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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Expanded Wedding Guest List by 2,600. Here's Why:

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Soon-to-be-wed royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have caused quite a stir in the past few months.

As soon as their engagement was announced, many people smitten with the royal family became internet sleuths and tracked down details of Harry’s wife-to-be.

Is she Canadian? Is she American? Is she hiding something in her past? Is she really the best choice for Harry? What about her dogs?

Now that the initial fevered questioning has died down, attention has turned to the impending nuptials.

As with any wedding in the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ensuring the event will be grand — but it will also be quite different than previous royal marriage ceremonies.

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Their engagement and eventual marriage will be the first of its sort in many ways. First of all, Markle is an American.

Additionally, it appears the famed duo are of the “the more the merrier” mindset, inviting a staggering 2,640 additional guests to the matrimonial celebration. Besides the expected attendees, the newly released guest count consists of members of the public.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom, and their wedding guests, at the chapel and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle,” stated the official press release.

That 2,640 is not just a random number or indiscriminately chosen individuals. All of this has been very carefully planned out.

Lord Lieutenants will be selecting the heftiest chunk. They will discern who is fit to attend: 1,200 of the best and brightest who have given their all to better their local communities.

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The Prince and Meghan will also do a bit of selecting, picking out 200 guests from charitable organizations with which they are closely affiliated.

And don’t forget the children — the next generation will also get to be part of the royal magic, presumably with the hopes of fostering loyalty and aspiration: 100 students from nearby schools will be invited to attend.

Obviously, there are also members of the estate and other royals, numbering at 530.

The lovebirds are also extending an invitation to community members of Windsor Castle and those who regularly attend the chapel where they will be married.

And that’s not all.

The thoughtful couple understands that far more than 2,640 people would be absolutely chuffed to partake in the special day, so they have advertised the carriage route they will take to the church.

They’re taking the long route so as many people as possible can watch and enjoy the festivities. It’s wonderful that Harry and Meghan want to include so many people in their special day, and the British people are sure to appreciate the gesture.

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