There were many moments from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s royal wedding that will go down in history (and forever be embedded in our brains, hearts and Pinterest boards): the moment Meghan stepped out of her car in her dress; her mom, Doria Ragland, crying as she came down the aisle; and their first kiss on the steps, to name a few. But there’s one sound in particular that seemed to define the day: the gospel rendition of “Stand By Me.”
The song was selected by Meghan and Harry to be played during the ceremony, but they had help from an unlikely source to figure out how to make it appropriate for the occasion. “We worked quite a lot with the Prince of Wales, who has incredible taste in specifically classical music, so it was really fun to spend some time going through selections with him,” Meghan says of her father-in-law, Prince Charles, in a personal recording for the new exhibition “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” per People.
In fact, it was actually Prince Charles’s team who put Meghan and Harry in touch with the Kingdom Choir, the group who serenaded the couple on their big day. “There was a song that was very meaningful to us, ‘Stand By Me,’ but we wanted a gospel rendition of it for it to really have a lot of soul,” Markle says in the recording.
But one musical decision that Prince Harry made entirely for himself, without the help of his father? The song that Meghan came down the aisle to. “[It] was Harry’s choice entirely and I think a really beautiful piece,” said Meghan of George Frideric Handel’s “Eternal Source of Light Divine. “I can retrace that entire walk down the aisle listening to it. It really is so special to us, and I think it’s one of those things we’ll treasure forever.”
Music and wedding planning aren’t the only thing Meghan Markle and her new father-in-law—who partially walked her down the aisle—have bonded over. “They have bonded over art, history, and culture,” a source recently revealed. “Meghan is particularly keen to learn about earlier royals and the artists who have painted them. The prince believes she is ‘incredibly smart’ and, having been trained by the Hollywood machine, is uniquely equipped to cope with the endlessly scrutinized life of a royal.”