Friday 18 October 2019

Prince Harry has reportedly invited friends to wedding day 'viewing party' in Kensington Palace

Supporters and donors will watch nuptials on big screen at couple's home

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

It's tipped to be one of the biggest days of the year.

On Saturday, 19th May 2018, fans, royal watchers, well-wishers, and those 'just having a look out of interest' are sure to be glued to their screens for at least a portion of the day as Prince Harry takes a wife (and Man City [Chelsea? Man UTD?] lift the FA cup in an equally lavish affair less than ten miles away!).

And while Prince Harry's mind is firmly on choosing a wedding co-ordinator and possibly on whether or not a royal can get away with the 'no sock look' currently trending for grooms, he's also acutely aware that there are some important folk who won't make the relatively small (St. George's Chapel seats 800, while big brother William's wedding saw around 1900 in the pews of Westminster Abbey) guest list on the day.

Read more: Go fish! Meghan and Harry told to find new wedding venue as first choice vetoed - report

Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle
Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle

Which is why he is reportedly holding a so-called 'viewing party' at his Kensington Palace home for those who won't make the big event.

"Harry and Meghan are strictly limited to the numbers they can invite to the actual wedding so we understand this is a way of saying thank you to donors," a royal source revealed to the Daily Mail, "if you can’t be at the wedding, you can watch it in a palace, which is the next best thing."

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

Supporters of Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry in 2006, have reportedly received emails alerting them to the big screen event.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle

"A viewing party is a way of having an exclusive gathering, celebrating and feeling special – even if you are not actually at the main event," added the source.

"Guests will be able to watch events unfold on giant screens, while mingling with an exclusive crowd.

"They can say they went to Kensington Palace for the wedding. To Americans, that’s a big deal."

There has been no official comment on the 'viewing party' from Kensington Palace.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle taste traditional Welsh cakes during a visit at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018, for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben Birchall (Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle taste traditional Welsh cakes during a visit at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018, for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben Birchall (Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Read more: Meghan Markle will reportedly have a maid of honour, not a chief bridesmaid, for royal wedding in May - and here's who it could be

Meanwhile, the palace has insisted that the wedding will not clash with the FA Cup Final, which is good news for William, although he said he is yet to be asked to be best man for his little brother.

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle depart from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle depart from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle departs from a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and fiancée US actress Meghan Markle greets well-wishers on arrival at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018, for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Arthur Edwards (Photo credit should read ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry (L) and fiancee Meghan Markle leave after their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle taste traditional Welsh cakes during a visit at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018, for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben Birchall (Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle chats with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chat with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry (L) and fiancee Meghan Markle leave after their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle writes a note for 10 year old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle watches a game of Jenga during her visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle writes a note for 10 year old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle meets locals during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle writes a note for 10 year old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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"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.

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.

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