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Amy will go to the Royal Wedding – but she’ll be home in time for Brian’s Cup clash

AMY HUBERMAN shall go to the Royal Wedding, her husband Brian O'Driscoll has confirmed.

The Herald can reveal that the award-winning actress is preparing to attend the ‘wedding of the century' in the company of world leaders.

And while she will be one of the exclusive 1,500 guests in Westminster Abbey to witness Prince William and Kate Middleton's vows, she will not be attending the opulent party in Buckingham Palace.

Instead, she will play the role of the dedicated wife and jet back to Ireland on Friday night to be at Brian's side ahead of the Heineken Cup semi-final. Her husband – the Ireland captain – politely declined the gilt-edged invitation, but explained that they both decided that Amy would still attend.

“My wife is going on our behalf as we also felt there was an element of our representing Ireland as well,” Brian said in an interview.

“It's going to be an incredible thing, with two billion watching, but I'll be at home, preparing for Toulouse.”

“It's also about being able to sleep in your own bed the night before.

“It's a small thing but waking up here, at home on Saturday morning, it's really important.”

A spokesperson for Amy Huberman confirmed that she would be in attendance: “She is attending. It was a private invitation issued to herself and Brian.”

Although she has not yet lined up an outfit, Amy previously revealed that she would love to wear an Irish designer.

Although the couple rarely appear at Social occasions alone, Brian said that his commitment to the team was paramount.


“As big an honour as it was to be invited, I can't ask for team runs to be at half-six in the evening so I can go to the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey,” the Leinster centre said.

“One thing I learnt early on my career is that personal gratification takes second place. The team ethos comes first even after 12 years.”

“I'll be up early enough for breakfast and lounging around, watching Soccer AM. I'll make my usual lunch at halftwelve.

My missus knows to leave me alone. She won't be getting much chat out of me. And then it's off to the game.”

He said the clash in his social and professional diary was “unfortunate” as he would have liked to attend.

“I've met William a handful of times and I've had a good laugh with him. He's a really nice guy and he came into our dressing room in 2009 after we won the Grand Slam,” he said in the Guardian interview.

“He's just a very nice, chatty, normal guy. “On a conversational level with him and (Prince) Harry, it's extremely normal. The rest of their life is abnormal – for want of a better word.”