Mumbai, May 14: The whole world is waiting in anticipation for another British royal wedding set to take place soon. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will exchange nuptial vows in a grand affair at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, England on May 19.
From paparazzi, VVIPs to starry-eyed commoners, all want to have a slice of the wedding that has been making news for the last couple of months.
Thousands of miles away in Mumbai, India, the ubiquitous dabbawalas, the food delivery men, are going to celebrate the day in their own unique way. Reason, during his visit to India in 2003, Prince Charles, father of Prince Harry, met the dabbawalas and they immediately became friends.
Earlier in 2005 too, when the Prince of Wales and his long-time lover Camilla Parker got hitched, the dabbawalas gifted the princess a nine-yard saree and a Maharashtrian turban to the prince on the threshold of their wedding.
Talking to ANI, Subhash Talekar, Dabbawala Association spokesperson, said, "The dabbawalas of Mumbai are all set to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19."
"We'll distribute sweets along with tiffins. We'll even send the bride and groom the traditional Maharashtrian wedding dress," he added.
Dabbawalas of Mumbai are all set to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle on May 19th. Subhash Talekar, Dabbawala Assn Spox says,'We'll distribute sweets along with tiffins. We'll even send the bride and groom the traditional Maharashtrian wedding dress'. pic.twitter.com/07DMEzo1Tw— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018
In fact, the dabbawalas expressed their interest to be a part of the royal affair, restricted to the who's who of the world's powerful men and women, if they too are invited.
"Prince Charles is friend. If there's wedding at his home, it's wedding at our home. If we are invited, two of us will go there. When we met Prince Charles he turned us into management gurus," said Talekar.
Prince Charles is friend. If there's wedding at his home, it's wedding at our home. If we're invited, 2 of us will go there. When we met Prince Charles, he turned us into 'Mgmt Gurus':Dabbawala Assn Spox on Mumbai's Dabbawalas preps for royal wedding of Prince Harry&Meghan Markle pic.twitter.com/thdH7zutl8— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018
Impressed by their dedication, hard work and attention to details as everyday millions of lunchboxes of Mumbaikars reach their office desks on time, thanks to the dabbawalas, Prince Charles called dhoti, kurta and Gandhi cap-clad men "management gurus".
After all, who does not celebrate a wedding in the family? Mumbai dabbawalas are no different and they value family ties to the core. Hope British royalty is aware about the mini-celebration of the wedding in Mumbai.