Meghan Markle’s key changes to royal wedding vows – a dated promise she didn’t want to make

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary, exchanged traditional royal vows on their big day – but the new Duchess of Sussex decided to make a few changes

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession up Castle Hill in front of Windsor Castle in Windsor
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wed in 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding was watched by almost two billion people around the world as the couple tied the knot in Windsor.

Delighted viewers were stunned by Meghan’s elegant gown, designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, which she paired with a glittering tiara on her head, borrowed from the Queen.

While many aspects of the wedding ceremony were fairly conventional, the couple broke with tradition to bring their own personal touch to their big day.

One such break from tradition was an American bishop’s invitation to speak at his wedding, with Reverend Michael Curry delivering a heartwarming speech to guests and onlookers.

Meghan decided to make an important omission from her wedding vows


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But the Duchess of Sussex says she broke with tradition when she exchanged her vows – following in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

While the couple, who are celebrating their wedding anniversary today, vowed to have and hold each other through sickness and health like most couples, the modern-day Meghan removed one promise from her vows – to obey.

The Duchess’ decision paralleled that of a young Princess Diana when she tied the knot with Prince Charles in 1981.

However, it seems her statement didn’t catch on as other royal brides left the vows as they were – including Sarah Ferguson.

But with new generations comes new traditions, and when Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, she also chose to drop the promise to “obey” her husband.

It was important for Harry and Meghan to promote equality at their wedding, and the couple also chose to refer to themselves as “husband and wife” rather than “husband and wife”.

Throughout the ceremony, they were referred to by their recognized names rather than the names on their birth certificates – Henry and Rachel.

At the wedding reception, the couple’s guests were treated to a lemon and elderflower cake – which differed from the classic fruit cake often served at a royal wedding.

And it’s not just Meghan who has decided to do things a little differently, as Harry has made some choices of his own.

The Duke of Sussex decided to wear a wedding ring permanently, breaking with the tradition of his grandfather Prince Philip, followed by his older brother Prince William.

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