Meghan Markle ties the knot — but not with Prince Harry

Souvenirs featuring Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle are pictured in a gift shop in Windsor, west of London. American, mixed-race and “fiercely independent,” Markle is widely seen as a breath of fresh air for Britain’s royal family. (AFP)
Updated 25 April 2018
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Meghan Markle ties the knot — but not with Prince Harry

LOS ANGELES: A little less than a month before her royal wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has said “I do” — on television.
Markle fans who can’t wait until the actress walks down the aisle next month can tune into the seventh season finale of the legal drama “Suits” — which sees Markle’s character Rachel tie the knot with Mike, played by Patrick J. Adams.
“I wanted to marry you from the second I met you,” Mike says in a preview of the episode, to air Wednesday.
“You are the husband I’ve always wanted,” Rachel says, marking a happy ending for the two actors leaving the series.
“We know there’s another wedding on the horizon for Ms. Markle but just seeing her here in all of her bridal resplendence is a fairytale come true,” said the network USA, which airs the series, on its website.
The characters Mike and Rachel had already tried getting married in a previous season — but police arrested the former and thwarted the nuptial plans.
Shortly after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, the future Duchess, 36, said she would leaving acting to focus on humanitarian work.
Her final appearance on “Suits” — in which she has starred since 2011 — will be a dress rehearsal of sorts for her big day on May 19, when she will marry Prince Harry in a chapel inside Windsor Castle before 600 invited guests.
Another 2,640 people will be welcomed onto the castle grounds.
American, mixed-race and “fiercely independent,” Markle is widely seen as a breath of fresh air for Britain’s royal family.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados,” she once wrote.
She will be the second American to join the British monarchy after socialite Wallis Simpson — who married King Edward VIII after he abdicated, and like Markle had once divorced prior to marrying royalty.


Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

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Chinese pianist Lang Lang set to regale music lovers at Tantora

  • Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival
  • The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far

RIYADH: Award-winning Chinese pianist Lang Lang delighted fans on Wednesday with a short video teaser to promote his upcoming performance at the Winter at Tantora festival. 

The musician posted the video online, in which he was seen opening a book to reveal the words “stay tuned.” 

Winter at Tantora’s Twitter account added to the hype, tweeting to their followers that the concert would “refresh their senses.”

Lang will perform alongside the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Al-Ula-based festival.

He is famous for his compelling style and talent, as well as his range as a pianist. Claimed that music is his “first language,” he believes that through it he is able to communicate with audiences all over the globe, despite language barriers. 

Throughout his career, he has performed classical pieces, including Chopin and Liszt, but also more contemporary work, including songs from The Little Mermaid.

The sold-out concert, called Monumental, is scheduled for Friday Jan. 18, and will be Lang’s and the Guangzhou Orchestra’s first performances in Saudi Arabia.

Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement. “I can’t wait to see you!” Tweeted one. “It’s a pleasure and an honor to have you in Saudi Arabia!”

The Winter at Tantora festival has proven wildly successful with audiences so far, with names such as Mohammed Abdo, Majida Al-Roumi, and a holographic depiction of legendary songstress Umm Kulthoum all appearing to positive acclaim.

The limited seating per concert, capped at 500 apiece, has been popular, with most concerts selling out in record-breaking time. With different packages available to purchase for the festival, ranging from affordable seats to high-end luxury experiences, the chance to spend a weekend in Al-Ula has also been made available to a wide pool of people, despite the small numbers on offer.