What to expect from Prince William’s best man speech at the royal wedding

Prince Harry announced last month that he'd be returning the favor of having his brother, Prince William, as his best man. William responded by saying, "It feels great, a real delight ... revenge is sweet."

A look back at Harry's speech at the 2011 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding, gives a few hints at what William might have in store for his little brother and his bride-to-be, Meghan Markle.

"Harry said William was the perfect brother," one party goer told The Mail on Sunday at the time. "It was exactly how you would expect a best man’s speech to be. He cracked loads of jokes about William. He called him a 'dude' several times. He kept coming back to it, saying 'What a dude.'”

Harry went on to say: "William didn’t have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when William suddenly started cooing down the phone at Kate."

The speech included hilarious impressions of the newlyweds: a high-pitched version of Kate calling his brother "Billy" and of William calling Kate "baby."

Harry also poked fun at their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, being dwarfed by Princess Catherine in her three-inch heels, The Telegraph reported. 

Harry's toast was a hit with the couple, leaving Kate emotional, according to reports.

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Harry reportedly worked on his speech with best friends Thomas Van Straubenzee and Guy Pelly and was prepared to tone it down if his grandmother, The Queen, attended. She ended up skipping the evening portion of the event, though.

William and Prince Charles had their moments to poke fun earlier in the weekend at the wedding breakfast.

"The thing about growing older is that your children get taller than you so they can see your bald spots. Now in my case, I can see his," Charles joked about William, The Mail on Sunday reported. William responded: "You got there before Harry!"

William and Harry's speeches both reportedly included references to their late mother, Princess Diana, as well.

When his speech was over, Harry, in a pro best man move, insisted that bacon and sausage sandwiches were available at the end of the reception, The Telegraph reported. 

The final details before the big day!

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The guest list

Although the guest list hasn't officially been released -- and we won't know for sure who made the cut until the big day -- many high-profile figures have hinted whether or not they scored an invite. 

Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and David and Victoria Beckham are all expected to attend, alongside Meghan's Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. 

Since Harry isn't heir to the throne, they aren't expected to invite anybody on an official capacity. President Trump, Melania Trump and the Obamas are not expected to attend.  

The page boys and bridesmaids 

Just a few days before the big day, Prince Harry and Meghan finally revealed who would be part of their pack of bridesmaids and page boys. As expected, two of Duchess Kate and Prince William's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will take part. Other bridesmaids include Harry's goddaughters Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren, Meghan's goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, as well as Jessica Mulroney's daughter Ivy.

Along with Prince George, page boys include Brian and John Mulroney and Jasper Dyer.

The first dance 

The royal couple has chosen quite an unexpected song for their first dance. According to reports, Harry and Meghan will take the dance floor as man and wife, dancing to Whitney Houston's hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

The flowers

In a press release from April 1, it was announced that the couple had chosen Philippa Craddock to design their flowers for the church ceremony.

"Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” the press release said

The cake 

In March, it was announced that Claire Ptak would be the baker behind Meghan and Harry's wedding cake. The elderflower-flavored creation will incorporate the bright flavors of spring, and "be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers."

Claire's creations were already on Meghan's radar: She interviewed the baker for her lifestyle blog The Tig, which has since been shut down. 

The entrance 

Meghan and Harry will ride in the Ascot Landau, a horse-drawn carriage built in 1883, while departing St. George's chapel following the ceremony. It'll take then through Castle Hill to Windsor Castle. If it rains, they'll have to switch to the Scottish Stage Coach, which was built in 1830 and offers a covering. 

The entertainment

In late April, it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan have hand-selected a number of choirs and musicians to perform on their big day. 

According to US magazine, "The performers are Vivian’s choir; 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir; an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia; Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas; trumpeter David Blackadder; organist Luke Bond; and State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry."

The night before

According to reports, Meghan and Harry will spend the night before their wedding apart, in two different lavish hotels in London. 

Meghan will stay with her mother, Doria, at Cliveden House Hotel. Prince Harry will be joined by brother and best man Prince William at Cosworth Park. 

The reception 

Following the service, there will be two receptions. The first will be held at St. George's hall for the guests from the ceremony. The second celebration will be held at Frogmore house for a more select group, including the couple's family and friends. 

The menu

Not only will the receptions be joined by food trucks (!) but the dishes served will include "the freshest produce" sourced from places like Her Majesty's estates. One item on the menu? Seasonal bowls. 


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