Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry on Shavuot eve
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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry on Shavuot eve

Wedding scheduled for May 19 at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, a more intimate venue than Westminster Abbey, where William married Kate Middleton in 2011

This file photo taken on November 27, 2017, shows Britain's Prince Harry standing with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London. (AFP Photo/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
This file photo taken on November 27, 2017, shows Britain's Prince Harry standing with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London. (AFP Photo/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace announced Friday, a date that falls on the eve of the Jewish festival of Shavuot.

The couple chose a springtime Saturday for their wedding and a venue that holds a central place in the history of the royal family.

Windsor Castle, west of London, is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences. The 15th-century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Harry’s older brother William married Kate Middleton in 2011.

The prince and Markle announced their engagement last month after an 18-month romance.

The 33-year-old prince, who is fifth in line to the British throne, and the 36-year-old American actress met through a mutual friend in 2016 and managed to keep their relationship secret from the media for several months.

The wedding date presents a potential conflict for Prince William, however.

William is president of the English Football Association, and May 19 is the date of the FA Cup final, one of the biggest English soccer games of the year. William attended this year’s match and presented a trophy to the winner, Arsenal.

The date also falls on the eve of the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot. Shavuot also commemorate the day that the Jewish people received the Torah from God.

When news of the engagement was announced there was much speculation that Markle is Jewish or has Jewish roots; she is not and does not.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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