Britain's Prince William will be brother Harry's best man at wedding

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LONDON - Britain's Prince Harry has asked his elder brother Prince William to be best man at his wedding to US actress Meghan Markle next month, his office said.

Harry was William's best man at William's own glittering wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011 and has invited his sibling to repay the favour when he marries Markle at Windsor Castle in just over three weeks' time.

William was happy to be asked. "It feels great; thrilled and delighted obviously," he told reporters at the Greenhouse Centre, a facility that provides sport and social facilities for young people in London.

"Revenge is sweet, I'll be looking forward to this," he said, probably referring to the tradition for the best man to poke fun at the groom in a wedding speech.

Harry, accompanying his brother, said William had "known for months" he would have the role.

William, whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge, had no news on what name would be given to his new son, born on Monday.

"I'm working on that," he said in response to reporters'questions.

William and Kate's third child follows siblings George and Charlotte and pushes Harry down a place to sixth in line to the throne.

William's wedding role means he will miss English football's FA Cup final because it clashes with the May 19 ceremony, media reported. William, President of the Football Association, usually presents the trophy to the winners.

Harry and Markle have invited 600 guests to their wedding and a lunchtime reception afterwards at Windsor, with another 200 attending a private evening event at nearby Frogmore House.

No political leaders are among the invitees. The guests will be people who have an existing direct relationship with the groom or the bride.

However, the couple have invited 1,200 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle as part of the celebrations.

Names of bridesmaids and others in the wedding party have yet to be released.

Markle made her final TV appearance as an actress on Wednesday night, marrying long-time love interest Mike Ross in the US legal drama Suits.

Britain's Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle

  • Britain's Prince Harry is to marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year it was announced Monday, with the Queen leading a chorus of approval and best wishes for the couple who got engaged in secret earlier this month.
  • "His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018," Clarence House, Prince Charles's office, said a statement.
  • The couple's engagement was sealed in London and the prince then informed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, close members of the royal family and had also sought the blessing of Markle's parents.
  • "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness," said a message on the monarch's official Twitter page.
  • The couple will live at Nottingham Cottage in London's Kensington Palace, where his brother William and his pregnant wife Kate live with their two children.
  • Harry's 36-year-old bride-to-be is best known for her role as a lawyer in the hit television show "Suits".
  • Reports that Markle, who is expected to become a duchess, was moving her two dogs -- Guy and Bogart -- to London further fuelled rumours of the first royal wedding since William and Kate in 2011.
  • The actress's parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement they were "incredibly happy" and wished the couple "a lifetime of happiness."
  • "Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person," they said. "To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents."
  • Prince Harry revealed Monday that he proposed to US actress Meghan Markle over roast chicken, and said she would be "unbelievably good" at her new royal role despite its pressures.
  • The couple said they were enjoying "a cosy night" at home in his cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace earlier this month - "trying to roast a chicken" - when he got down on one knee.
  • "She didn't even let me finish, she said, 'can I say yes? can I say yes?' and then there were hugs," Harry said in the couple's first interview since the announcement of their engagement earlier Monday.
  • They revealed they knew little about each other when they were set up on a "blind date" by a mutual friend.
  • Harry said he had never heard of Markle, while the actress added she was largely ignorant about the British royal family and just asked of their friend, "is he nice?" The date went so well they immediately met up again before going camping together for five days in Botswana just a few weeks later.
  • "Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other," Prince Harry said.
  • They spent the first few months after that staying in, cooking dinner and watching television to avoid any public attention.
  • Bookmakers have already started taking wedding related bets, with Westminster Abbey a firm favourite to host the event and fashion label Alexander McQueen favourite to design the dress.