Next month’s wedding of Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle may be memorable to Gazette readers for including more fictional lawyers (from Markle’s TV show Suits) than real ones. Indications are that lawyer numbers are down on Prince William’s 2011 nuptials.
William’s list counted City solicitor Miriam Gonzales, who attended as wife of the deputy prime minister, and then-soon-to-be Allen & Overy trainee Chelsy Davy, there as ‘friend of Harry’ (now non-practising solicitor 502952). Marina Wheeler, an eminent human rights QC, no doubt went as wife of the London mayor, one Boris Johnson, and Kenneth Clarke QC attended very much as a statesman.
Obiter thought to start this search with lawyers known to be ‘close’ to the royals. Farrer & Co famously acts for the Queen. Our enquiry gets a polite no comment – so maybe. Harbottle & Lewis, whose client list has included Harry, directs us to the Kensington Palace press office. There is no confirmation from Mishcon de Reya and Payne Hicks Beach, home to lawyers who acted for Harry’s parents in their divorce, though the PR agency for one did offer the Gazette a general article on prenups.