Prince Harry Says He Didn’t Choose Prince William as His Best Man, Claims Palace Lied

windsor, united kingdom may 19 prince harry left walks with his best man, prince william duke of cambridge, as he arrives at st georges chapel at windsor castle for his wedding to meghan markle, on may 19, 2018 in windsor, england photo by brian lawless wpa poolgetty images
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's 2018 wedding may have seemed like a fairy tale, but the Duke of Sussex reveals there was more to the milestone day than what met the eye.

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The royal writes in his new memoir, Spare, available today, that he didn't actually choose his older brother, Prince William, to be his best man, as Buckingham Palace initially claimed. Harry writes that he instead chose his "old mate Charlie" to fulfill best-man duties.

The night before his and Meghan's wedding, Harry claims that William "canceled last minute" on plans to get drinks with him and his friends. "He'd told me, just before he attended tea with Granny: Can't do it, Harold. Kate and the kids," Harry writes. "I'd reminded him that this was our tradition, that we'd had dinner before his wedding, that we'd gone together and visited the crowds. He held fast. Can't do it."

The duke says he pushed back against his brother, imploring him, "Why you being like this, Willy? I was with you the whole night before you married Kate. Why you doing this?"

He continues, "I asked myself what was really going on. Was he feeling bad about not being my best man? Was he upset that I'd asked my old mate Charlie? (The Palace put out the story that Willy was the best man, as they'd done with me when he and Kate married.) Could that be part of it?"

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Harry previously alleged that William also did not choose him as best man for his wedding, when he married Catherine, Princess of Wales, in 2011. Acting as the best man for their ceremony at Westminster Abbey was a "bare-faced lie," Harry writes in his memoir.

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