Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are inviting more than 2,000 ordinary people to their wedding

  • Kensington Palace has announced that over 2,000 members of the public will get to be part of the next royal wedding.
  • They will be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day on May 19.
  • A selection of people from across the UK, local schoolkids, and charity workers will be invited into the grounds.
  • The couple apparently want to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they will be inviting over 2,000 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch part of their wedding.

Kensington Palace announced this morning that Harry and Meghan said that they "want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.

"This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom."

The people chosen will be invited into the castle ground to watch the couple and their guests arrive. They'll also be able to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.

The ceremony itself, inside the castle's St George's Chapel, will have a more exclusive guestlist.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on February 28, 2018 in London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris Jackson (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prince Harry, his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on February 28, 2018 in London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris Jackson (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet with panelists and beneficiaries as they attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prince Harry, his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on February 28, 2018 in London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris Jackson (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch Prince William, Duke of Cambridge giving a speech as they attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Here's how the extra invitees will be chosen:

  • 1,200 members of the public from all over the UK will be nominated to attend by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. There will be people chosen from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.
  •  200 people from a range of charities and organisations which Prince Harry and Markle have a close association with, including those which Prince Harry serves as Patron.
  • 100 pupils from two local schools: The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George's School, Windsor Castle – both of which have a strong affiliation with the Windsor Castle community.
  • 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St George's Chapel community.

In total 2,640 people will be invited into the grounds to watch the arrivals, this will include 530 members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate. 

The couple will marry on May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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Meghan Markle attends a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017  in Toronto, Canada

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Doria Radlan and Meghan Markle are seen at the Closing Ceremony on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Centre.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square.

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Meghan Markle attends the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Arena.

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