The Vast Difference Between The Weddings Of Prince William And Prince Harry


Princes William and Harry are very different to what they used to be. As the younger and now ‘former’ royal has said they’re on separate paths now and their weddings were just the tip of the iceberg as we break down the comparison…

Two princely brothers walk down the matrimonial aisle seven years apart. One to the love of his life whom he met at university and dated for almost a decade. The other weds an American actress after only a year of knowing her. She had no desire to remain a royal and quit after just 18 months, dragging her blue-bloodied husband and their son to her home country. While there might a load of similarities between their weddings, it is definitely worth pointing out the comparison between the two events.

Now, we need to caution that we are not taking a dig at anyone. We’ve said this before we’ll say it again; we’re only making an observation and a comparison. No jabs here, folks.

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One of the biggest things that is worth a comparison is who was in attendance of the ceremony itself. For William and Catherine, they will one day sit on the throne as King and Queen/Princess Consort. At the time, no one questioned the number of guests given the positions they will one day occupy.

From what we could find, about 2000 people attended William and Catherine’s wedding according to Harper’s Bazaar. While there were invitees who didn’t show up for various reasons.

Outside of friends and family, guests at the Cambridge wedding included the likes of Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish, David and a then-very pregnant Victoria Beckham, then-Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and then-British Prime Minster David Cameron. There were also foreign royals thrown onto the guest list.

Now, a lot of these guests, William and Catherine didn’t even know. They obviously knew the Beckhams, Elton, and Furnish but people like most of the foreign leaders? Not likely. It’s possible that they knew David Cameron and his wife, Samantha and perhaps Boris Johnson who had not yet become Prime Minister until years later.

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In order to create a comparison to William and Catherine’s wedding, we need to examine the nuptials of Harry and Meghan. Now, the couple’s courtship was nothing compared to the future King and Queen of England. After about a year together, the now-Duke of Sussex got down on bended knee and proposed. When and how he did so has been up for debate given what was mentioned in the biography, Finding Freedom.

Going over to the guest list itself, it mostly contained A-list celebrities. Most of whom didn’t even know the couple. We did a piece on this very topic a while back. it was surprising that Rihanna didn’t get an invite given Harry became close pals with her.

Given Meghan’s background as an actress, she knew people but how far did her stardom get? She only ever had bit roles in a couple of movies and Suits didn’t have the same star power as larger shows like Community or Ally McBeal.

The only person who kinda has a royal connection is George Clooney. He owns the company that Jack Brooksbank, the husband of Princess Eugenie works for. There was also something where Harry apparently knew Idris Elba. How, we’re not sure. Also, there were very few politicians included on the guest list.

The reason? Since Harry will likely never become king, there was no need to invite stuffy politicians, though Meghan might’ve gotten a kick out of that since she has own views on the subject.

Different Venues Mean Different Things Deserve A Comparison Check

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Another comparison we need to point out is the venues. Harry and Meghan married at Saint George’s Chapel which would later be the location where Princess Eugenie would also wed just months later. This venue is much smaller than Westminster Abbey where William and Catherine tied the knot.

Saint George’s Chapel holds not quite 1000 people. Westminster Abbey can admit about the 2000 occupants, perhaps a few more given the few people who were unable to attend.

The Brides Had Different Styles Of Wedding Dresses

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One comparison that cannot be denied is the different style of wedding dresses Meghan and Catherine had. Both duchesses are considered style icons and have their fans clamouring to buy whatever it is they are wearing at the time.

Meghan’s wedding dress was very simple with three quarter sleeves and a boat neck. Frankly, this is boring. Her veil had the flowers of California – the bride’s home state in the US – and the Commonwealth embroidered around the edge. She also wore the Queen Mary Bandeau tiara though it was not her first choice. The veil was unnecessary for a couple of reasons. The first being she’d been married before and the Queen allegedly believed it was unnecessary and two, it was way too long.

In all honestly, Meghan was trying too hard to be modern. She wanted to show that it was cool to have a simple wedding dress but the was a downside. She and Harry paid so much money for a wedding in order to show that they were popular like Catherine and William. However, this later proved to be their downfall as they kicked the homeless off the streets.

To complete our comparison, we had to mention the incredible Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress Catherine wore on her big day. Paired with the Cartier Halo Tiara and a veil that was the right length, the Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing on her wedding day.


When it comes to their styles, Meghan and Catherine are incredibly different. With their weddings, it was only a matter of time before some did a full breakdown. We just wanted to cover the fundamentals of these royal couples and their nupitals.

There is no wrong or right in this situation. The differences convey what type of people they are and how they choose to celebrate one of the biggest moments in their lives.

About Author

C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She now writes for FanSided and is loving it!

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