Could Meghan Markle Give Her Own Toast at Her Wedding Reception?
While the rest of us Americans watch a California-born Meghan Markle marry into the royal family from the comfort of our couches, Megyn Kelly is on the scene at Windsor, England, experiencing the wedding madness firsthand. For the TODAY Show host, the most exciting part is the dynamic between British and American fans.
“You know when you and your best friend really want your son and daughter to get married? And you’re really hoping for a union that will keep us bound together forever? Well, that’s happening between America and England right now,” Kelly tells BAZAAR.com from the UK. “It feels like a connection with England in a way that’s got people on the streets literally dancing.”
Ahead of the big ceremony on Saturday morning, the anchor gives BAZAAR.com insight on what’s going on across the pond. Catch Kelly, Kathie Lee Gifford, and co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on TODAY at the Royal Wedding on NBC tomorrow morning at 4:30 AM EST/1:30 AM PST.
What do you make of the news that Prince Charles will be walking Meghan down the aisle?
“I think it’s sweet. In a way, he might be like a stand-in for her own dad. Look, my dad died when I was a kid, so I feel like the privilege of being able to share that moment with your dad would be so special, so I’m sure it was very painful for her when her own dad couldn’t make it. And I understand the need for a stand-in, if you will.
“However, if I could have my choice, I would just think it would have been such a powerful moment to see her mom do it. It bucks tradition. Her mom is the one who raised her, with whom she has such a close connection. I just think the spectacular sight of a woman, an African-American woman, walking her mixed-race daughter down the British aisle would be unbelievably grand. I mean, I just think it would so impactful. But the whole thing’s going to be impactful anyway, so good on her.”
I actually saw that there might be a chance that she walks part of the aisle alone as a feminist statement.
“Yes, that would have been great. But I also think it’s not non-feminist to have someone walk you down the aisle. It’s one of the biggest moments of your life. I’ve been sort of shuddering when people object to the discussion of someone giving her away, whether it’s her dad or Prince Charles.
“There’s some people online saying, ‘No one should give her away. This is 2018.’ Some things are about love and tradition and a shared life and the promise of tomorrow and who you want to be in that tomorrow. And not everything has to be seen through a paternalistic lens.
“I think it’s a lovely tradition. I wish I could have done it. When I got married, I wish my dad had been around to do it for me. But I think Prince Charles is a great choice. I would have loved to have seen the mom do it even more.”
Who do you think she’ll wear for her wedding dress?
“Oh, I couldn’t care less. Honestly, I am the girl who, at the red carpet, if the photographers ask me who I’m wearing, I go up to the photographer and make them look at my label, and they can tell me.
“I think I’m looking forward to just seeing the style, because I think it’ll be dominating all the weddings to come for the next three or four years. But just knowing what I know so far about Meghan, I’m sure it’ll be chic.
“And given that it’s Windsor Castle, what I read is that’s one of the more traditional places, and it’s one of the more buttoned-up as well. So I think if she is taking any advice from the Royal Family, I think she’s going to be rather covered up.”
What do you think of Meghan’s her family speaking out about her in the media in recent weeks?
“I’ve had about enough of the half-sister and half-brother who are clearly getting paid by the tabloids to say nasty things about Meghan and who don’t seem to know her at all. They’ve provided such a sideshow in this whole event that’s been interesting but irritating. I feel like we, the media, should probably start ignoring them, like, yesterday.”
Finally, are there any rumors or rumblings you’ve heard there in Windsor? Any surprises we would expect for the big day?
“There have been some suggestions that Meghan’s going to be giving one of the toasts at her own reception. That would be a break from British tradition, but also pretty awesome because a lot of American brides do that. That’s pretty empowering. I think Diana was a strong role model for Harry that it’d be nice to see Meghan do something strong and outside of the norm at this wedding or reception.”
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