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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s wedding in 2018 may have seemed like a fairy tale, but the Duke of Sussex reveals there was more to this milestone day than meets the eye.
The royal writes in his new memoirs, Spare, available today, that he did not choose his older brother, Prince William, to be his best man, as Buckingham Palace initially claimed. Harry writes that he instead chose his “former mate Charlie” to serve as witness.
The day before his wedding to Meghan, Harry claims William “cancelled at the last minute” his plans to have a drink with him and his friends. “He said to me, just before going to have tea with grandma: I can’t, Harold. Kate and the children”, writes Harry. “I had reminded him that it was our tradition, that we had dinner before his wedding, that we had gone together and visited the crowd. He held on. I can not do it.”
The Duke says he pushed his brother away, imploring him, “Why are you like this, Willy? I was with you all night before you married Kate. Why are you doing this?”
He continues, “I wondered what was really going on. Did he feel bad about not being my best man? Was he upset that I asked my old pal Charlie? (The Palace released the story according to which Willy witnessed, as they did with me when he and Kate got married.) Could that be part of it?”
Harry had previously alleged that William also failed to choose him as his best man for his wedding, when he married Catherine, Princess of Wales, in 2011. Acting as a best man for their ceremony at Westminster Abbey was a “shameless lie”, Harry writes in his memoirs.
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