Meghan admits she ‘planned wedding’ years before marrying Harry

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The Duchess of Sussex discussed the stigma surrounding being single in her latest episode of ‘Archetypes’ — her chart-topping podcast on Spotify. Sitting down with writer and comedian Mindy Kaling, Meghan Markle gave insight into her own ideas of relationships and how they have changed over the years. While Mindy, an unmarried woman who decided to start a family on her own, opened up about the joys and challenges that come with being a single mother with a successful career. 

Both women talked candidly about their childhoods and upbringings, bonding over a shared love for Archie Comics and not always fitting in at school.

Meghan, who married Prince Harry in a spectacular royal wedding in 2018, revealed she was “the smart one, not the pretty one” during her school years, and questioned whether she would ever “get the guy”. 

She also recalled planning her dream wedding, decades before her actual wedding to the much-loved English prince. 

The Duchess said: “When I was 14, I planned my wedding. Not my actual wedding. That would have been a bit harder to imagine. 

“This wedding was an assignment for my Religion 2 class in Catholic school.

“I remember every little thing about it. I wanted it to be at The Bel-Air Hotel. And there was a swan lake, and I wanted the cake to be from Hansen’s Bakery. 

“And the dress — oh my goodness, the dress was strapless and poofy and I’d seen it in a bridal magazine … and, and I bought it, not the dress — I bought the bridal magazine because I took this project seriously.”

Meghan attended Immaculate Heart High School — a Catholic private girls’ school in Los Angeles, California. 

She recalled feeling “alone” during her school years and throwing herself into extracurricular activities to keep busy. 

Describing herself as a “loner”, Meghan often spent lunchtime in meetings and would join her father, Thomas Markle, at work after the school day finished. 

She explained it was “so I didn’t have to worry about who I would sit with or what I would do because I was always so busy.”

Mindy admitted to feeling “emotional” after hearing Meghan’s revelation, relating her own experience as a teenager to the royal’s. 

She said: “That makes me very emotional. And I’m happy that people know that because I think people see you and they’re like, oh, my gosh, like the wedding, the couture fittings for that and this and that. 

“And I certainly didn’t know that about you. And it’s nice to know.”

Meghan married Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018. 

Around 600 guests were invited to the ceremony and it drew an estimated television audience of 1.9 billion. 

Unlike 14-year-old Meghan’s dream wedding, which would have seen the former Hollywood actress get married at The Bel-Air Hotel — a luxury wedding venue on a 12-acre estate in an upscale residential LA neighbourhood, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed in a late-medieval chapel, which sits in the shadow of Windsor Castle. 

Their cake — lemon and elderflower flavoured — was made by London-based baker Claire Ptak, going against the traditional royal practice of serving a fruit cake at weddings. 

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Ms Ptak is originally from California and her bakery, Violet Cakes, is famous for cupcakes with seasonal buttercreams. 

The Sussexes’ choice of baker perhaps harks back to the Duchess’ teenage plans for her future wedding, with Hansen’s Bakery (now Hansen’s Cakes), which is known to be a favourite among the Kardashian-Jenner family, self-describing as the “go-to bakery for all occasions” and publishing plenty of pictures of buttercream-covered cakes and cupcakes. 

In the 27 years since Meghan devised her dream wedding plan, it seems her taste in fashion has changed immensely. 

While at the age of 14, she hoped for a “strapless and poofy” gown, at 36, she opted for a simple, silk dress with three-quarter-length sleeves, an open boat neckline and a train.

Later on her wedding day, she changed into her second dress — a white high, halter neck style gown which was completely sleeveless. 

Perhaps an explanation for Meghan’s choice of dress is the rules surrounding royal bride’s fashion choices. 

Royal weddings are ceremonies built on centuries of tradition and often take place in churches. 

For this reason, brides tend to choose conservative necklines and stay away from revealing silhouettes. 

Similarly, strapless and sleeveless dresses are rare, with most royal women opting for dresses with sleeves for modesty.

Notably, Meghan changed into her sleeveless dress after the ceremony at St George’s Chapel.

The Duchess’ latest podcast episode comes as she and Harry are in Germany to mark the one-year countdown until the Invictus Games, which is heading to the city.  

The couple were met by crowds of well-wishers as they touched down for their short visit to Dusseldorf.

Meghan wore a cream, halter-neck, knitted vest by LA-based designer Anine Bing, which she paired with beige, wide-legged, belted trousers. 

Their outing comes the day after they made their first public appearance in the UK since returning for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Meghan gave the keynote address in Manchester for the One Young World summit, during which she told the 2,000 delegates how her life had changed since she last joined the summit in London in 2019, noting her role as a wife and a mother, but making no mention of becoming a senior royal the year before. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to return to the UK for the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday where Harry is expected to deliver a speech. 

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