The identity of Harry’s best man has not been publicly revealed but all eyes are on Prince William ahead of the May 19 ceremony.

The Duke of Cambridge’s role at the wedding was thrown into doubt when it emerged this season’s FA Cup final was taking place 20 miles away at Wembley on the same day and as President of the Football Association, William would under normal circumstances be expected to attend the showpiece event.

But a recent announcement that the royal wedding kicks off at noon, more than five hours before the other big match, has put William back in the frame.

And when Harry was asked about his stag do on a visit to Edinburgh this week, he replied: “I’m sure William’s got something up his sleeve.”

Organising the groom’s big night out is traditionally the responsibility of the best man so it is looking odds on that William will be given the honour and return the favour after Harry stepped into the role when the Duke of Cambridge married Kate Middleton.

The royal wedding will take place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in three months time before around 800 guests.

The Rt Rev David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will conduct the service at 15th century chapel and the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple exchange their vows.

The Queen will be there, as will the rest of the Royal Family, along with Ms Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are likely to take on the roles of pageboy and bridesmaid.

At 1pm, the newlyweds will embark on a carriage procession through the historic town along a route which includes Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and finally Windsor Castle.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day.”

There will be a reception at St George’s Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation. Harry and Ms Markle will join their guests at the reception when they return from the carriage procession.

Later that evening, the Prince of Wales will give a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.

Daily Express

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