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William to be Harry’s best man: Prince says he is ‘honoured’ to support his brother at his wedding to Meghan Markle
- Harry will marry US actress at ceremony watched around the world on May 19
- William will return the favour after Harry was his best man at wedding to Kate
- Kensington Palace say: ‘The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked’
- William was due to be at the FA Cup final on the day, but will now stay in Windsor
Prince Harry has asked his older brother Prince William to be his best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle, it was revealed today.
Wills, 35, will return the favour to Harry, 33, who was his own best man at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.
Kensington Palace said William is ‘honoured’ to have been asked – although his acceptance will scupper any lingering hopes he may have had of watching some of the FA Cup final, which is on the same day.
In a statement released this morning, Kensington Palace said: ‘Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his best man at his wedding to Ms Meghan Markle.
‘The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 19th.
‘Prince Harry served as best man to The Duke of Cambridge at his wedding to Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011.’
Prince Harry has asked his brother William to be his best man, Kensington Palace has said. The royal brothers were pictured at an Anzac Day event yesterday where Wills planted a supportive kiss on his the cheek of his future sister-in-law
William will return the favour after Harry was best man at his wedding to Kate in 2011
The official announcement was made at 10;30am this morning by Kensington Palace
There were previously concerns over whether Prince William would be able to attend the whole wedding ceremony, as he was due to be at the FA Cup final as part of his duties as President of the Football Association.
But last month he decided to ditch his duties at Wembley to be at his brother’s side on May 19.
William told of his joy when the couple announced their engagement in November.
He said his family were “all very excited, delighted for them both and wishing them all the happiness in this very exciting time’.
Speaking during a visit to a Helsinki, William added: ‘For me personally I hope it means he stays out of my fridge, it will stop him scrounging off all my food, he’s done over the last few years.’
Harry and Meghan will marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, with millions of people expected to watch around the world.
Kensington Palace posted this charming picture of the pair beneath the announcement
The brothers, pictured together in 2001, have been life-long confidantes to each other
William will have a lifetime of anecdotes to draw on for any speech he makes at the reception
They will embark on a carriage procession around the Berkshire town, cheered by residents and visitors, before a reception at St George’s Hall.
Guests at St George’s Chapel will hear performances by artists including Christian gospel group The Kingdom Choir and cello prodigy Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, from Nottingham – who received a personal call from Meghan herself.
An orchestra made up of musicians from BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia will be joined by Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and principal trumpeter David Blackadder.
Palace aides have previously said that the prince and Ms Markle’s wedding will ‘reflect their characters and personalities’ and be a moment of ‘fun and joy’.
The Queen will attend, as will the rest of the royal family, along with Ms Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.
Meghan has been supported by Wills and Kate as she gets to grips with royal life. The ‘fab four’, as fans dubbed them, were pictured together at Royal Foundation Forum in February
Wills, pictured looking somewhat sleepy after the birth of his third child this week, has been getting to know Meghan during the series of public appearances she has made since her engagement to Prince Harry was made
His role as best man has finally sunk any plans he may have had to getting to or watching the FA Cup Final. He is pictured in his role as FA president at the event in 2016
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are likely to take on the roles of pageboy and bridesmaid.
Guests include a schoolgirl who survived the Manchester bombing, an Afghan war veteran, a deaf schoolboy who taught his classmates sign language as well as workers from charities supported by the couple.
The royal family are paying for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception. But the security costs for the high-profile event are being covered by the state.
Harry and Meghan sent out the invitations last month.
Some 600 guests will attend the wedding service at St George’s Chapel, before they all make their way to a lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, which is being given by the Queen.
Later that evening, 200 guests are invited to the private reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.
The invitation stipulates a strict dress code with men asked to don military uniform – likely to be worn by Harry, a former solder who is now Captain General of Royal Marines – or a morning coat and lounge hat, with women asked to wear a day dress and hat.
The cake will be made by London-based baker Claire Ptak who is renowned for her American-style bakes, to make their wedding cake.
Harry and Meghan have opted for a trendy lemon and elderflower creation that will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
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