As Meghan Markle prepares to formally join the royal family when she marries Prince Harry on May 19th, she can expect to enjoy a number of fun, if niche, honours. There’s the fact that she’ll receive a new royal title, for one (the Queen is widely anticipated to announce Harry and Meghan as the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the days before the royal wedding); its also thought that her father Thomas Markle (who will, contrary to previous reports, be walking Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day) will receive an official family coat of arms, much as Michael Middleton did ahead of Kate’s marriage to Prince William in 2011. And there’s the small matter of the brand new Meghan waxwork that’s just arrived at Madame Tussauds in London.
The waxwork will stand alongside a newly updated (ie. a newly bearded) effigy of Prince Harry in a special royal wedding exhibit, and sees Meghan dressed in a green shift by Italian label Parosh, originally worn for the TV interview which followed the official announcement of her engagement, with an exact replica of her three-stone engagement ring. And while not every celebrity makes the transition to, erm, wax model look easy (remember the Beyoncé waxwork? Yeah...) the likeness, it has to be said, is remarkable.
See Harry and Meghan's waxworks in the gallery below
‘Excitement ahead of the royal wedding is reaching fever pitch and we have been inundated with questions about when people can finally meet “Their Royal Likenesses,”’ said Edward Fuller, the general manager at Madame Tussauds London. ‘There is a lot of love out there for Meghan and Harry and we’re following their lead by inviting the great British public to join the couple in their wedding celebrations here at Madame Tussauds London.’
The waxwork duo will appear in front of a video wall which will allow visitors to share a number of different ‘scenarios’ with Meghan and Harry, from a beach getaway to the cake cutting at their wedding ceremony. The exhibit will be opened to the public for the first time on May 18th (the night before the royal wedding), when Madame Tussauds will host a stag and hen do party for over 18s.