Royal Wedding Countdown: Meghan Markle's Friends Share Details About Her Life With Prince Harry
By Desiree Murphy Liz Calvario
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are knee-deep in preparations for their royal wedding!
In anticipation of their May 19 nuptials, ET will be breaking down everything you need to know -- from dress updates to celebrity guests to what their friends are saying and more -- in our new weekly royals column.
To kick things off, let's first start with an update on exactly how long we have to wait until Meghan and Harry say "I do" at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (which is rumored to be haunted?):
106 days -- but so much to do before then, especially because Meghan and Harry still have to make their scheduled appearances. They seem happy to stay busy, however. The lovebirds were all smiles while attending the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on Thursday, complementing each other in coordinating Suits(get it?), which we totally dig. Harry opted for a dark blue hue, while his fiancée donned a black two-piece by British designer Alexander McQueen.
Luckily, Meghan's stylist-turned-pal, Jessica Mulroney, traveled to London last month to help the bride-to-be with wedding planning. While in town, Jessica helped Markle say "yes" to a top-secret wedding dress! Well, the dress designer, that is. A source tells ET that Markle has already had her first fitting.
Plus, many fans of the 36-year-old actress are also curious about whether Meghan and Harry plan to spend the night before their wedding apart. According to ELLE UK, that's a royal custom they do plan to follow.
In more Meghan news, USA Network announced earlier this week the 36-year-old actress' co-star, Patrick J. Adams, would officially be leaving Suits at the end of the show's current seventh season. The news comes just two months after Meghan announced her own exit from the drama. Playing onscreen lovers Rachel Zane and Mike Ross, the two obviously became close pals on set, and Patrick had nothing but amazing things to say about Meghan while explaining their departure from the series.
"Meghan has this whole crazy part of her life that’s just beginning now," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "There was this natural sense that we both knew that the time had come for both of us. It went unspoken and we just enjoyed the hell out of the last few episodes that we got to shoot."
"We both knew that we wouldn't be coming back," he continued. "It made every one of our scenes that much more special. We had a great time."
Speaking of Suits, have you watched this show? Because we simply can't get enough of Meghan, we decided to re-watch the series from season one -- and binging our hearts out means we've already gotten to season three this week! Let's just say, it's pretty crazy watching our future royal take part in flirty, romantic scenes with Patrick (spoiler-filled examples in the video below). Please let us know your thoughts on Twitter @desireemurphy_ and @LizCalvario. More on this to come, pending your opinions.
This hilarious, extra shady Instagram account (which you should go follow now, because you gotta have some fun with the royal wedding) seems to have a lot of thoughts:
Fans have been trying to figure out which lucky ladies will stand by Meghan's side when she ties the knot. Many are speculating that her close friend, actress Priyanka Chopra, will serve as one of her bridesmaids, maybe even her maid of honor. But while speaking with Harper's Bazaar Arabia earlier this week, the Quanitco star played coy, teasing, "If you see me there, you'll know."
In other royal news, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, were busy enjoying their royal tour of Sweden and Norway. Their many engagements included visits to museums and architecture centers, where they learned how the two countries are exploring mental health and science and how they celebrate their culture.
Kate, who is pregnant with her third child, donned some of her best looks yet, straying away from classic maternity wear and opting for more modern selections. The Duchess braved the cold and bundled up in an array of stylish coats for her royal affairs, including a forest green Catherine Walker coatdress which she paired with a matching dress, a black fur hat by Peruvian Connection, leather gloves and boots.
Later that evening, she showed off her burgeoning baby bump in a yellow floral Erdem gown at a reception dinner at British Ambassador David Cairns' residence -- but it was her day two look that made us nostalgic! The brunette beauty channeled Princess Diana in a custom-made Catherine Walker red-and-white houndstooth coat. The ensemble embodied a houndstooth look that Princess Diana wore to an event at Sandringham in December 1990.
Her elegant ensembles continued that same night and the following day, as she and William -- with his newly-shaved head! -- arrived in Norway and were greeted by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway at Oslo Gardermoen Airport.
Though nothing compared to her best and most regal look of the week: A stunning pale pink caped Alexander McQueen gown with silver rhinestone applique on the shoulders that she wore for a dinner at Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's Royal Palace.
The Duke and Duchess were back in winter gear for their final day of the tour on Friday, all bundled up in Kjus ski jackets and matching beanies from Barts during a visit to Holmenkollen resort. Oh-so regal, even when channeling their inner snow bunnies!
As for the role the duchess will play in the royal wedding, that's still to be determined. Kate and Meghan haven't been publicly spotted together since Christmas, but the actress did express in her first interview how "wonderful" her future sister-in-law has been over the last few months. It appears, however, that Kate hasn't given Meghan any specific advice about joining the family just yet, but is ready to provide whatever support is needed.
"Very early on she made it clear that should Meghan ever need something, or just want to chat, she shouldn't hesitate to get in touch," a source told E! News. "Kate knows how difficult it is navigating one's way through this very different world. [And] it was important to [Harry] that Meghan and Kate got to know each other, as she has experienced many of the challenges Meghan now faces."
We, of course, can't wait to see more pics of the fabulous four out and about together, and learn more on how the future sisters-in-law bond over time.
For now, that's a wrap on your weekly royals update! Join us next week for another roundup, and stay tuned to ETonline.com daily for the latest on the royal family.