The Reason Prince Harry Made Kate Middleton Cry on Her Wedding Day

Weddings can be pretty stressful and sometimes those involved in the big event end up in tears. Royal fans may recall reports that leading up to Meghan Markle‘s wedding, the bride made Kate Middleton cry during a dress fitting. The Duchess of Sussex later claimed that the Duchess of Cambridge actually made her cry. Even if Meghan didn’t make Kate cry, Prince Harry apparently did.

Here’s what a royal author has said about the reason Harry had Kate in tears on her wedding day.

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry looking somber at the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme
Kate Middleton and Prince Harry looking somber at the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry was the best man and ring bearer at Prince William and Kate’s wedding

Prince William and Kate tied the knot during a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. The couple said “I do” in front of around 2,000 guests and millions more watching across the globe. 

The Duke of Cambridge tapped his younger brother to be not just his best man but also the ring bearer that day. Harry’s military uniform was fitted with a special pocket for the safekeeping of the ring.

One of the many memorable moments from the royal wedding was when Kate was walking down the aisle to meet the groom and Harry turned around to look at the bride and let William know she looked lovely, whispering: “Wait ’til you see her.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton, followed by best man Prince Harry and maid of Honor Pippa Middleton leaving Westminster Abbey after wedding ceremony
Prince William and Kate Middleton followed by best man Prince Harry and maid of honor Pippa Middleton leaving Westminster Abbey after wedding ceremony | KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP via Getty Images

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Why Harry made Kate cry at the reception

Following the duke and duchess’s nuptials, there was a lunchtime reception at Prince Charles’ Clarence House residence before another reception at Buckingham Palace that evening.

At many receptions, the best man gives a speech and Prince Harry did just that. According to royal author and commentator Katie Nicholl, Harry’s words cued quite a few tears to flow from some in attendance including the bride.

In the biography Harry: Life, Loss and Love, Nicholl revealed how touching Harry’s best man speech was. “It was affectionate, warm, and funny and touched William deeply,” she wrote (per Express). “And when he said the couple’s decade-long romance was his inspiration… Kate shed a tear.”

Nicholl added that “At one point, Harry is said to have called William ‘the perfect brother’ and said he loved Kate ‘like a sister.'”

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry smiling for photo as the leave a Service of Thanksgiving
Kate Middleton and Prince Harry smiling for a photo as they leave a Service of Thanksgiving | Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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Prince Harry got his wish

When Harry spoke about William and Kate’s relationship being something he aspired to have it was in the presence of his then-girlfriend Chelsey Davy. The Duke of Sussex’s relationship with Davy didn’t last but he did find love again.

On May 19. 2018, Harry married Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Prince William serving as his best man.

Today, Meghan and Harry have two children and are living in California after stepping down as senior royals in 2020.