Prince Harry pulled out of attending society wedding of the year after realising 'challenges of his attendance'

6 June 2024, 12:49 | Updated: 6 June 2024, 13:06

Prince Harry and Hugh Grosvenor (right)
Prince Harry has declined an invitation the weding of Hugh Grosvenor (right), the Duke of Westminster. Picture: Getty

By Flaminia Luck

Prince Harry has pulled out of attending the society wedding of the year after realising "challenges of his attendance".

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The Duke of Sussex was invited to the wedding of Hugh Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, to Olivia Henson on Friday.

However, there was an "acknowledgment" on both sides it would be difficult for the Duke of Sussex to attend, according to PEOPLE.

Prince William is expected to act as an usher at the high-profile event held at Chester Cathedral, near his family's 11,000-acre ancestral seat, Eaton Hall.

The two dukes mutually made the agreement and it was an "understanding between the two friends," a source says.

The two brothers are now estranged
The two brothers are now estranged. Picture: Alamy

The decision has avoided the possible drama if both royal brothers attended the event and also eliminated the big day being overshadowed for the couple.

Additionally, with William as an usher, it removes any difficulty of being shown to his seat by his brother.

The Duke of Sussex sends "his love and support and admiration for the couple" for their upcoming wedding.

Hugh is a godfather to Prince Harry and Meghan's 5-year-old son, Prince Archie, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton's eldest son, Prince George, 10.

The Duke of Westminster is also a godson of King Charles and his mother is a godmother to Prince William.

Read more: World War II veteran, 102, dies on his way to D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations in France

Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, attends the wedding in Frensham
Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, attends the wedding in Frensham. Picture: Getty
Hugh Grosvenor is a close family friend to the royals
Hugh Grosvenor is a close family friend to the royal. Picture: Getty

Travelling to the UK is difficult for Harry due to the security challenges.

His official support was removed after he and wife, Meghan Markle, stepped back from royal roles in 2020 and relocated to California.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex can also no longer use Frogmore Cottage, their former home in Windsor Great Park.

Read more: 'Our gratitude is unfailing': King Charles pays tribute to 'remarkable war-time generation' in D-Day 80 memorial speech

London, UK. 9th June 2018. HRH Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, now titled the Duke and Duchdess of Sussex, ride in a horse drawn carriage in the procession along The Mall at Trooping the Colour
London, UK. 9th June 2018. HRH Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, now titled the Duke and Duchdess of Sussex, ride in a horse drawn carriage in the procession along The Mall at Trooping the Colour. Picture: Alamy

Other prominent guests at the wedding will be Grosvenor's sisters, Lady Edwina and Lady Tamara, and their husbands, broadcaster Dan Snow and banker Edward van Cutsem.

The Times described the upcoming wedding as "the most royal nonroyal wedding of the year, with members of Britain’s oldest and wealthiest aristocratic families turning up for the notable event.

Hugh, 33, and Olivia, 31, announced their engagement in April 2023 after two years of dating, and the bride will become the new Duchess of Westminster when they wed.

Hugh inherited the title at age 25 when his father died in 2016.

The family's net worth is estimated at $12.8 billion, making him the richest person in the UK under 40 and the 14th wealthiest overall.

Read more: XL Bully owner was celebrating birthday when she was mauled to death - as videos emerge of her defending breed

The groom's ancestral home, Eaton Hall, is located near Eccleston, Chesire
The groom's ancestral home, Eaton Hall, is located near Eccleston, Chesire. Picture: Alamy

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

England vs Serbia staring XI confirmed ahead of Three Lions' Euro 2024 clash

England vs Serbia staring XI confirmed as Gareth Southgate prepares for Three Lions' opening Euro 2024 clash

Police hunt 21-year-old man following death of boy, 12 in shocking hit-and-run

Police hunt 21-year-old man following death of boy, 12 in 'appalling' hit-and-run

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting

Wes Streeting urges doctors not to strike amid claims manifesto is not the ‘sum total’ of Labour's NHS spending

Clashes erupt between football fans in Gelsenkirchen ahead of England and Serbia's first Euro 2024 match

Clashes erupt between football fans in Gelsenkirchen ahead of England's first Euro 2024 match against Serbia

Southwark council raised more than £2.6 million by issuing 43,300 fines to motorists

Labour council urged to refund motorists after ‘unfairly’ fining thousands of drivers £2.6million

Police rammed the cow

Officer who rammed cow with police squad car removed from frontline duties

England fans in Gelsenkirchen

Thousands of England fans descend on Gelsenkirchen ahead of Three Lions' first Euro 2024 match against Serbia

Queues at Birmingham airport

Travel chaos strikes major UK airport as passengers stuck in lengthy queues

Police rammed the cow

Owner of cow rammed by police gives update on its condition and says officers should be fired for 'disgusting' incident

Officers shot a man threatening football fans in Hamburg

Man shot by police after brandishing 'axe and molotov cocktail' close to Euro 2024 fan zone

Labour's Wes Streeting has called for a debate with Nigel Farage

Labour's Wes Streeting calls for debate with Nigel Farage to take on 'toxic rhetoric' in 'battle of ideas'

Prince William's children have sent him a Father's Day message

'We love you papa': George, Charlotte and Louis send Prince William Father's Day message in first social media post

Labour and the Conservatives would leave the NHS 'worse off than under austerity', the Nuffield Trust has warned

Labour and Tories would leave NHS 'worse off' than under austerity, health think tank warns

Exclusive
Mark Harper has admitted there is a 'hard fight ahead' for the Conservatives to win the election

Minister admits 'hard fight ahead' as poll suggests 'Tory extinction' - but says no deal to be done with Farage

William and Charles have shared Father's Day messages

Prince William sends touching Father's Day message to Charles with new photo, as King also shares childhood video

Labour and the Conservatives will face off in the July 4 election

Labour landslide could see Tories winning just 72 seats, poll finds, as Rishi Sunak's party faces 'electoral extinction'