With all eyes currently on Prince William and Kate Middleton, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about young Harry. Safely back from his heroic 200-mile charity trek in the Arctic (congrats!), Harry's quickly thrown himself back into his Apache Helicopter training course with the British Army Air Corps.
But it's been just as much about the wedding recently for the young prince as it has for groom-to-be William. Having recently helped pull off the stag do, I hear Harry's also had a rather large hand in organizing the evening wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.
"The DJ, the playlists, cocktail menu, food ideas. . .so much is all from Harry," a palace aide tells UsMagazine.com. "Bless Harry, he's put his heart and soul in to it. There is very little being planned by a party planner for the latter half of the evening reception [which is split in to two halves]. It's all about the young crowd and Harry wanted to make it fun and appropriate. When in London, he's attended meetings at St. James' Palace with a number of other staff to make sure William and Kate get exactly what they want that night. This is one of his gifts to them."
As the event planning comes to a finish (I hear Fiona Cairns' wedding cake is already at Buckingham Palace!), details of who's attending have also started to surface. And it makes for quite the read!
A leaked list of attendees (which Us has verified with three palace sources) includes a rather startling six exes. Kate has invited her ex-boyfriend Rupert Finch (who she dated at St. Andrews University before William) and her high school crush Willem Marx. While William will have the uncomfortable pleasure of seeing exes Arabella Musgrave (university ex), Rose Farquhar (first girlfriend), Jecca Craig (rumored first love) and Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Galthorpe (yes, really) sat in the pews of Westminster Abbey. Crikey!
Most importantly though, I can confirm that Harry's on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy has been invited to all three events on April 29. Notes a mutual Harry pal: "How could he not have Chelsy there? She's the most important girl in his life!"
Indeed. Harry has also requested permission for Chelsy to join the newlyweds and other family members at St. James's Palace, after the wedding reception. "She'll be able to get changed for the evening, and spend some private time with Harry," says an aide. "He wants her to be as involved as possible."
By Omid Scobie, European Bureau Chief, for UsMagazine.com.
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