On Thursday the world got its first glimpse at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding invitations. The simple yet elegant cream and gold design is certainly in keeping with other royal wedding invitations. However, upon closer inspection, there are more than a few key differences between Harry and Meghan’s invites and those of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Charles, not the Queen, issued the invites:
For William and Kate’s wedding, guests weren’t just requested to attend. Instead, they were “commanded” by Queen Elizabeth.
For Harry and Meghan, Prince Charles, father of the groom, requested the “pleasure” of guests' company on the couple’s big day. But, as Town & Country noted, this shouldn’t be seen as a slight. Instead of hosting the entire wedding, the Queen is simply hosting an intimate luncheon for 600 people in honor of her second grandson and his new bride.
The invitations allude to Meghan’s previous marriage:
In Kate and William’s invitations, Kate is referred to as “Miss Catherine Middleton." However, on the new royal wedding invites, Meghan is referred to as “Ms. Meghan Markle," which indicates she has been married before.
The cooler, younger royals want RSVPs via e-mail:
When William and Kate wed they requested RSVPs be sent by mail to Lord Chamberlain's office. However, being the hipper, cooler royal, Harry instead asked his guests to reply via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meghan and Harry’s invites come with an American touch:
According to the Telegraph, Harry and Meghan’s invites were made by Lottie Small, who just recently completed her apprenticeship. In the process of making their invitations, Small used British paper with American ink to honor both the bride and the groom.
"The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will be a truly special occasion and we are thrilled to be able to create equally special invitations for their guests,” Austen Kopley, managing director of the firm, told the Telegraph.
"We are incredibly honoured to continue our longstanding work for The Royal Family, and to be involved in such an important moment for the couple and their family and friends."