At this point, it's hard to avoid seeing or hearing about the wedding of the year. At least 1.2 million people watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange wedding vows as it streamed on the British royal family's YouTube channel (yes, they have one), and that's just one online platform. People all over the world were watching it live on Facebook and television because, as royal fans know, the royal family knows how to put on a show.
But while it was a wedding of fairy tale dreams — meant to evoke feelings of awe and romance (now did you see that lip bite everyone is talking about?) — there was a lot of lovely moments that showed family is everything.
There is no question of Doria Ragland's position in her daughter's life (number one, duh). Even before her father, Thomas Markle, Sr., said he couldn't come to the wedding, Meghan wanted to give her a prominent role. She decided to buck tradition by making her mom ride in the car with her.
And the night before the wedding, Meghan made sure she spent it with her mother.
2. Everyone in the world fell in love with Doria.
The post above by Lisa Cole says it all. "Can we just take a moment to honor this beautiful, strong woman (Meghan Markle’s Mother, Doria Ragland) who sat alone, wistfully alone, a million miles from home — in a situation so foreign to her own life — with grace, dignity, poise, honor and deep love for the child she raised? THAT is royalty. Let’s hear it for all the strong mamas of the world!"
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Doria trying not to get emotional at a wedding is every mom who sees her daughter getting married.
It was hard to not think about Meghan's father as Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle. But the second thought that quickly followed was how sweet it was of Prince Charles to do this for Meghan.
But our fan status was cemented when Prince Charles made this touching gesture during the moment he and Doria accompanied their children to sign the registrars. Prince Charles offered his hand to Doria who was getting down the pew. She grabbed his hand like they were already old friends, a sign of how welcomed she felt by Prince Harry's family.
And after the ceremony, Doria and Prince Charles left St. George's chapel side by side and even linked arms outside.
4. Prince Charles and Princess Diana would have been teary-eyed at this moment.
If Princess Diana were alive today, acrimonious divorce or not, she and Prince Charles would be swelling with pride at how well their sons have grown up.
5. The proud look Prince William gave his brother as Meghan joined Harry at the altar.
Of course, he also had to quickly look away because a smitten Prince Harry couldn't take his eyes off his wife, telling her "You look amazing." These two have always been tight, and their parents will be relieved (and proud) to know that brotherly love will carry them through anything. (You can also be sure they will tease each other mercilessly. According to Town & Country Philippines, Prince William had his "revenge" with his best man speech, which was described as "naughty.")
The only reading that happened at the wedding was given by Princess Diana's sister, Lady Jane Fellowes. Also spotted as guests were Princess Diana's brother, the Earl of Spencer and his wife and his children.
7. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex showed that "family" isn't just about who is related to you by blood.
Among their bridesmaids and page boys, only two — Prince George and Princess Charlotte — are blood relations. But it's evident to the couple, the other children and their parents are an extension of family.
The twins who held Meghan's train, Brian and John, were the sons of Meghan's best friend, fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney. The twins' sister, Ivy, was also one of the bridesmaids.
Remi Litt and her sister Rylan are Meghan’s goddaughters whose parents are good friends of Meghan from Los Angeles, California. Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren are goddaughters of Prince Harry. Jasper Dyer is the son of Harry’s mentor Mark Dyer and his wife Amanda.
(And how lovely is this: the girls shoes were monogramed with their initials and the wedding date, a gift from Meghan, so the young ladies can always remember the special day.)
By the way, Prince Harry and Meghan invited 1,200 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to celebrate the historic day, "nominated by the couple for their community service and strong leadership" and many of whom work in the charity organizations the couple support.