On the morning of his wedding to Meghan Markle in October 2018, Prince Harry tried to carry out a very kind gesture, but it didn’t go as planned.
The Duchess of Sussex was photographed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle wearing her Givenchy wedding dress with a bateau neckline, accessorized with a small bouquet of white flowers and her borrowed diamond tiara. Thanks to a “really meaningful” gesture from her husband that he had planned months in advance at their home, Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, she had intended to have a more impressive selection of flowers, but it was “ruined.”
In the audio for the 2018 Windsor Castle exhibit ‘A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,’ Meghan said, “We have a very small garden here that we had been planting things for and what was really special, I think, was that the morning of the wedding Harry went in and he picked some flowers to go into my bouquet, which was really beautiful and something that makes it sentimental and really meaningful.”
“I believe it snowed at Easter, which is why we didn’t have as many flowers as we had hoped for in our small garden. That kind of ruined the whole thing!” Harry went on to say that he had succeeded in paying tribute to his late mother, Princess Diana, through their selection of flowers.
They resemble a bouquet of wild flowers, wild flower meadows, and we made sure to include forget-me-nots because they were my mother’s favorite flower.
It’s wonderful that the bouquet ended up at Westminster Abbey the next day on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier because, as he said, “it was very traditional rather than throwing it over your head. I think it was the perfect place for it to be laid to rest.”
The floral installations at St. George’s Chapel and the centerpieces at their reception were all provided by Philippa Craddock, a florist, for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Later, Philippa praised Harry and Meghan for being “gorgeously thoughtful throughout” and revealed how much work went into the final product.
“My favorite designs were the five internal archways. In order to bring the outside in and reflect the surrounding parkland, the inspiration for the design was drawn from the architectural detail and vaulted ceilings, according to Philippa.The archways were enormous, so in order to make sure they were completely secure without harming the lovely stonework below, we used scaffolding and designed a complex under structure.