‘Revenge is sweet’: Prince William warns over best man’s speech

‘Revenge is sweet’: Prince William threatens a traditional best man’s speech for the Royal Wedding then proudly smiles at his brother Harry as he’s congratulated on tying the knot

  • 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’ 

Prince William has warned his brother ‘revenge is sweet’ after he was announced as the best man at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.

Wills, 35, will return the favour to Harry, 33, who was his own best man at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.

In a video Prince William confirmed he is still considering what to pick for his new baby’s name but said he was ‘delighted’ to have been asked to be best man.

‘It feels great,’ he said. ‘Thrilled and delighted obviously. Revenge is sweet.’ 

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.’

The brothers today opened a sports centre in central London, where William joked that his best man revenge on Harry would be sweet 

Wills was tight-lipped about his baby’s name, saying he was still deciding, but said he was honoured to be best man

The princes enjoyed a quick game of table tennis but William warned his brother about the speech he’d be making at his wedding to Meghan

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

William told of his joy when the couple announced their engagement in November.

He now has the job of organising a stag-do for his party-loving younger brother, as well as preparing a speech which will draw on years of experiences together. 

Underneath the public banter, where they regularly poke fun at each other, the pair share a special bond which was strengthened following the death of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in a Paris car crash. 

When Harry’s engagement was announced, William said his family were ‘all very excited, delighted for them both and wishing them all the happiness in this very exciting time’.

He joked: ‘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

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. 

How the brotherly bond between the two princes has strengthened since the death of Diana

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have a close bond.

Their shared memories of childhood and the support they offer each other has been invaluable in adulthood.

Growing up together, they jointly experienced the scrutiny that comes with royal life. 

Both have served in the military, facing the rigours of training at Sandhurst, followed by a career, for a time, in the forces.

Prince William, nine, and his younger brother, Prince Harry, seven, wave to photographers as they board the Royal Yacht Britannia

Princes Harry and William pose with a rock python during a visit to the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Gabarone, Botswana in 2010

They play polo together, and live close to one another at Kensington Palace, where they grew up.

It comes as no surprise that Harry has asked William to be his best man.

Although different in character, the pair have remained friends, and are at ease in one another’s company, frequently making jokes about each other’s hair at royal appearances.

Harry, more open and outspoken, has always been seen as more of the party prince compared with William.

Considered more reckless and the daredevil one, Harry’s most famous stunts have included being photographed playing strip billiards while on holiday in Las Vegas. 

Future king William is seen as more cautious, and more measured in his approach.

William, Kate and Harry supporting their Heads Together mental health campaign

Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton, followed by best man Prince Harry and maid of honour Pippa Middleton in 2011

But Harry, who was the spare to the heir until William had children, has settled down in recent years, concentrating on his charity work, and is now preparing to wed American former actress Meghan Markle.

The brothers jointly work together on their Royal Foundation, striving to raise awareness surrounding mental health issues, along with other charitable work.

Harry was also William’s best man when he married Kate Middleton in 2011

At the altar, it was Harry who reassured him that all was going smoothly on the big day, telling William when Kate arrived: ‘Right, she is here now’.

Harry’s best man speech was said to be both hilarious and touching. William now has to return the favour.

But their friendship has a sadness at its roots.

The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry wait outside Westminster Abbey for Diana, the Princess of Wales´ coffin to arrive in 1997

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales following the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales

The brothers had to endure losing their mother at a young age, an experience which brought them together in grief.

William and Harry were just 15 and 12 when their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 and the brothers sought comfort from one another during their difficult teenage years. 

Both have spoken of the warmth their mother showed them in childhood and how she strove to make them aware of those less fortunate than them.

Last year, they marked the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, viewing tributes left for the princess at her former home, Kensington Palace, and commissioning a statue in her memory.

When Harry turned 21, he described William as the one person on the planet with whom he could talk about everything.

‘It’s amazing how close we’ve become,’ Harry said. ‘I mean, ever since our mother died, obviously we were close, but he is the one person on this earth who I can actually really … we can talk about anything.

‘We understand each other and we give each other support.’ 

The Prince and Princess of Wales with their sons on a cycling trip in Tresco in 1989

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry after viewing tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death

 

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