With the royal wedding just 24 hours away, poor Meghan Markle has had more than her fair share of big day drama. First her dad pulled out of walking down the aisle amid a faked photo scandal, then her estranged half-sister started bad-mouthing her to the press (again).
But Ms Markle can take heart in the knowledge that actually, no royal wedding has been without its (fairly major) mishaps. Here’s just a sample.
1/ Princess Diana spilt perfume all over her wedding dress
Just before she was due to walk down the aisle, Princess Diana went to dab her exclusive fragrance – Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris – on her wrists. But according to her makeup artist, she accidentally “tipped the bottle” and spilt it right down the front of her wedding dress. Luckily, she covered the stain with her hands.
2/ And then she got Prince Charles’ name wrong
Possibly flustered after the perfume debacle, Princess Diana got her groom’s name wrong in front of a full Westminster Abbey. She reportedly called him ‘Philip Charles Arthur George’ instead of ‘Charles Philip Arthur George.’ Awks.
3/ Kate Middleton’s wedding ring didn’t fit
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said their vows, Prince William couldn’t get his bride’s wedding band past her knuckle. The Independent reports that Kate Middleton had requested the ring be resized due to the pre-wedding weight she’d lost, but didn’t double-check the new size before the ceremony.
4/ Queen Elizabeth II’s tiara broke
Just two hours before her wedding, Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond tiara – her ‘something borrowed’ – snapped in half. Despite the Queen Mother reassuring her that “we have two hours and there are other tiaras,” according to The Telegraph, the bride-to-be insisted on wearing the one that had broken. Cue the royal jeweller being escorted urgently to the palace with police escort, welding the broken pieces back together. Crisis averted.
5/ Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones’ best man was banned
Before Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, the groom’s best man, Jeremy Fry, was forced to step down from his role. He and his wife, Camilla, were Armstrong-Jones’ closest friends, the Daily Mail reports, but once news got out that he had been arrested in 1952 for a ‘minor homosexual offense’, he was no longer deemed suitable. It was another 15 years before homosexuality was legalised in Great Britain.