Five reasons why the Royal wedding was so Jewish

Five reasons why the Royal wedding was so Jewish

From the bride's best friend and the adorable page boys, to quoting of the Shema and the Royal couple's Shadchan, there was a yiddishe flavour to the biggest event of the year so far

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

What was so Jewish about the Royal Wedding?

The Best Friend

Jewish style guru Jessica Mulroney is Meghan’s closest confidante and credited with her transformation from television actress to a polished princess. Jessica is descended from the Romanian-Jewish founders of Browns shoes, a family empire worth £50million, and is married to Ben Mulroney, son of the former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Jessica and Brian Mulroney

That adorable smile!

 With their cheeky, gap-toothed smiles, Jessica and Ben’s seven-year-old twin sons, John and Brian, served as the adorable page boys who carried the train of Meghan’s dress down the aisle. Their sister, Ivy, 4, was also a bridesmaid.

The Shadchan

Meghan has another close Jewish friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who is said to have acted as a matchmaker when she introduced Meghan to Harry two years ago. Misha was born in Bahrain to an Iraqi father and English mother and is now based in New York, where she has her own clothing line.

Misha Nonoo

Hear O’ Royals: 

Bishop Michael Curry, the first black presiding bishop of the US Episcopal Church, was heard quoting from the Shema during his vivacious sermon. He told the newlywed couple: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.”

Wise words: 

Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, chose a moving speech from the Song of Solomon (Shir HaShirim), in giving the only reading during the wedding ceremony. She read: “My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.’”


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