It’s only been a week since the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle was announced, but “royal wedding fever” is already in full swing.
The big news was announced by the Prince of Wales on November 27, 2017. At the time, only general details about the upcoming nuptials were released. Clarence House — on behalf of Harry’s dad, Prince Charles, and Harry’s stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall — revealed that the royal wedding would take place in Spring 2018, with a promise that further details about the wedding would be announced in time.
In the days since, we’ve learned more about the couple and have even seen them make their first official royal engagement appearance in the city of Nottingham. Fans of the royal family have also found out several details about the upcoming wedding, such as the fact that it will take place in May at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
But of everything we’ve learned so far, nothing has come as quite a surprise as the news that Prince William is unlikely to be his younger brother’s best man in the wedding.
Scroll through to find out why!
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[H/T: Town & Country]
Fans of the royal family were undeniably excited when they heard the news that Prince Harry would finally be getting married to American actress Meghan Markle.
As it turns out, the Prince’s relatives were just as thrilled for him!
In an official statement after the news was announced, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
In his first appearance after the news was announced, Prince William also joked: “We’re very excited, delighted for them both. We’re wishing them all the happiness in this very exciting time […] Personally, I hope it means he stays out of my fridge and will stop scrounging my food, which he’s done for the last few years!”
In their first-ever joint interview after the engagement was announcement, Prince Harry and his bride-to-be also confirmed that Harry’s brother and sister-in-law had been “amazing” and incredibly supportive of their relationship.
Prince Harry’s grandparents were similarly enthusiastic.
Via their official Twitter account, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announced that they “are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”
So why, then, is Prince William unlikely to be his brother’s best man? As it turns out, it’s not an indication of any bad blood between them.
Royals fanatics have been wondering about the more intricate wedding details, like who will be in the wedding party.
Meghan Markle has a lot of famous friends, so there has been plenty of speculation about whether people like Serena Williams or any of Meghan’s Suits co-stars will be in the wedding party — or if Meghan’s future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, will be a bridesmaid.
One British and European royalty expert, Marlene Koenig, told Town & Country that one detail about the upcoming wedding is probable — that Prince William will not be his brother’s best man.
This is because there is technically no such thing as a best man at a royal wedding. It’s just not a thing for royals.
“The best man or best men are officially called supporters,” Marlene explained. “William will probably be Harry’s supporter.”
Interestingly, Prince William broke royal protocol when it came to his own wedding to Kate Middleton back in 2011.
According to The Guardian, Clarence House announced in February 2011 (several months ahead of William and Kate’s royal wedding) that Prince Harry would be the best man and Pippa Middleton would be the maid of honor.
Despite the fact that grooms in royal wedding normally choose a “supporter” instead of a best man — as their dad, the Prince of Wales, chose his brother, Prince Andrew, as his supporter when he married Princess Diana in 1981 — William specifically chose to call his brother his “best man.”
Whether Prince Harry winds up breaking royal protocol or sticks with tradition, it’s very possible that Prince William will wind up hosting his brother’s bachelor party (called a “stag party” in England), just as his younger brother did for him.
According to Brides, Prince William’s office confirmed that his bachelor party had taken place in late March and was hosted by Prince Harry at a country estate.
While Prince William’s role in the wedding is not currently confirmed, most royal experts are all but certain that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have roles in the upcoming wedding.
Prince George is expected to be a page boy and Princess Charlotte is expected to be a bridesmaid, according to Marlene.
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