Royal wedding mementos marry UK, US tastes

Harry and Meghan's image is adorning everything from plates to cupcakes as merchandise sales hot up.
Harry and Meghan's image is adorning everything from plates to cupcakes as merchandise sales hot up.

From the traditional to the wacky, there's a memento for everyone to mark Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

American retailers have gone into overdrive to produce souvenirs that pay homage to the Los Angeles-born-and-raised actress, and they're a far cry from your traditional English tea towel, coffee mug and biscuit tin.

There's Harry and Meghan-themed basketball hoops and clothing badges reading 'When Harry met Meghan' in a nod to the 1989 US rom-com When Harry Met Sally.

American broadcaster Hallmark has also released a DVD boxed set of Ms Markle's movies When Sparks Fly (2014) and Dater's Handbook (2016), while one of Amazon's best sellers for Americans has been life size Harry and Megan cardboard cutouts.

Also on offer are playing cards emblazoned with the happy couple's faces, cupcake toppers, earings, T-shirts with heart-shaped Union Jacks intertwined with America's stars and stripes, prayer candle sets and Harry and Megan dolls dressed up in their wedding finery.

Across the pond in England, the official commemorative china range costs up to $A89 a piece and comes in white and cornflower blue with a monogram of the couple's initials at its centre, tied together by white ribbons with an image of Harry's coronet.

The range includes both a miniature and standard-sized coffee mug, pillbox, tankard and plate, similar to the range released for Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, which was white, gold and pale-grey.

"The decorative border of each piece is inspired by the ironwork of the 13th-century Gilebertus door of St George's Chapel," the Royal Collection Trust website says.

"All Royal Collection Trust chinaware is made in the potteries of Stoke-on-Trent using traditional techniques which date back over two hundred years. The pieces are all hand-finished with 22-carat gold."

Any wedding guests unhappy with Harry and Meghan's choice of wedding cake - lemon elderflower - need not fear.

The Trust is selling fruit cakes and iced in white with the couple's initials while upmarket retailer Harvey Nichols has produced a hamper including "Quince Harry and Meghan Sparkle" for $A170.

And what would preparations for 33-year-old Harry's wedding be without a nod to his carrot top.

Yorkshire-based sausage maker Heck has joined the party with their sweet ginger and American mustard snags, available until May 22 for anyone nursing a heavy head and needing a fry-up after the celebrations.

UK snack food giant Tyrell's has a special edition "ginger & sparkle parsnip crisps" flavoured with sweet honey and seasoned with edible glitter, a perfect snack to match the latest concoction from a British brewery.

Just a 15-minute walk from where the couple will marry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is the Windsor & Eton brewery, home of the "Harry & Meghan's Windsor Knot" pale ale.

"We're using a special blend of British hops called Invicta in recognition of Prince Harry's role in creating the Invictus Games, combined with some great American West Coast hops," master brewer and co-founder Paddy Johnson said.

Royal wedding-themed cushions, swimsuits, phone covers, jumpers, jewellery, colouring books, baby clothes, condoms, dog toys, knitted dolls and life-size cut outs have all flooded online marketplaces.

Novelty windscreen wiper company WiperWaggers has created a "waving Harry and Megs" motif while Goviers of Sidmouth has 20 pairs of "Royal Wedding Dolphins" with an engraved name plaque for around $A839.

And if seeing Harry's face plastered across televisions, dinner tables, car windscreens and pantry shelves becomes all too much, one Etsy retailer is selling a commemorative plate picturing Meghan with red-headed British singer Ed Sheeran instead.

Australian Associated Press