The royal wedding was full of firsts, as the British prince marrying a mixed-race, American divorcée, with an African-American episcopal bishop giving what may have been the liveliest sermon that historic church has ever witnessed. And there were also subtle feminist statements, like these, the new Duchess of Sussex made at her wedding that could be a sign of what we can expect from her in her new role.
- Minimal makeup - Meghan has commented in the past that she doesn’t appreciate it when her freckles are Photoshopped out or covered up in pictures, so it’s no surprise she opted for makeup that let the natural beauty of her freckles shine through on her big day.
- Walking herself halfway down the aisle - All the hype of whether Meghan’s dad would walk her down the aisle continued until two days before the ceremony, when we learned Prince Charles would step in and do the honors. But the bride made an empowering move by walking the first half of the aisle alone, then meeting up with her new father-in-law to finish up. It’s a first for a royal wedding and a reminder that this girl can stand on her own, even in front of the whole world.
- Not having a maid of honor - Meghan also skipped the tradition of having a maid of honor and just had those adorable kiddos holding her train in her bridal party.
- Leaving “obey” out of her vows - Like Princess Diana before her, Meghan and Harry opted to nix the word “obey” from their wedding vows.
- Including nods to her heritage - From bishop Michael Curry, who quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., to the choir singing “Stand By Me,” to the cellist who was hand-selected by Meghan herself, the bride had more cultural diversity at her wedding than we’re used to seeing at a royal wedding.