Will Prince William attend FA Cup final on Prince Harry's wedding day?

Victoria Ward
The Duke of Cambridge during the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley this year - PA

The Duke of Cambridge could attend the FA Cup final on the day of Prince Harry’s wedding, after Kensington Palace insisted the two events “will not clash”.

Both spectacles are due to take place on Saturday May 19.

Prince Harry is expected to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in the morning while the football final would kick off at Wembley, some 20 miles away, at around 5.30pm.

Although the clash could have caused a dilemma for the Duke, who in his capacity as President of the Football Association usually attends the match and presents the trophy, in reality, he was widely expected to prioritise his brother’s wedding, at which he is likely to be best man.

However, it has been claimed that FA officials are consulting with palace aides to ensure there will be enough time for him to get to the match.

When asked whether or not the Duke was planning to attend the Cup final, a Kensington Palace spokeswoman would only point out that the two events will not take place at the same time.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry pictured at the Star Wars premiere last week Credit: Samir Hussein

“We have not gone into the timing of the the wedding but made it clear that the wedding and the FA cup final will not clash,” she said.

The Duke’s attendance would cause surprise amongst FA officials, who last week suggested that they would have to find a non-royal to present the trophy, apparently resigned to the idea that the future King was unlikely to make a mid-afternoon dash across London.

The Duke, however, might be hoping for a re-play of the 2014-15 final, when his beloved Aston Villa lost to Arsenal, the team Prince Harry supports.

Commenting on the fixture clash, an FA spokesman said: "Saturday 19 May promises to be a wonderful day with such a special royal occasion being followed by English football's showpiece event, the Emirates FA Cup Final.

"With millions coming together to watch both events at home and around the world, it will be a day to celebrate."

The Prince and Miss Markle are bucking royal tradition by choosing a Saturday to wed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.

But their choice allows to them to avoid the contentious issue of whether or not the Government should declare a bank holiday to celebrate the marriage.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed on May 19 Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

It will take place around a month after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to welcome their third child

Kensington Palace aides have already said that the wedding will reflect the couple’s “characters and personalities" and be a moment of "fun and joy".

They will say "I do" in the historic surrounds of the Castle's 15th century St George's Chapel.

The Queen as well as the rest of the royal family and Ms Markle's parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, will all be in attendance, while Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to be a pageboy and bridesmaid.