Thursday 18 July 2019

Could he do the double? Kensington Palace insists royal wedding and FA Cup Final 'will not clash'

Britain's Prince William could attend both events on the big day

General view of Lincoln Cathedral during the Emirates FA Cup, fourth round match at Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

It looks like both royal watchers and footy fans have some day to look forward to on May 19th next year, as Prince Harry is set to marry his American actress girlfriend Meghan Markle on the same day as one of English soccer's most significant games - the FA Cup Final.

And it seems that households can now give up plotting the logistics of pushing two TVs together to keep an eye on both Saturday spectacles, as it now appears that the events will not clash.

Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle attend the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England
Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle attend the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at Windsor Castle

If that's good news for the people, it's even better news for for Prince William who, as President of the English Football Association is expected to be at Wembley Stadium to hand over the trophy to the winners - but as Prince Harry's older brother, is also expected to play a big role in the 2018 royal wedding.

"We have not gone into the timing of the the wedding but made it clear that the wedding and the FA cup final will not clash," a Kensington Palace spokesman said, according to The Telegraph.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Children's Global Media Summit at the Manchester Central Convention on December 6, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Children's Global Media Summit at the Manchester Central Convention on December 6, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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It is widely reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will exchange vows at midday, while the match will kick off at 5.30pm, giving possible best man William enough time to get from Windsor Castle to Wembley.

Happy couple Meghan and Harry, who announced their engagement on 27th November, made a surprise visit to the Queen's annual Christmas party last week where they were able to scope out their wedding venue.

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The couple will tie the knot in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle while, according to People, their reception will be held in a set of rooms including the 180ft-long St. George's Hall and the opulant Grand Reception Room - where the Queen's Christmas bash took place.

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