Royal wedding clash at Southwell Minster
ONE couple not as bothered as most about this weekend’s marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is Laura Taylor and Euan Parsons — who will get married the same day.
They will marry at Southwell Minster, in Laura’s home town.
Euan said it was difficult to get away from royal wedding hysteria but, in their eyes, the day was theirs and theirs alone.
It is not the first time the royals have interfered with Parson family wedding plans. In 1981, Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana, had their nuptuals four days before those of Euan’s parents, Nick and Claire.
Euan, 28, a sports journalist with the Press Association, said: "We booked our day in 2016 so were shocked when we discovered they had picked the same date late last year.
"The second the invitations were received with the date of May 19, people were saying it was the day of the royal wedding.
"We haven’t been able to escape it.
"Lots of our guests have been talking about it, but it’s only to be expected."
When asked if either he or his bride-to-be would be sneaking a look at the Windsor ceremony, Euan said: "Absolutely not and we hope that none of our guests will either.
"It is to be expected though that lots of them will be talking about it.
"There is a possibility Laura might on catch-up, but only to check that her dress was better. She likes the royal family.
"I might have had a bit of interest had it been on another day.
"Of more importance to me would have been the FA Cup final (also on Saturday) so it is some relief Sheffield Wednesday didn’t get there."
He and Laura, a former Minster School pupil, have been together six years.
Euan proposed over a picnic on their favourite holiday beach, Alnmouth in Northumberland.
The couple, who live in Sheffield, will jet off to The Maldives on honeymoon.
Euan said he suspected the royal interference in two generations of Parson weddings would become a legacy story passed down through generations to come.
For a round-up of local royal wedding celebrations, see the Advertiser next week and online.