Why Prince William won't be Prince Harry's best man

For Prince William’s wedding in 2011, he called on his younger brother to be his best man.

So when Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle in May, will he return the favor?

According to one royal expert, that might not be the case.

Prince William probably won't be Prince Harry's best man. Photo: Getty Images
Prince William probably won't be Prince Harry's best man. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry was William's 'supporter' at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry was William's 'supporter' at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

Apparently, there’s actually no such thing as having a best man at a royal wedding — but William broke protocol to honor his sibling when he wed Kate Middleton.

Marlene Koenig, British and European royal expert, told Town & Country that “the best man or best men are officially called supporters.”

She did add that “William will probably be Harry’s supporter,” carrying on the sibling tradition that was also displayed by the brothers’ father, Prince Charles.

For his wedding to Princess Diana in 1981, he chose his brothers, Edward and Andrew, to be his “supporters.”

It’s also likely that William will plan his younger brother’s bachelor party.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to marry on May 26th next year. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to marry on May 26th next year. Photo: Getty Images
Prince William and Kate Middleton got engaged in 2010 and married in April 2011. Photo: Getty Images
Prince William and Kate Middleton got engaged in 2010 and married in April 2011. Photo: Getty Images

Although William’s affair was kept well under wraps, a royal insider told Brides that Harry hosted his brother’s “at a country estate about a month before the wedding.”

As for the rest of the wedding party, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will likely serve as page boy and flowergirl, respectively, Koenig noted, but “anyone else is a guess.”

Markle’s bridesmaids are also a mystery. While many expect her A-list friends such as Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra to be invited to the nuptials, it’s likely the royal family will want to steer clear of a celebrity wedding.

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