Meghan Markle and Prince Harry share one of the most special moments of their royal wedding day

By Monique Jessen
October 26, 2018 03:02 PM
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When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry two years ago on May 19, 2018, she did so to a special piece of music chosen by the groom himself.

“[It] was actually Harry’s choice entirely and I think a really beautiful piece,” Meghan revealed in a personal recording for a special exhibition at Windsor Castle in the fall of 2018. “I can retrace that entire walk down the aisle listening to it. It really is so special for us and I think it’s one of those things we’ll treasure forever.”

The song was George Frideric Handel’s “Eternal Source of Light Divine” and it was performed on the day by Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas (listen here).

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“I was looking for something completely different,” reveals Harry in the same series of recordings. “I ended up stumbling across this piece of music, something that epitomizes the whole day, the whole feeling that I have for her, and this incredibly impactful music with no organ whatsoever, with a soloist who actually did the most incredible job.”

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Accompanied by musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia, Meghan walked the first half of the aisle on her own, before Prince Charles took her arm and walked the bride to the front of the chapel, where his son was waiting.

“Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, we can close our eyes, listen to that music and take ourselves straight back to that moment, it’s a beautiful thing for both of us,” says Harry.

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The exhibit, “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” opened at Windsor Castle in October 2018, allowing the public to see the couple’s wedding outfits for the first time since their nuptials. In a royal first, the couple personally talk the visitors through various stages of their wedding planning on the exhibition’s audio multimedia guides.

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Curator Caroline de Guitaut said the exhibition has been just as hugely personal to Harry and Meghan as their wedding.

“They made it very personal to them while at the same time acknowledging that it was going to a huge day and it some ways that made it more intimate for them,” she said.

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Meghan and Harry have since moved to Los Angeles with their 1-year-old son Archie, but they still maintain their Frogmore Cottage residence in Windsor following their official exit from royal life.