The highlight of the year is set to come in May 2018 – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly-anticipated wedding. But one thing is sure, the Duchess of Cambridge will not play bridesmaid or act as maid of honour for the couple’s big day. According to royal expert and author Marlene Koenig, the Duchess will not have a prominent role even though her daughter Princess Charlotte will no doubt be a bridesmaid. "The Duchess of Cambridge barely knows Meghan," explained Marlene via Cosmopolitan. "For another, she is the future Queen consort when William becomes King after his father, and would unlikely be an attending person to another royal bride."
Earlier on this year, Kate chose to forgo the honour in order to not overshadow her sister Pippa Middleton on her big day. "Kate would upstage her sister," royal author Judy Wade told People magazine in 2016. "It's a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well? But if your sister is a future Queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible." At Kate's wedding in 2011, Pippa served as her bridesmaid and stunned the world in her form-fitting ivory Alexander McQueen gown.
Meanwhile, Meghan has an extensive social circle of close and trusted friends, so she will have a tough decision on her hands when it comes to picking her bridesmaids. The couple, who announced their engagement last week, will exchange vows at Windsor Castle in May 2018. The Suits actress, 36, is widely rumoured to select her long-time friend Jessica Mulroney or Lindsay Jill Roth, who picked Meghan to be her bridesmaid at her own wedding in August 2016.