So far, 2018 has certainly shaped up to be a busy year for the royal family, with two new babies expected to arrive in the next couple of months (the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date is thought to be just days away, while her cousin-in-law Zara Tindall is expecting her second child with husband Mike) and two weddings, with Prince Harry set to marry Meghan Markle on May 19th at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tying the knot at the same venue in October.
Despite previously joking that his younger brother ‘hadn’t asked him’ to be his best man yet, it’s taken as a given that Prince William will be fulfilling that role on the day. But with this year’s first royal wedding taking place just a few weeks after the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to welcome her third child, what part – if any – can we expect Kate to play in Meghan and Harry’s ceremony?
According to a new report in Vanity Fair, the Duchess has simply been tasked with enjoying herself like any other wedding guest, rather than worrying about any official duties so soon after giving birth. ‘Frankly, Harry and Meghan are just happy that Kate will be there given that she will only just have given birth,’ a source told the magazine, adding: ‘They have told her there is no pressure on her to do anything, they just want her to enjoy the day.’
While previous reports have speculated as to whether Meghan would ask the Duchess to take on a formal role in her bridal party, Vanity Fair’s source confirms that this is not the case – but that this certainly shouldn’t be interpreted as some kind of snub. After all, royal etiquette would dictate that, as the wife of the future King, Kate should not be a maid of honour to Meghan (she didn't even take on this role officially for her younger sister Pippa last year).
‘Harry and Meghan] just want Kate to be able to enjoy the day and not worry about anything. Harry has said there’s no pressure on her to do anything. They know Kate will have her hands full,’ the source said. Prince George and Princess Charlotte, meanwhile, are expected to act as [page boy and bridesmaid respectively.
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Queen Elizabeth II
Born: 21st April 1926
When Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York was born in 1926, it was not expected that she would ever become Queen: she was third in line to the throne, only becoming heir presumptive after the abdication of her uncle.