawn local duration.” We’ll watch it live. Go large-scale or go home ,” said De Guzman.” The next wedding is likely to be, what, Prince George in 20 years ?”

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Redgie De Guzman stocks up on wedding memorabilia for a viewing party in Los Angeles. Photograph: Rory Carroll for the Guardian

The only wedding fever dissenter when the Guardian saw the storage was Paul Bailey, 50, a British expat who was stocking up on Toffee Crisps.” I don’t feel it has anything to do with “peoples lives” .”

Americans were far more excited than LA’s British grafts, said Madeley, the manager.” We think it’s because Markle is American and mixed-race. They don’t care if we tell them she’ll be a duchess , not a princess .”

Lisa Powers, who controlled a neighbouring British-themed pub, said tickets for its marry viewings sold out weeks ago.” It’s insane. A totally different buzz compared to William and Kate .”

At least three cinemas in LA will host screenings.

Pink’s Hot dog, a fast-food landmark, will give a “Royal Dog”- two hot dog and two bacon slices in a bun filled with mustard, cheese, onions, pickle relish and chili, wrapped in a packet praising Markle and Prince Harry.

Echoes of Markle’s past life in LA include frisson to the celebrations.

The Cat& Fiddle, a Hollywood pub and restaurant, offered to host a” imperial slumber party” with fascinators, pyjamas, quiz trivia, sausage buns and scones- and remembers about the bride, who seen about seven years ago with her then spouse, Trevor Engelson, said co-owner Ashley Gardner.” He had a party for one of our reciprocal friends .”

The Rose Tree Cottage, an English tea area in the outskirt of Pasadena, channelled Pygmalion when Markle saw last year reportedly for etiquette gratuities, with proprietor Edmund Fry, a British expat, in the role of Professor Higgins. Angelenos have followed in her aftermath.” We’re swamped, entirely drenched ,” an employee said on Wednesday.

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Edmund Fry leadings guests in a toast to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during afternoon tea at the Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena, surrounded by cardboard cutouts of the royal family. Photograph: Robyn Beck/ AFP/ Getty Images

American intrigues with royalty don’t ever terminate well. Passion for Wallis Simpsoncost Edward VIII his throne and landed them in exile. Grace Kelly irked at a lost acting career and died in a car accident.

Former educators prophesied Markle will adapt to the scrutiny, distress and restrictions of monarchy.

” As a student she was very bright, very intelligent, exceedingly committed ,” said Maria Pollia, who taught Markle theology at Immaculate Heart high school in the 1990 s.

” I don’t think she has any fairytale dreams about the living standards. I consider she’ll know that it comes with some somewhat drastic alters. She is her own being but is very respectful of tradition. I don’t think she’ll be standing on tables trying to remake the royal family, that’s just not her .”

Prince Harry and Markle will focus on humanitarian campaigns, predicted Christine Knudsen, who taught Markle spirituality and literature.” We’re sure that after they get settled she and Harry will continue showing great heart and enormous conscience .”

The school, a private college near Hollywood, celebrated their alumnus earlier the coming week at “states parties ” with dancing, lemonade, biscuits and a corgi.

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