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Why Prince William won't be 'best man' at his brother's wedding next year.

Approximately 168 hours ago, the world was given a delightful slice of good news when Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were set to wed.

Since then, everybody royal watchers have been obsessed with every tiny detail of the couple’s lives – from how Harry proposed to Meghan’s bizarre skincare secrets – and their upcoming nuptials.

Within 24 hours of the engagement announcement, the royal family had confirmed the pair would marry in May 2018, with the Queen granting permission for the ceremony to take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

It was also confirmed that the Queen would be footing the bill for all things royal wedding, including the music, the flowers and even the reception.

But one question still remains: who will be in the next royal wedding? Will Prince William stand by his little brother’s side as best man when he weds the Suits actress?

Unfortunately, the most likely answer is no.

But that’s only because William won’t officially be allowed to be called the ‘best man’, because as a royal, the term simply doesn’t exist.

British and European royalty expert Marlene Koenig told Town & Country that in the world of royal, the term ‘best man’ is… well, it’s just not a thing.

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No, Prince William will not be Harry's 'best man' at the wedding. Image via Getty.

"The best man or best men are officially called supporters," she told the magazine.

"William will probably be Harry's supporter."

It's worth pointing out that the brothers are known for breaking protocol - Harry was named best man when he married Kate Middleton in 2011 - so the world could very well be surprised come May.

Koenig also believes it's very likely Prince George and Princess Charlotte will also make an appearance in the wedding party, most likely as page boy and junior bridesmaid.

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These two rascals are likely to be in Uncle Harry's wedding party. Image via Getty.
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But their mother, Kate Middleton - who is due to welcome her third child in April, a month before Harry and Meghan's nuptials - will not.

"The Duchess of Cambridge barely knows Meghan," Koenig told the Town & Country.

"For another, she is the future queen consort when William becomes king after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride."

As a married woman, traditionally the only title Kate would hold in the wedding party would be Matron of Honour, a spot she didn't even fill for her own sister Pippa's wedding earlier this year.

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Kate wasn't even the maid of honour at her own sister's wedding. Source: Getty.

There are a number of other 'royal wedding traditions' that Meghan and Harry are expected to follow on their big day.

For one, Meghan is expected to wear white, despite the fact she has been married before, and must pose for an official wedding portrait with the royal family.

The Queen is also responsible for sending out invitations for the event.

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