Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/7TvZ2VlEk2— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 26, 2018
As if the royal family wasn't delivering enough big news as of late (exhibit A: the birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate's third child), Prince Harry has officially unveiled the identity of his best man. Unsurprisingly, he's chosen his brother to stand beside him on his big day.
"Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle," Kensington Palace announced on Twitter this morning. A number of photos of the siblings were posted alongside the reveal, (some formal, some funny) highlighting their close relationship. The palace also pointed out that Harry's returning the favor—back in 2011, he served as William's best man.
How did the father of three respond to the offer? He happily accepted, of course. "The Duke of Cambridge is honored to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George's Chapel, Windsor on May 19th," the announcement reads. This afternoon, reporters caught up with the brothers, People shares, and Harry joked that he "got down on one knee" to ask William to take on the position. "It feels great," William added, stating that he's "thrilled and delighted."
The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George's Chapel, Windsor on May 19th. pic.twitter.com/mQ0eh7Q0pR— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 26, 2018
Earlier this year, William was the joker, quipping that the role of best man was a touchy subject, according to People. "He hasn't asked me yet, just to clear that up. It could be a sensitive subject," he said during a radio interview. But he went on to clarify that the two have an exceptionally close bond. "Our relationship is closer than it's been because of the situation we've been through. Losing our mother at a young age, it's helped us travel through that difficult patch together. You're like-minded," he added. "You go through similar things—it's a bond, and it's something you know you've tackled together and come out better for it."
Now that William has been formally asked to take on the job, nothing is going to deter him from fulfilling his duties—not even the arrival of his newborn son. Luckily, it seems as though he's already accomplished some of his best-man tasks. Late last year, an Us Weekly source reported that William was planning Harry's bachelor (or "stag") party. Even back then, it was clear that William would be his brother's lead groomsman. "Harry has several close guy friends, but there's no way he would ask anyone but William to take on the top job," an Us Weekly insider revealed.