When James Corden and his wife Julia attended the royal wedding last month, they were excited to finally get out of the house and travel for a bit without the kids. There was, however, one major hitch.
According to Corden, who recently sat down with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, his allergies started to act up immediately upon entering St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. (It was an understandable reaction given that the entire space was decorated with gorgeous flowers and greenery.)
“There were flowers everywhere,” the Carpool Karaoke host told Ripa and Seacrest. “I mean, imagine you could cover this entire place [the live studio] in flowers. And where we sat, there was a particularly huge thing of flowers, and throughout the wedding, I was just doing this.” Here, Corden scrunched his nose as though to scratch an unbearable itch.
“So at first you’re like, you’re aware that at any point you could be on television,” he continued. “So that’s why, if it looks like I was in a bit of a mood, or completely grumpy, it was because I was just trying to [hold it together]. Then, it gets to the point in the wedding where they say, ‘If anyone knows of any reason why these two should not be married, speak now,’ and all I’m thinking in my head is they could go, ‘Speak now or forever hold your peace,’ and I’m gonna go [fake sneezes].”
In the end, thankfully, Corden was able to suppress his allergies to a subtle, polite sneeze, though his wife still looked over at him from time to time, concerned. “And Julie, my wife, was looking at me like, ‘What are you doing with your face?’” he said. “And I’m like, ‘I can’t even talk, my eyes are running…’ And then you just hope that that moment isn’t on television. That was my experience of being at the wedding.”
The couple made it through the day and even to Harry and Meghan’s evening reception at Frogmore House. “In the evening, there was a smaller, sort of, it was like 185 people I think, like a smaller dinner, close friends and family,” he also told People of the event. “And Harry asked if I would do like a performance of some kind. And so I did it, yeah. It wasn’t really dressed as Henry VIII, it was just dressed in a kind of Tudor outfit. But I guess I look a bit like Henry VIII, so that’s probably why.”
Wedding planner Mark Niemierko, who has orchestrated many a celebrity nuptial (including Corden’s!), previously told The Knot that engaged couples looking to make their wedding a royal affair can do so in a few easy ways.
“Firstly, have your aisle carpeted with a red runner, instant regal arrival ensured,” he says. “Only have children as bridesmaids and page boys. [And] perhaps opt for a tiara, although I am against anyone who isn’t an actual royal wearing a tiara.”
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