Who will design the bride’s dress? Will Harry wear uniform? Might Meghan’s mother walk her down the aisle?
But, why oh why weren’t we paying closer attention at the start? Had we done so, we would have realised that certain details have been right in front of our noses all along.
Meghan’s lifestyle blog, The Tig, was suddenly discontinued last year, ahead of rumours of an imminent engagement. The website, which she described as a “passion project”, launched in 2014 and for three years, the 36-year-old shared her loves of food, travel, charity work and fashion with thousands of followers.
Yet, hidden among her perky posts about roast chicken and dogs were clues.
Indeed, eagle-eyed Tig fans will have known all along that Meghan would likely shun tradition.
For there, in her writings, was an interview with East London baker Claire Ptak. The very same Ptak tasked with baking the Royal wedding cake which, Kensington Palace announced this week, will be a buttercream and elderflower affair. Cue a collective slapping of palms against foreheads.
While we might not have guessed the sponge would incorporate “the bright flavours of spring”, or be decorated with fresh flowers, we might have thought to look to Ptak - also Californian-born - as a likely candidate for the job.
So what other tidbits might the Tig offer up?
Meghan might have cut off our access to a treasure trove of insights into her life and thoughts, but enough of the blog’s former content lingers on in cyberspace for us to make some informed predictions about the royal wedding day. Let’s call them pre-Tig-tions, shall we?
1. The wine
The Tig itself was named after Meghan’s favourite red wine, the chianti Tignanello (the correct Italian pronunciation of which does not feature a hard ‘g’, but we’ll let that one pass). The Suits actress has credited the variety with opening her eyes as to what experts mean when they talk of “the body, legs, structure of wine”, writing on her blog: “It was an ah-ha moment at its finest. For me, it became a ‘Tig’ moment – a moment of getting it.” Surely if Tignanello holds such significance, it is something she’ll want to share with her new husband and wedding guests.
2. The music
As was evident from The Tig, Meghan favours powerful female singers. About none other than our homegrown talent Sophie Ellis-Bextor, she once wrote: “Yes, sweet Sophie stole our musical hearts with the hit, Murder on the Dance Floor, a tune that has stood the test of time for our requisite late night grooving, but her new album Familia offers this beat titled, Come with Us that channels old school Madonna vibes like no other.“Love, love, love! Bravo, Sophie! Love to you and the familia!”
Might the pop star perform on the big day? It seems likely she would have to fight off competition from the Spice Girls. A 13-year-old Harry described meeting them as the best day of his life and Mel B recently hinted that the band might sing, saying that they had received a “proper” invitation. Also thought to be a guest, however, is Harry’s rumoured ex Ellie Goulding, who lest we forget has form - having belted out ballads at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding reception. Curiously, there was never any mention of her on The Tig...
3. The flowers
Any discerning follower of Meghan’s social media accounts - also now defunct - would have gleaned that as well as liking dogs, Noam Chomsky and holding a burning desire to change the world, she also likes bougainvillea. Loves the stuff.
In August 2016, Meghan posted a picture of the blooms, lyrically captioned: “My love of #bougainvillea runs deep - reminds me of California...feeling.” Is it too much of a leap to wonder if her bouquet might bring a touch of the Golden State to Windsor?
4. The bridal speech
In keeping with the couple’s desire to cast off (some of) the shackles of Royal tradition and wedding protocol, the bride is expected to give a speech. We can’t reveal any of the details, largely because we don’t know them, but we can bring you this warning: it may involve inspirational quotes.
We know this because we’ve seen them liberally peppered through her former blog and social media accounts. Hardly a day seemed to go by when Meghan didn’t share some uplifting or poignant words with her followers. Indeed, the farewell message that heralded the end of The Tig was overflowing with them: “Keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world,’” she urged her fans, before signing off with “as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough.”
Her New Year message at the dawn of 2016 ran along similar philosophical lines:
“For this new year, the only thing I aim to do is to approach life playfully. To laugh and enjoy, to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher.
“My New Year’s resolution is to leave room for magic. To make my plans, and be okay if they sometimes break. To set my goals, but to be open to change.
“To let the magic know that there is an open door policy with me in 2016 and that it is always welcome to join the party.”
If David Copperfield makes an appearance at the wedding, don’t say you never saw it coming.
5. The mini-moon
Namely, the decidedly millennial trend (and Meghan and Harry just squeeze into this bracket) for a short but sweet holiday straight after the wedding, followed by a longer and more indulgent trip at a later date. Apparently, the couple’s mini-moon will be in Ireland, although reading between the lines - “Sources tell the Irish Independent that they are likely to take part in a series of engagements over two days” - this may be more of an official visit than a mini-moon. Reading between some other lines - those from The Tig, of course - Paris could be on the cards. The blog was a veritable ode to the French capital. To quote: “The food, the accent, the je ne sais quoi of the women with their inherent chicness – I sigh un petit peu just typing this.”
6. The honeymoon
It’s a fair bet that this will be sustainable, mindful and ethically conscious. We know that Meghan has a social conscience, and wrote earnestly on The Tig about her “sustainable holiday celebration tips” and thoughts on “holiday gifts that give back.” If we know Meghan like we think we do (disclaimer: we don’t know her at all), we think she’ll ensure her post-wedding getaway is kind to the planet and its people. High on the cards must be Botswana, where the couple revealed, in their engagement interview, their relationship blossomed.
7. The thank you notes
These will almost certainly be handwritten by Meghan, who once worked as a freelance calligrapher. Her previous claim to fame in this area, was having done the wedding invitations for singer Robin Thicke and his wife Paula Patton. But we shouldn’t hold that against her. Thicke and Patton are no longer together, but we want to make clear this has nothing to do with Markle’s calligraphy, which we know to be faultless.
She once said: “I think handwritten notes are a lost art form. When I booked my first [TV] pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”