There was much talk yesterday about WHY Meghan Markle decided not to make an appearance at the church service for Pippa Middleton’s big day.
And now we have the answer.
According to reports, the US actress and boyfriend Prince Harry had previously made a decision to make a low key appearance to ensure the focus of the day was not on them.
They understood that the press would have a field day if they saw Meghan with Harry and didn’t want to upstage the blushing bride.
Meghan didn’t attend the service at St Mark’s.
Instead she was back in London at Kensington Palace waiting for Harry to come back after the ceremony and whisk her back to the second reception at the Middleton home.
“[Harry] knew this was all about Pippa’s big day and he and Meghan jointly decided they didn’t want to upstage her,” a royal snitch told The Sun.
“Harry went all the way back to London to get Meghan and bring her to the party.
“He was determined not to upstage Pippa but also really wanted them to enjoy the wedding together. He didn’t want Meghan having to arrive alone, without him alongside her, at the reception.”
Meanwhile details have emerged about the wedding day itself.
The party was thought to have cost around £700 000 and no expense was spared to ensure that the guests had a tip top day.
Revellers nibbled at £40,000 Russian caviar, sipped magnums of champers and some even enjoyed a game of ping-pong with seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.
Designer Giles Deacon was paid £40,000 to design two dresses for Pippa, which she teamed with £2,000 heels by Manolo Blahnik.
While the marquee where the reception took place cost £100 000, the church service itself was a mere £500. What a snip!
The 320 guests tucked into a tasty five-course wedding breakfast which included haggis with Scottish lamb and whisky and was prepared by thirty chefs and organised by caterers Table Talk, Pippa’s former employer.
Later in the evening, peckish guests gobbled canapes, that included mini haggis, foie gras, langoustine, steak and king prawns.
In spite of the dosh laid out for the massive event, there was one thing that was free – the Spitfire flypast by the Boultbee Flight Academy,which they donated for nowt!