Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Opening Up Their Guest List, Kensington Palace Says

Prince Harry and Meghan MarklePrince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Booking our flights now. Kensington Palace announced Friday, March 2, that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are opening up their guest list on their wedding day to more than 2,500 people. (How’s that for their guest list manager?)

“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom,” the Palace confirmed in its statement, “and their wedding guests, at the chapel and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.”

The latest update from the Palace noted that the couple wanted the nuptials, arguably the biggest since Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 2011 wedding, to reflect themselves. “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their Wedding Day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too,” the statement read. “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.”

There is, however, a list of prerequisites in order to qualify as a chosen guest.

—1,200 will be selected “of the public from every corner of the United Kingdom. The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.” This means these guests will be have be nominated by the Queen’s representatives.

—530 guests must be members of the “the Royal Households and Crown Estate.”

—200 will represent “a range of charities and organizations which Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have a close association with.”

—100 guests will be students from schools near and dear to the local area, including The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St. George’s School, Windsor Castle.

—610 guests will be Windsor Castle community members.

Bringing the total number of additional spectators to 2,640. The Royal Wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor at noon local time on May 19. A carriage procession will follow the ceremony.

Watch the video above to learn more about their November 2017 engagement.

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