AceShowbiz - Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle have become friendly with the Windsor Castle kitchen staff as they taste-test every dish to be served at their royal wedding. The couple is tying the knot at St. George's Chapel on the castle grounds in Windsor, England on Saturday, May 19, when 600 guests will then enjoy a reception hosted by the groom's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at St. George's Hall.
Head chef Mark Flanagan and his team of culinary experts worked closely with Harry and Meghan, a self-confessed foodie, to finalize the wedding menu, and while some couples choose to leave the rest up to caterers, he reveals the pair has continued to be really hands-on with every aspect of the preparation for its big day.
"The couple wanted us to make sure that we use all of the local seasonal produce, as much as possible, throughout their menu," he told ABC News. "[The dishes are] all their decisions, we purely make suggestions... They've tasted everything, they've been involved in every detail."
Reports suggest the afternoon reception will not feature a traditional sit-down meal, with plans to be more of a buffet-style of catering instead due to the size of the gathering. The event will be followed by a private evening celebration, hosted by Harry's dad, Prince Charles, with just close friends and family.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan, who are both keen conservationists, have received a rather unique wedding gift from officials at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a rescued Indian bull. Activists at the Indian branch of the animal rights organisation have adopted the weak and injured male and given him a new home at a sanctuary in Maharashtra, and renamed him Merry in the happy couple's honor.
"Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now have a one-ton bull to call their own. Rescuing Merry is an ideal wedding present for a couple who want their big day to be celebrated with charitable works and contributions," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk shares in a statement. "The royal wedding is the perfect time for anyone to spare a thought for and show some love to all our fellow living, feeling beings."