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Prince William will have to choose between Harry’s wedding, football; read to know why

Britain's Prince William Will Have To Choose Between His Younger Brother Harry's Wedding And The FA Cup Final.

PTI | Updated on: 17 Dec 2017, 09:24:00 AM
Prince William will have to choose between Harry’s wedding or Football (File Photo)


Britain's Prince Harry is all set to marry actress Meghan Markle on May 19 next year. However, it seems Prince William will have a tough choice to make as his younger brother's wedding date clashes with a football final which he is duty-bound to attend.

Prince Harry and his American actress fiancee Markle's wedding date announcement came on Saturday. The fifth in line to Britain's throne had revealed his engagement to the 36-year- old actress in November. 

For the uninitiated, Markle is best known for her role as Rachel Zane in the legal drama ‘Suits’.

The couple had confirmed that their wedding ceremony will take place sometime in May at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, would have had the May 19 date in his diary for a long time as it is the Football Association (FA) Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

The 35-year-old William is duty-bound to attend in his role as the president of the FA and present the trophy.

However, the unusual circumstances of it clashing with his brother's wedding mean he would have to pass on the task to someone else.

No decision has yet been made on who would hand over the coveted silverware to the winner of the hugely popular football championship, last year presented to Arsenal Football Club by Prince William.

Kensington Palace has indicated that they will factor in the game as part of their wedding planning, which means the timings of the wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle would be well in advance of the kick-off at Wembley.

Harry, 33, and his bride-to-be have broken with the general tradition by opting for a Saturday for their Big Day as royal weddings are usually held during the week.

Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip on a Thursday and the Prince of Wales, Charles, married William and Harry's mother Princess Diana on a Wednesday.

There have, however, recently been some royal weddings on a Saturday, including Charles' second wedding to Camilla.

"They were keen for the wedding to be on a Saturday so that as many members of the public who wanted to watch on television or visit Windsor on the day would be able to," 'The Times' quoted a royal source as saying.

The wedding is expected to be at least three weeks after the birth of the third child of Prince William and Kate, due in April.

Hotel rooms in the town of Windsor, around 40km from London, are already beginning to sell out for May next year as royal fans from around the world book their slot to get a glimpse of the bride and groom. 

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First Published : 17 Dec 2017, 09:13:20 AM