But is it any surprise that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might do things differently? Their royal romance has been refreshingly modern, after all. Although Meghan fits perfectly well into the royal family, she’s bent the rules every now and again to show that she’s her own woman. The former actress even wore – gasp! – a sheer dress in her engagement photos with Harry.
And the couple aren’t planning the ceremony entirely in accordance with royal protocol, either. Meghan opted to have a maid of honor instead of the traditional chief bridesmaid, for example. And the wedding cake, instead of being the fruitcake that generations of royals before them have chosen, is set to be a lemon and elderflower concoction. Moreover, there are even rumors that Meghan might ask her mother to walk her down the aisle rather than her father.
Perhaps the royal couple even hope to start some new traditions. And with their choice regarding wedding gifts, they just might do so. Rather than accepting presents for themselves, Meghan and Harry have requested that guests donate money to charity instead. They’ve also selected seven organizations that people can give to.