AS THE world gears up to celebrate the highly-anticipated British royal wedding, Southern African key figures will join the A-listers who have scored themselves an invite to Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle’s big day at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday.
A close friend of Prince Harry and co-founder of their Sentebale charity organisation, Lesotho’s prince Seeiso, has confirmed his attendance.
The 51 year old, reportedly the first confirmed guest outside of the couple’s immediate families, said he believed that Markle shared Prince Harry’s passion for charity,
saying he’d “met his match”.
Back home, king Goodwill Zwelithini has indicated, contrary to many people’s expectations, that he will not be attending the royal wedding.
Speaking to Afro Voice, his spokesperson prince Thulani Zulu said:
“There have been many royal weddings before but never have we been asked if the king is attending, what is special about this one?” Zulu said.
“In any case, the king will not attend because it is royal protocol that he does not attend
funerals and weddings, if you remember he did not even attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral,” he said.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for Prince Harry’s affiliated Port Elizabethbased Wilderness Foundation Africa, Cheryl Reynolds said that no one from the organisation had been invited to the royal wedding.
She also rubbished earlier local media reports that the foundation was among the charities
set to benefit directly from the wedding.
“No, we are not the direct beneficiaries but the Wilderness Foundation UK, a sister to our foundation is one of the chosen charities that will receive donations from the wedding,” she said.
As for those whose wedding invitations that “got lost in the mail” like Rihanna and Barack Obama, they will be forced to settle for a series of the Royal Wedding Watching Parties taking place in various parts of the country.
One such organiser is British royal local fan Allison MacDonald, who said:
“This is to us what big soccer matches are for men. We will gather in Johannesburg
at a friend’s place and watch the story of the two lovebirds live, as it unfolds and celebrate along with them.”
“We are all ecstatic to see this young man marrying such a beautiful woman who is neither English nor white, breaking all stereotypes and expectations on what a royal wedding and couple is,” she said.