Royal Wedding 2018 Date: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Getting Married in One Week

The high-profile royal wedding between Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will take place in one week, on Saturday, May 19, at noon at the St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle.

While great anticipation has surrounded the unlikely union between the royal family’s former wild child and Markle, who has an African-American mother and white father and is divorced, Harry’s father Prince Charles last Wednesday said, “it’s absolutely marvelous.”

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“It’s going to be a very special day for everybody,” Prince Charles said while in France.

Markle, 36, is scheduled to arrive at the chapel of the castle, which is the queen’s home, with her mother Doria Ragland, who works as a clinical therapist. Her father, Thomas Markle, who worked as a television lighting director, will walk her down the aisle. Meghan Markle’s half-siblings who were not invited to the royal wedding have criticized her. She will not have bridesmaids because she could not choose between her friends, the Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Harry's brother, the Duke of Cambridge, will be his best man. Harry, 33, is the second most popular member of the royal family, according to a poll last week in which 71 percent said they had a favorable view of him.

But another poll conducted this week showed that more than half the country does not plan to watch the couple wed, according to Reuters.

Graham Smith, the chief executive of the anti-monarchist campaign group Republic, told the news outlet that the wedding is “not my idea of a fairy tale.”

“The idea that someone’s aspiration should be to marry into someone else’s wealth and status, the idea that Meghan Markle wasn’t already successful in her own right,” Smith said, “I don’t think that’s ok.”

Wedding invitations were extended to 600 people. The guest list did not include Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump or his predecessor Barack Obama.