BRITS are set for a bustling day on May 19 next year, with the FA Cup Final being held just hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed.
But no one is set for a busier double whammy than Prince William, who could be Harry’s best man AND also lift out his duties as President of the Football Association, which any year sees him plate a the prize to the contingent winners.
The royals are sloping to kick off their commitment at noon with footie’s showpiece starting from 5.30pm.
This means that in speculation Prince William could attend both.
A Kensington Palace orator said: “We have not left into the timing of the a marriage but done it transparent that the marriage and the FA crater final will not clash.”
And The Telegraph has reported that house aides are operative with the FA to see if the future aristocrat could attend both events.
The UK will advantage from the two events being promote to an estimated 2.5billion global TV audience.
Expert David Haigh, of Brand Finance, said: “You are looking at it being worth between £500million to £1billion.
“Meghan and Harry are unusually popular.
“We had 350,000 tourists for the last stately wedding, and 800,000 for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
“Up to £150million could be spent on champagne, food and splash alone.
“It will also yield £100million worth of global promotion for Britain.”
Retail sales leapt 17 per cent in the week of William and Kate’s marriage in Apr 2011.
The date lands between the May 7 and 28 bank holidays.
Insiders pronounced the stately couple may opt for a noon start.
TIMES for the big day have not been announced, but the marriage is likely to be late morning and the Cup Final late afternoon.
Here’s how you could enjoy it:
9am: Line your stomach with a king-sized Full English breakfast — or American-style pancakes.
11am: Put on the TV and watch marriage guest arrive at Windsor.
2pm: The happy couple and guest are en track to the reception. Time for sparkle — or a beer?
3pm: Down the drunk to secure a chair for the footie.
7.40pm: Winners lift Cup and dancing is under way at Windsor.
Don your blissful rags and hit the town. The night is still young.
A house source said: “They were looking for a date that would work for as many friends and family as possible.
“We can’t endorse timings nonetheless but are aware it is crater final day.”
The FA hinted at a 5.30pm kick-off, saying: “May 19 promises to be a smashing day with such a special stately arise being followed by English football’s showpiece.”
Prince William is FA boss and author Penny Junor said: “Blood is thicker than William’s ties but he would not have wanted to choose.”
Dan Park, of the Duchess of Cambridge grill in Windsor, said: “We’ve already had people asking to book.”
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