LONDON (AFP) – Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan began married life on Sunday after their spectacular, rule-breaking wedding, but will be delaying a honeymoon as they turn immediately to royal duties.
The newly ennobled Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in Saturday’s ceremony at Windsor Castle, where they were greeted by around 100,000 people lining the streets and watched by millions around the world.
The couple laughed and smiled as they drove a vintage Jaguar to their evening party hosted by Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles, where actor Idris Elba reportedly took a turn as DJ.
Hollywood actor George Clooney and tennis star Serena Williams also attended the black-tie do for around 200 close family and friends, in a house in the grounds of the castle.
After stunning the crowds with a sweeping Givenchy gown during the ceremony, Ms Meghan changed into a sleek Stella McCartney halter neck dress for the evening affair.
On her finger was a large aquamarine ring, which belonged to Prince Harry’s late mother, Diana.
The couple will not be taking a honeymoon immediately, as they are due to attend a charity garden party for Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, at Buckingham Palace today.
Ms Meghan and Prince Charles have reportedly forged a strong bond, and he stepped in to escort her to the altar at the wedding after her own father pulled out following a media furor and subsequent heart surgery.
The wedding was like no other the royal family has ever staged, a mix of the pageantry that Britain does so well, and celebrity razzmatazz and African-American culture.
Ms Meghan, a mixed-race television actress, also made her mark by walking up the aisle partly on her own, and giving a speech at the evening reception.
The royal couple was due to return to their home at Kensington Palace in London after staying overnight in Windsor, a residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
The new duchess previously expressed a desire to “hit the ground running” with her royal duties.
As a member of the monarchy, Ms Meghan now has her own section of the royal.uk website, which highlights all her charity works – and plays down her acting career.
The section “About the Duchess of Sussex” notes her activism from an early age, as well as her work with UN Women, One Young World and World Vision, with only a passing reference to “filming in Toronto”. Ms Meghan was a star of the American TV series Suits.