Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem set to have a romantic monopoly in Windsor when they walk up the aisle in St George's Chapel on May 19 - as no other couples appear to be following their example at the town's other churches.

Reverend Ainsley Swift, the Rector of Windsor, revealed this week that none of the four churches under his care in central Windsor had been booked for weddings the same day as Harry and Meghan.

He revealed that the number of weddings booked across the whole year was generally down, saying: "We would usually expect to have about 20 booked for the year ahead, but there are only six so far."

Reverend Louise Brown, who is vicar of All Saints Church, Dedworth does not have any weddings booked either for the 'royal' weekend - but thinks it could still happen.

She said: "If a couple approached me a week before and said they wanted to marry on the same day as Prince Harry I would not mind a bit. We are a less formal church with a less formal vicar and I quite like the idea of people deciding to get married and doing it quickly without months of planning and vast expense."

Meanwhile Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha has confirmed their father will walk his daughter down the aisle in traditional style when she marries Prince Harry.

There have been reports that Ms Markle's hopes of having a reception in the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House where the couple posed for their engagement photos were frustrated because of fears over security.

But St George's Hall is likely to prove a more secure and suitably lavish venue.

Meanwhile the people of Windsor are expected to have their own celebrations.

The Government is set to allow pubs without late licences to stay open till 1am on both May 18 and 19, although this does not have the sense of excitement it used to now that relaxed licensing laws mean that many venues already open late every weekend anyway.

Kevin Kolovich, who is barman at the Bexley Arms pub in Bexley Street, Windsor which is usually open till midnight said: "I think we will definitely be in favour of staying open late that weekend if we have the customers, especially as the landlord and landlady are celebrating their 30th anniversary here just before that."

But deputy manager at the George in Eton Jeff Thomas said the pub was still 'mulling over' whether to stay open late and a spokesman at the Three Tuns in Market Street, Windsor, said: "It will not affect us. We are open till 2am anyway."