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Why Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is So Soon

Marie Claire logo Marie Claire 2017-12-03 Mehera Bonner

a group of people posing for the camera: Why Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is So Soon © Getty Why Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is So Soon Royal engagements are typically on the shorter side, but there's no denying that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's May wedding date qualifies as "whirlwind." ETreports that Harry's close connection with his grandfather is the reason he wanted to get married ASAP - after all, Philip is 96 and recently had to retire from royal duties.

"He wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen," royal expert Kate Nicholl tells ET. "In fact, one of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly - this is really whirlwind by royal standards - is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding."

She adds that Harry is "incredibly close to his grandfather" and that he "thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit and healthy."

This is so sweet and touching.

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc

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