Like the good Millennials they are, Prince Harry and his lifestyle influencer-turned-princess bride-elect Meghan Markle are planning a wedding reception fit for Instagram. Don't be thinking unicorn cakes or rainbow bagels, however. Oh no, this will be a lifestyle brand wedding like no other before.
It's quite ironic though, namely because it's probably pretty unlikely that anyone on Instagram - or any other social media channel - will witness it. As it stands, details about the royal wedding - coming to a TV near you on May 19 - are hard to come by, and glimpses inside the reception itself will be even scarcer. A single reporter will be allowed into St. George’s Chapel for the actual wedding, and presumably none for the private reception lunch and dinner later.
This hasn't stopped rumours from filling the presses with insider leaks, particularly about the food. Based on official pronouncements and insider intel, here's what the guests will be eating at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.
According to an “exclusive reveal” by the publication, The Express, Meghan and Harry’s reception will end with late-night snacks, including “ice cream vans” at 2 am. Shockingly, this isn't a ludicrous jab whipped up by Millennial-hating alt right internet bots. The theory lies within truth and previous royal occasions.
These wouldn’t even be the first royal wedding food trucks: Prince Harry apparently convinced his brother to have them at his own wedding in 2011. “Prince Harry was said to have insisted that bacon and sausage sandwiches were available later in the night,” reported the Telegraph. “An ice cream van was also said to have been hired to provide an alternative dessert.” How... trendy. I wonder if they'll be using milk alternatives?
In addition to trendy food trucks, centuries-old fruitcake is out, and elderflower and fresh flowers are in. The royal duo have eschewed the classic British wedding fruitcake, as served by Harry’s parents and aunts and uncles before him, for something (again) more on trend and way more appetizing in my opinion.
It will be a lemon elderflower cake with “the bright flavors of spring,” according to a surprisingly detailed Twitter thread from Kensington Palace, “covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.” The cake will be made by Claire Ptak.
Meghan’s love for healthy California cuisine is well known, first from her lifestyle site, the Tig, her stint as a Chopped Junior judge, and now from the press. “Harry cut out junk food after he met Meghan, who loves to eat ‘lean, clean, and green’ foods,” writes Katie Nicholl for Vanity Fair. He’s “suddenly got super healthy,” according to a friend, and now starts the day with a “vitamin-infused green smoothie”. Meghan has said she likes blending “apple, kale, spinach, lemon and ginger in my Vitamix in the morning,” so you get the idea.
So, what else might pop up on the menu? In one (extremely in-depth) article, written by the actor herself, she runs through her favorite foods (hummus! kale chips! quinoa!) and basically doubles as a list for restaurants attempting to thirst-trap Millennial diners. Basically, expect kale and other virtuous greens (microgreens? Ramps??) on next week’s wedding menu. Get ready for the hashtags.