Not unlike most people the night before their wedding, brothers Prince William and Prince Harry both admit to being severely sleep deprived on their big day. In fact, photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who famously captured the Sussexes right after their nuptials, says Harry was downright exhausted.
According to Hello!, Prince William had a helluva time trying to sleep on the eve of his wedding in April 2011 because, among other things, thousands of fans camped outside his father’s home (Clarence House) where he was staying were chanting and singing into the wee hours of the morning.
“The crowds were singing and cheering all night long, so the excitement of that, the nervousness of me and everyone singing – I slept for about half an hour,” William recalled.
It was much the same story when William’s younger brother got married to Meghan Markle in May 2018.
As Hello! reports:
“With a media frenzy and the controversy surrounding the absence of Meghan’s father, the bride-to-be had a relaxing pre-wedding evening at Cliveden House Hotel with her mother. But it seems as though Prince Harry’s stay at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park didn’t provide him with enough zen time as according to Finding Feedom, he was tempted to sneak a nap in between his wedding ceremony and reception.”
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But instead of snoozing, Harry rallied, using his adrenaline and the pure excitement of the celebration to get “power him through” the evening.
In addition to Harry’s exhaustion, photographer Lubomirski also revealed that Markle wasn’t much better off than her newly minted husband when it came time to shoot the couple on the grounds of Windsor Castle, specifically the iconic shot of the two on the steps of the castle’s Rose Garden. Said Lubbomirski, “She just slumped in between his legs and there was this moment they were just laughing because of how exhausted they were and that finally it was all over.”
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Kate and William will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary on April 29 this year, while Meghan and Harry will be toasting to their third year of wedded bliss on May 19.