Meghan Markle is flashing a radiant smile on the cover of the May issue of Tatler, which was unveiled on Thursday evening.
Less than two months before her wedding, the fresh-faced actress, 36, is pictured baring her shoulders in a white outfit, above the headline ‘What Meghan wants…’
A subheadline predicts, ‘How Meghan Markle will change Prince Harry, the royal family, the aristocracy, everything.’
A royal star: Meghan Markle looks radiant on the cover of the May issue of Tatler
Royal engagement: The 36-year-old and her fiancé Prince Harry visited Catalyst Inc, a next generation science park, to meet young entrepreneurs and innovators in Ireland last week
Wedding season: The two are due to tie the knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle
The rest of the magazine takes on a royal family theme, with headlines such as ‘All the single princes — who’s left?’ and ‘The real crown jewels — diamonds fit for a queen.’
Meghan is following in the footsteps Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who covered the magazine numerous times.
In January 2016, the magazine released ‘The Diana Issue,’ which included unseen photos of the royal and an opinion on what she would have thought of her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton if she were still alive.
Like Meghan, Kate’s romance with Prince William helped her score a cover of Tatler in February 2011, two months before their wedding.
The now 36-year-old’s cover was far from traditional, as it featured four Andy Warhol-style prints that appeared to be made out from one of her engagement photos.
In February 2012, nearly a year after she said ‘I do’ and became the Duchess of Cambridge, she appeared on the cover of the magazine for a second time.
Four years later, Kate went on to have her first-ever fashion magazine photo shoot when she posed for British Vogue.
Of course, the princes’ loves aren’t the only ones scoring covers. The magazine featured an old photo of Queen Elizabeth II on the May 2016 issue in honor of her 90th birthday.
Her sister, the late Princess Margaret, got a similar treatment when an old photo of her appeared on the December 2014 cover of the magazine, 12 years after her death.
Icon: Meghan is following in the footsteps Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who covered Tatler numerous times. In January 2016, the magazine released ‘The Diana Issue’
The Duchess: Kate Middleton covered the magazine’s February 2012, nearly a year after she married Prince William
HRH: The Duchess of Cambridge went on to have her first-ever fashion magazine photo shoot when she posed for British Vogue in 2016
Meghan’s appearance on Tatler’s cover comes just as the final details of her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry have been revealed.
The two are due to tie the knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
A $42 million ‘ring of steel’ will surround Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding including barriers, vehicle checks, snipers and airport-style scanners, it was revealed on Thursday.
More than 100,000 people are expected to visit Windsor, Berkshire, for the big day on May 19 — and they should expect to be stopped and searched by police.
Thames Valley Police say the operation is likely to be the biggest in its history as they gradually build up the security in the city over the next seven weeks.
‘Most Beautiful’: Lady Amelia Windsor covered Tatler in April 2016
Throwback: In 2008, Princess Eugenia covered the April issue of the magazine
Birthday celebration: An old photo of Queen Elizabeth II appeared on the May 2016 issue in honor of her turning 90 years old
All visitors entering the inner area to watch the royal carriage procession through the town will have to pass through airport-style security scanners. A huge security boundary will be mounted around the castle and St George’s Chapel, where the wedding ceremony is taking place in front of 600 guests.
Bag searches will take place along with checks on vans and trucks, while ‘hostile vehicle mitigation’ barriers aim to prevent vehicle-based terror attacks. Police will also use a network of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to check for stolen or suspect vehicles on criminal databases.
All leave for the 4,200-strong police force has been canceled as they work with Scotland Yard, which will provide security for the royals inside the castle.
Meghan has already been assigned a royal bodyguard from the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command.
It has been confirmed that the royal family will pay for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception. But taxpayers are expected to pick up the bill for security at the event, as they did for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in April 2011.
She had it all: Queen Elizabeth’s late sister Princess Margaret covered the magazine in December 2014, 12 years after her death
Royal adjacent: Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa scored her own cover in August 2011
Not exactly royal: Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas covered the October 2013 while she was dating the royal
Earlier on Thursday, it was revealed that the first boy kissed by Meghan grew up to be a famous rapper who stars on TV with James Corden.
In a little-known interview with chat show host Larry King the former Suits star told how she had smooched with her first crush Joshua Silverstein when she was a starry-eyed teenager.
‘Joshua Silverstein. I was 13, it was a summer camp and I kissed him!’ Meghan recalled.
She claimed that she had ‘no idea’ what happened to her first kiss in the interview recorded in 2013, years before she met Prince Harry.
But Silverstein has found fame in the U.S., as an actor and comedian who is one of the world’s most talented beatboxers.
Back in the day: Meghan told chat show host Larry King that her first kiss was with a boy called Joshua Silverstein when she was 13 years old at a summer camp
Her first smooch, Meghan said: ‘Joshua Silverstein. I was 13, it was a summer camp and I kissed him!’ The future princess said she had ‘no idea’ what happened to her summer fling
MailOnline tracked down the object of the teenage Meghan’s affections and found that he is now a married father-of-two young children still living in LA who remembers their romance
Now a married father-of-two, he was tracked down to the home in Los Angeles that he shares with his photographer wife Cynthia Guillen and their children, aged five and ten.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Josh, now 36, reveals: ‘We were together every day, we spoke on the phone a lot, we held hands and shared kisses.
‘Meghan and I are the same age so, I know I was about 13 or 14. I obviously don’t remember ‘the kiss’ — but I do know that I was the first guy she kissed. She was a nice, kind, sweet girl.
‘Her and I in some ways just felt a sense of attraction to each other, I’d had girlfriends prior to this, so I knew what I was doing – I proposed to my girlfriend in kindergarten!’
He recalled how he and the teenage Meghan both attended their local Agape Spiritual Church who organised a theatre summer camp in 1993, where their innocent relationship began.
Following a week of rehearsals the young lovebirds starred in a big performance called ‘Agape 38 Flavours’, where Meghan stole the show, according to Josh.
Ex-Suits actress Meghan will marry Prince Harry (pictured together at the Invictus Games) at Windsor Castle on May 19. Her former crush Josh said he was ‘excited’ when they began dating
‘I remember her character was very awkward, a dorky character, her hair was up, people thought we were funny and talented. We all got up and did a solo, then had one big dance number.’
At the time Meghan was a pupil at Immaculate Heart Girls’ School in Los Feliz.
Five miles down the road, her young love interest lived in the neighborhood of Jefferson Park, where he still lives today.
But they always met up at the spiritual church, then based in Santa Monica, with Josh being especially close to Meghan’s mother Doria, whom he’s known for over twenty years.
The actor says he was ‘excited’ when he found out she was dating Harry, whom she will marry at Windsor Castle on May 19, adding: ‘To be a person to grow up in LA, no ties with the royal family, or anything across the pond, to marry into it, that’s exciting. I’m happy for her.
‘She’s very smart, got a good head on her shoulders, can handle herself, so she’s going to have a fun ride. I’m very happy to hear that it seems like all her dreams are coming true. It’s nice to know that someone from my past is doing so well.’
After their summer fling, the relationship slowly fizzled out, but they kept seeing each other at Sunday services.
‘Agape Spiritual Church is without religion, it’s just about loving each other, respect and being nice, it connects to all religions, but it’s just spiritual. Our parents went to the Church.
‘I saw her mom throughout High School, college and adult years until I stopped going four years ago. I always felt comfortable with her mom, we’d always stop and chat. I saw Meghan in the TV show and thought good for her. I’d always ask her to send my love.
‘Meghan would come to church every now and then, but she didn’t have a big celeb profile, wear sunglasses or anything like that — they’re used to celebrities at Agape – Oprah Winfrey goes there,’ Josh says.
Meghan was married to film producer Trevor Englelson for two years and dated Cory Vitiello, a Canadian celebrity chef, before she met Harry.
Josh adds: ‘Meghan can deal with anything. We come from similar backgrounds and we’ve had to fight to get on in the industry.
‘We talked about this when we were younger. We are both multi-ethnic people of color — with white fathers and black mothers and we’ve related on that. Race is important to both of us and she wanted to help change that in the future.’
Josh has appeared on the The Late, Late Show with his close friend Corden where he beatboxes on a segment called ‘Drop The Mic’.
‘James is amazing, smart, funny and a fantastic rapper. He’s super talented,’ Josh adds.