Meghan Markle is not a traditional addition to the British royal family in any way, so it’s no surprise that her wedding day won’t be any exception. The American actress, who is set to marry Prince Harry on May 19, will reportedly break yet another royal tradition and deliver a speech at her wedding.
In Britain, it’s traditional for the groom, the father of the bride, and the best man to give speeches at weddings – but not the bride, Business Insider reports.
According to the Times, Meghan plans to buck tradition yet again and speak on her big day.
“She wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them,” an unnamed source told the Times. “Harry thinks it’s a great idea.”
The speech will reportedly honor not only Harry, but the Queen and her family as well. Meghan’s father, on the other hand, is reportedly very private and declining the opportunity to speak at the reception. He will, however, reportedly walk Meghan down the aisle.
“I think it’s wonderful,” her father, Thomas Markle, said of their union earlier this month. “I’m very delighted. I think they’re [a] very good match. I’m very happy for them, Meghan and Harry. I love my daughter very much – Harry’s a gentleman.”
This is far from the first time Meghan has broken a royal tradition. In December, she spent the holidays with the royal family, an honor typically reserved for spouses. It’s clear that the royal family is happy to bend the rules for Meghan, who is going to be a wonderful and welcome addition to the family.