Prince William might find himself double-booked on 19 May – his younger brother is getting married in the morning and the FA Cup final is in the afternoon.
The Prince usually hands out the trophy at the FA Cup final, in his capacity as President of the Football Association, which takes place at Wembley Stadium – 20 miles away from Windsor Castle.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding date was confirmed last week, many citizens expressed concern for the FA Cup final, and whether the wedding would clash with the schedule.
Kensington Palace released a statement saying that “We have not gone into the timing of the wedding but made it clear that the wedding and the FA Cup final will not clash.”
Reportedly, the wedding will start around noon and the FA Cup final will begin around 5:30 pm local time.
Football Association officials are reported to be discussing with Kensington Palace about the possibility of Prince William attending both events, but Kensington Palace will not confirm.
It is expected that Prince William will prioritize his brother’s wedding, and FA officials are said to be exploring non-royal trophy presenter options in case William cannot attend.
“Saturday 19 May promises to be a wonderful day,” said an FA official in a statement when the wedding date was revealed.
“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.”
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on 29 April 2011, the estimated global television audience was 2 billion people, with 23 million of that audience Americans. It is anticipated that Meghan Markle’s American roots will cause a greater spike in American viewers, and that more American broadcasters will fly over and apply for licenses to air the wedding.