Prince Harry just tied the knot with Meghan Markle, but it looks like he has another wedding in his future. This August, Harry’s childhood friend Charlie van Straubenzee is marrying filmmaker Daisy Jenks, and the Duke of Sussex will be acting as best man. The two have been friends since they were kids when they attended Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire.
According to The Daily Mail, van Straubenzee and his brother Thomas – Princess Charlotte’s godfather – were both ushers at the royal wedding last month. And, the 29-year-old joined Prince William in toasting Harry during the evening reception at Frogmore House where he talked about the “strawberry blonde prince” and recounted some of his antics when they were younger.
Van Straubenzee reminisced about when they shared a dorm together, where Harry was the “dormitory monitor.” He then asked, how can you put someone in charge of a dorm when they behave worse than the whole dorm combined?
Now, it looks like Harry will have the chance to return the favor.
In the past, cameras have caught the good friends together at different events, like the 2015 Rugby World Cup when England played Australia.
As for Harry and Markle, the newlyweds may have delayed their honeymoon, but they did just sign a two-year lease for a country home in the Cotswolds called Westfield Large. The couple’s permanent residence is Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, but it is currently undergoing renovations. So, they are temporarily living in a 21-bedroom apartment inside the palace. Their new country home will most likely be a weekend retreat.
The home sits on the 4,000-acre Great Tew Estate, and according to its website is an English countryside fantasy. The Duke and Duchess spent the weekend before their wedding at the home, and Markle hosted her bridal shower at Soho Farmhouse hotel which is also on the estate’s grounds. Wedding guests David and Victoria Beckham also have a house on the property.
“Meghan loves the Cotswolds and fell in love with the estate the first time she went,” says an insider.
However, this isn’t the only new property Harry and Meghan Markle will enjoy. The Queen often gives property as a wedding gift, and after Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011, she gave them the 10-bedroom Anmer Hall on her private Sandringham Estate. So, she will most likely do something similar for Harry and Meghan.
The palace has yet to make an announcement, but the speculation is York Cottage is a strong possibility.
Prince Harry has not confirmed or denied if he will be in van Straubenzee’s wedding party.