The One Royal Rule Prince Harry Might Break at His Wedding

It's for a very important reason.

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Prince Harry hasn’t been shy about breaking royal protocol on one or two occasions. In fact, our favorite red-haired royal has been spotted getting cuddly with his fiancée, Meghan Markle, in public—a strict no-no for royal couples in the past. (Thankfully, he isn’t alone. Here are 12 more times the royal family has broken their own protocol.)

Now that Prince Harry is planning his wedding to Meghan, some might expect another departure from tradition. So far, though, the big occasion appears to be going by the book. The fiancée, the date, and even the venue are all Queen Elizabeth-approved.

There is one slight deviation, however. Prince Harry has asked Prince William to be his best man. This is usually not seen in British royal weddings, which traditionally do not include a best man in the proceedings. The groom typically chooses a “supporter,” instead, royal expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country.

This isn’t the first time this rule has been broken. Prince William asked Prince Harry to be his best man at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, too. On the other hand, these are the 14 etiquette rules the royal family must always follow.

On April 26, 2018, Kensington Palace confirmed the news: “Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle.”

Harry has several close guy friends, but there’s no way he would ask anyone but William to take on the top job,” an anonymous source told US Weekly.

There are still plenty of other royal customs to sort out before Harry’s bride walks down the aisle, though. For example, this is why Meghan won’t technically be called a princess.

[Source: Insider]

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Brooke Nelson
Brooke Nelson is a researcher at PBS FRONTLINE in Boston, Massachusetts, and writes regularly about travel, health, and culture news for Reader’s Digest. Previously she was a staff writer at Reader's Digest. Her articles have also appeared on MSN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance, among other sites. She earned a BA in international relations from Hendrix College. Follow her on Twitter @BrookeTNelson.