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Palace Officials Just Shared Meghan and Harry Wedding Details — Including When to Set Your Alarm!

It’s going to be another fairy-tale royal wedding when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19.

The newlyweds will ride in a horse-carriage through the streets of Windsor after exchanging their vows at St. George’s Chapel, palace officials confirmed on Sunday. At the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the carriage ride through London was one of the day’s most romantic highlights.

Also on Sunday, the palace shared exactly when royals fans will need to set their alarms for the big day. The service will begin at 12 p.m. U.K. time, or 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST. The carriage procession will depart an hour later, at 8 a.m. EST/5 a.m. PST.

With fewer than 100 days until the couple say “I do,” officials shared a new round of details, including confirmation that the couple will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby. He will conduct the marriage ceremony, but the full service at the chapel will be led by The Rt Revd. David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.

After the wedding, the couple will parade through the streets — leaving Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and preceding along the High Street through Windsor Town before returning to the castle along the Long Walk.

“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” said the statement from Kensington Palace.

The palace will not say whether invitations have already sent or comment on the number of people who will be expected at St. George’s Chapel on the big day. (It can hold around 800 guests.) Those who land one of the golden tickets will be invited to a reception at St. George’s Hall, one of the luxurious state rooms inside the castle. The couple will then join the reception after returning from the carriage procession.

After a break in the late afternoon, there will be a private evening reception given by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. No word yet on whether that reception will be held inside the state apartments or at another venue within the Windsor estate, such as Frogmore House – where the couple’s romantic engagement photos were taken.

White House officials say Trump will keep Kelly despite defense of domestic abuser

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and budget chief Mick Mulvaney separately said Sunday that President Trump would retain chief of staff John Kelly amidst public outcry over his handling of abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter.

During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, Jake Tapper asked Conway whether Kelly’s job was in jeopardy after it was reported that the chief of staff said he would resign on the president’s request.

“No. I spoke to the president last night and told him I’d be with you today and he said ‘please tell Jake that I have full faith in chief of staff John Kelly and that I’m not actively searching for replacements.’ He said, ‘I saw that all over the news today and I have faith in him,’ and he does.” 

“He says that General Kelly — he’s doing a great job and that he has full faith in him and I think he looks at the full measure of all of us,” Conway added.

Budget chief Mulvaney similarly said on Fox News Sunday that Kelly’s rumored departure is “much ado about nothing.”

In response to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asking whether the president or other administration officials have talked about replacing Kelly, Mulvaney responded “absolutely not.”

“I don’t think it’s an issue,” Mulvaney continued. “Working in the West Wing and reading about it in the newspaper, watching it on television, could not be more different. The place is very stable, very quiet. All the media hype about all the disarray is just that.”

When Kelly was hired as chief of staff, he received praise for bringing a “moderating influence” to a chaotic White House. Yet, he and other top White House officials reportedly knew for weeks and in some cases months about Porter’s domestic abuse scandal, an action that may have jeopardized national security.

Porter resigned as White House Staff Secretary last week following reports of a pattern of domestic abuse stemming as far back as 2003 involving two ex-wives and a third woman who dated him. His two ex-wives gave their accounts of abuse to the FBI during a routine background check, which meant that by 2017, Trump administration officials — including Kelly — had known “Porter was facing troubles in obtaining his security clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them,” CNN previously reported.

When the initial allegations against Porter became public, Kelly praised his character as a “man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him.” Even after physical evidence emerged, including a photo of one of Porter’s ex-wives with a black eye, Kelly said he was “shocked by the new allegations” but that he stood by “my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation.” 

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that it was an “understatement” to say the Trump administration could have better handled the domestic abuse scandal.

“I think when the White House said they could have handled the situation better, that’s a bit of an understatement, yes,” Flake said. “They could have done a lot better particularly with the Rob Porter situation.”

“I do think if you put on a political hat, that is a big problem, certainly how we are viewed as Republicans in the next election,” Flake added. “It’s a big problem not to show any concern or empathy for the potential victims of these incidents.”

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also said Sunday on CNN that the president should keep Kelly in the position.

“As long as Donald Trump is president, our government is best served if John Kelly is in the job of chief of staff,” Johnson said. “That might be a minority view among my Democratic friends but that is my view.”