Meghan Markle Will Not Have a Maid of Honor at the Royal Wedding for a Good Reason

jessica mulroney meghan markleJessica Mulroney and actress Meghan Markle attend the World Vision event held at Lumas Gallery on March 22, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

The speculation is over. After Prince Harry announced his brother, Prince William, will be his best man come May 19 for the royal wedding, the palace revealed Friday, May 4, that Meghan Markle is opting to go without a maid of honor during the most highly-anticipated society event of the year.

It was long speculated that Markle would select a maid of honor from her network of close girlfriends, some from her pre-actress years and others, incredibly famous after her starring role in Suits. However, the former actress opted instead to maintain British royal tradition in this particular arena.

“She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another,” a palace spokesman said Friday. “All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have their support.”

Instead, Markle will move forward with the traditional group of mini wedding party members comprised of a mix of page boys and bridesmaids. It has long been speculated that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join the crew of mini attendants. This will be George’s return to the role after he stepped in as a page boy in his aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding last May.

However, the full bridal party information will be confirmed by officials in the days leading up to the wedding itself.

So there we have it: Markle will have the support of her adult girlfriends in a different, unofficial capacity. The future royal’s inner circle includes staunch Markle defender Priyanka Chopra, as well as her college best friend Lindsay Roth. Tennis champion Serena Williams is also a pal, as well as stylist Jessica Mulroney, who helped facilitate the intro to Harry in the first place.

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Esther Lee
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