Prince Harry has revealed how his appearance as best man for Prince William at the 2011 royal wedding was ‘all for show’.
And now even friends of the warring brothers suggest the same strategy may have been employed during Harry’s wedding in 2018.
A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘There have been rumors in Harry’s circles for a long time that there was secretly another best man. William was best man in public, but neither the only best man nor the true best man in Harry’s eyes.’
Harry’s big day featured a number of entrants, including fellow polo-player Jack Mann and his closest friend Charlie van Straubenzee, the brother of Prince William’s best friend Thomas.
Prince William and Prince Harry at Meghan Markle’s wedding to the Duke of Sussex. Harry’s friends now suggest there was ‘another best man’ at the wedding besides William
Friends of the warring brothers have now said Prince Harry similarly had ‘another best man’, with fellow polo player Jack Mann taking the role of top usher.
Prince William and his wife, Kate, on their wedding day on April 29, 2011, followed by Prince Harry and Kate’s maid of honor and sister, Pippa Middleton. In his sensational confession, Harry claims he was forced to go along with his brother’s ‘bare-faced lie’ that he was best man
Some friends believe it was an usher who acted as best man, and expressed surprise that the detail was left out of the spare, given that Harry had a fake best man for William. Had accepted the fact of being.
According to a friend, Mr Mann has long been described by those close to him as Harry’s favorite usher – or ‘best man’.
Mr Mann, who is recently engaged, hosted the Duchess of Sussex for dinner parties at his West London home during the early days of her courtship with Harry.
However, she is believed to have split from Harry since the wedding. In Spare, the prince explains that appearances can be deceptive at royal weddings, revealing it was a ‘bare-faced lie’ that he was William’s best man.
Mr who is recently engaged hosted the Duchess of Sussex for dinner parties at his West London home in the early days of her courtship with Harry
Prince Harry sensationally claimed in the book Spare that he was forced to go along with his brother’s ‘bare-faced lie’ that he was best man at their wedding in 2011 (pictured above at Westminster Abbey)
Harry has also alleged that he and the Prince of Wales had a fight after Meghan Markle was called ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’. Pictured together after the Queen’s death in September 2022
Prince William’s close friends, Thomas Van Straubenzee (left) and James Mead (right) gave the traditional best man speech at the couple’s reception instead of Prince Harry
He said that James Meade and Thomas Van Straubenzee, close friends of his brother, had actually given the traditional speech at the reception.
He said: ‘Willie didn’t want me to give the best man’s speech.’
At Harry’s wedding, Meghan broke with tradition by giving a fairy-tale-themed speech of her own, but it was never reported whether Prince William spoke at length — and if he did, Harry did so to spare him. not described to do.
Instead, he says that his brother ruined the dinner seating plans by swapping place cards on their tables so that the couples were seated apart, in English tradition.
It was Meghan’s preference to seat the couple together.
Harry also reveals that William did not want to spend time with her the night before the ceremony and only attended the pre-wedding dinner after the Queen intervened. Last night, Mr Mann said: ‘I’m not going to comment on anything related to this.’
Among other claims amid the 557-page memoir, the Prince described how William was “drunk on last night’s rum” hours before he married Kate while greeting people gathered in The Mall by Buckingham Palace.
Harry recalls saying ‘you smell like alcohol’ before giving Mint to his brother as he rolled down the car window.
The comments came amid her deeply personal war with William – whom she accused of pushing her over a dog bowl during a booing row at Nottingham Cottage in 2019.
The fight reportedly broke out after William called Meghan ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’.
In another alleged fight, Harry claimed his brother ‘threw him’ and ‘twice grabbed his shirt’ in front of King Charles during an argument over Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry said that during a fight after Prince Philip’s funeral, William used a secret code phrase about his mother, Princess Diana.
The California-based royal said Prince William was ‘really steaming’ and grabbed her while trying to get away from the fight.
Harry claimed at the time he was trying to address the bullying allegations made by Meghan, but said his father and brother were ‘not listening’.
Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir will be released in the UK on January 10, but copies have already been leaked and the book was accidentally published early in Spain
William reportedly “grabbed her again” as she tried to pull away and “twisted her” so they could maintain eye contact.
It was when William revealed his ‘secret code’ while swearing on Princess Diana’s life that his intentions were real.
He writes that William said: ‘Harold, you must listen to me! Harold, all I want is for you to be happy. I swear on my mother’s life.
Harry continued: ‘He stopped. I stopped. Pa stopped. He went there.
‘He used the secret code, the universal password. Ever since we were boys, those three words were to be used only in times of extreme distress.’
The Duke claimed that his brother was ‘not at all prepared to accept defeat’ and claimed to be ‘properly sick and sick’ due to the tension between the pair.
William reportedly repeated: ‘I swear to you now on the life of mummy that all I want is for you to be happy’.
Despite his outlandish claims of plunging the royal family into the worst crisis since his mother’s death in 1997, Harry has spoken openly about his desire to reconcile with his father and brother.
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