Prince George now not expected to attend his godfather's wedding

Prince George is not expected to attend the wedding of his godfather the Duke of Westminster to Olivia Henson next month, despite being the Duke's godson, according to royal experts. It had been thought the young prince could play a part in the wedding, but this is now not expected to happen.

William. Prince of Wales is to be an usher at the wedding of his close friend Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, next month, reports suggest. The 33-year-old aristocrat and businessman will marry Olivia Henson, 31, at Chester Cathedral on June 7.

William will be among the groom’s party at the 400-person ceremony but his younger brother the Duke of Sussex will not attend, the Sunday Times reported. The Princess of Wales, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is not expected to attend.

The Duke of Westminster is a godson of the King and godfather to William’s son, Prince George. He is also godfather to Harry’s five-year-old son Prince Archie, the Sunday Times reported.

The couple announced their engagement at Eaton Hall in Cheshire in April last year after being together for two years. Reports emerged in December suggesting Harry and his wife Meghan were not on the guest list for their wedding.

The Duke of Westminster topped The Sunday Times 40 Under 40 Rich List this week, boasting a fortune of £10.1 billion. He became an instant billionaire when he inherited his title and control of the historic Grosvenor Estate aged 25 following the death of his father from a heart attack in 2016.

His property company, Grosvenor Group, owns about 300 acres of land in Mayfair and Belgravia, as well as major city centre developments such as Liverpool’s ONE shopping centre, and the duke is part of the royal inner circle.

Emily Nash, HELLO!’s Royal Editor, told A Right Royal Podcas t: “I think there was some expectation by royal fans that George might appear, he might take part as a page boy. And perhaps he might have but this is all happening on a Friday, it's a school day.”

“Aside from everything else that's going on for William and Kate and their family at the moment, it's something they've probably considered at length, because if you take your child out of school for a wedding does that set a precedent? It is a really tricky one.”

The latest edition of the podcast also sees Andrea Caamano and Emily Nash speak to the man behind that portrait of King Charles, the artist Jonathan Yeo, who gives his reaction to his work going viral and reveals how the monarch responded when he saw the painting last November.

They discuss the latest update on the Princess of Wales, and rubbing shoulders with The Windsors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - but not the ones you’re thinking of. They also catch up with David Wiseman, the Duke of Sussex’s friend and Director of International Development at the Invictus Games Foundation, who joined Prince Harry and Meghan on their visit to Nigeria.

Artist Jonathan Yeo told A Right Royal Podcast: “When I showed it to him back in November, when it was sort of three-quarters done… certainly the face was done, the body was sketched and the colour was mostly pretty much as it was, in the end. If he'd been appalled, I think, I might have rethought it and toned it down a bit. But he didn't seem that way."

Of his favourite memes, he said: “There's some funny ones of people seeing his face emerging from a sort of bowl of pasta with tomato sauce. Multiple people have said it looks like Just Stop Oil got there first.”

Fresh from his visit to Nigeria with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, their friend David Wiseman told Emily and Andrea: “There's a power in these tours, there's a power in these visits. What's the role of modern royal? What's their role in today's society? From my perspective, it is to use their positions of influence, to catalyse, to be a force for good, and to maintain positive change and support activity that helps others, whether that's in Britain, across the Commonwealth, or around the world, and they've got a duty and a responsibility to do that. And I think that what the Duke and Duchess have proven on this visit, is they're doing exactly that.”

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