Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are becoming increasingly well known for their support of charities around the UK and abroad.

And now they’ve announced that they will be extending this support to their wedding celebrations too. 

The royal couple are going to invite more than 2,000 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to celebrate with them on their big day — including 1,200 community champions such as "young people who have shown strong leadership," according to a statement released on Friday by Kensington Palace.

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The selection process for those to be invited has already begun, according to the statement, and they’ll be chosen by the Queen’s representatives around the UK. 

 “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too,” the palace said

“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom,” it added. 

Harry and Meghan will also invite 200 people from charities and organisations that they support; 100 pupils from two local schools; 610 Windsor Castle community members; and 530 members of the Royal Household. 

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The invited members of the public will be able to watch the arrival of the bride and groom, and the rest of the wedding party, to Windsor Castle, and watch them leave for a carriage procession around Windsor town, according to the palace statement. 

The couple are going to be getting married on May 19, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, with a reception at St George’s Hall. The royal family are reported to be paying for the wedding, while security costs will be covered by the state.

The announcement comes just days after Meghan and Harry joined Kate and William at the Royal Foundation Forum in London to update the public on their charitable work, in their first official appearance as a four. 

Meghan used the opportunity to voice her support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, speaking out on women’s empowerment. 

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“You’ll often hear people say, you’re helping women find their voices,” she told the audience. “And I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.” 

After the wedding, Meghan will become a patron of the Royal Foundation, which was set up by William and Harry in 2011 to pursue their interest in charity and philanthropy. 

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Meghan & Harry to Invite Over 1,000 Community Champions to Their Wedding

By Imogen Calderwood