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Meghan Markle's Wedding Invites Are Different from Kate Middleton's in a Very Specific Way

One of the major changes has to do with Meghan Markle's divorce.
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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding invitations were shared publicly this morning on the Kensington Palace Twitter account, we couldn't help but notice that the cards are slightly different from Will and Kate's invites back in 2011.


As was expected, the general aesthetic of the two pieces of stationery is quite similar, and very formal. They both feature dark, scripted writing and gilded edges, but when you look a little closer, Meghan and Harry's invites feature a few unique elements.

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WHO ISSUED THE INVITATIONS?

First of all, the cards shared today were issued by Prince Charles rather than the Queen, and feature the three-feathered badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold.

However, this shouldn't be seen as a slight from the groom's grandmother. She will be hosting a lunchtime reception for the happy couple and 600 guests following the reception.


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PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE'S WEDDING INVITE DEALS WITH MARKLE'S PREVIOUS MARRIAGE.

Additionally, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's card includes some language that references the bride-to-be's previous marriage.

While Will and Kate's invite reads, "the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton." Markle and Harry's reads "with Ms. Meghan Markle."

That Ms. indicates that Markle has been previously married.

"For a first marriage, the bride would traditionally be addressed on the invitation as “Miss….” In the case of a second marriage, this would be replaced by “Mrs.” or “Ms.,” Ruth Baxter, the bespoke stationery manager for Smythson, a heritage British brand that currently holds three royal warrants, told Town & Country earlier this year.

THE ROYAL FAMILY IS GETTING TECH-SAVVY WITH THE RSVPS.

Additionally, the new invitation shows just how tech-savvy the Royal family is becoming, by requesting RSVPs via email. While this portion of the invitation was blurred out on the Kensington Palace Twitter account, Emily Andrews, royal reporter for The Sun shared another photo of the stationery where could clearly see that a reply is requested to either the Lord Chamberlain's office or [email protected]

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On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's invitation, it simply lists that a reply is requested to the address of the State Invitations Secretary within Lord Chamberlain's office.

THE DRESS CODE.

The dress codes between the two invitations differ slightly. On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's, guests were asked to wear Uniform, Morning Coat, or Lounge Suit. On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's invite, a women's dress code was also shared, perhaps to help out the bride's non-British guests. They indicated that women should wear, saying "Day Dress with Hat."

THE INK.

In a sweet nod to Meghan Markle's American heritage, her wedding invitations were printed with ink from America on an English card. "Using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge," reads a tweet from the palace, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

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While we don't know the origin of the ink used on Prince William and Kate Middleton's invitations, this seems like a special touch, just for Meghan and Harry.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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