Meghan Markle is expected to deliver her own speech at her wedding to Prince Harry – breaking centuries of tradition.
Ms Markle is understood to be ready to speak during a reception at Windsor Castle. This will be after the wedding ceremony on May 19 which is expected to be attended by 800 guests, according to The Sunday Times.
It is understood that her 73-year-old father Thomas, a former Hollywood lighting director, is likely to walk his daughter down the aisle. However, he is less likely to make a speech at the reception.
If her father will not speak for her, Ms Markle is understood to want to speak. She wants to thank Prince Harry, the Queen, her family and friends in an “affectionate” tribute – a move which breaks with regal customs.
She is expected to be made a Duchess on the day. Might even dare to make a couple of jokes, the paper reports, and is said to have Prince Harry’s full support.
The American will undoubtedly feel daunted speaking in front of the Queen, but she has some practice in public speaking.
A UN women’s advocate, Ms Markle promoted gender equality and publicly supported Emma Watson’s He For She campaign.
In 2015, she gave a speech before the UN secretary general ban Ki Moon. “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist…. A wife is equal to her husband,” she said back then.
Prince Harry is still to announce his best man. His brother Prince William is widely tipped to be among his top choices.