Friends hint Harry's 'favoured usher' Jack Mann was his best man

Did Harry have a secret best man too? Friends of the warring royal brothers hint ‘favoured usher’ Jack Mann really had the top job at his wedding… after Duke of Sussex claimed his role at Wills’ and Kate’s wedding was also just ‘for show’

  • Harry said him being the best man at Prince William’s wedding was ‘all for show’ 
  • He made the sensational claims about his brother’s wedding in his book Spare 
  • Sources have now said that there was also ‘another best man’ at Harry’s wedding 
  • He had several ushers on the day including his fellow polo-player Jack Mann 

Prince Harry has recounted how his appearance as best man for Prince William at the 2011 Royal wedding was ‘all for show’.

And now friends of the warring brothers also suggest the same strategy may have been deployed during Harry’s wedding in 2018.

A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘There have long been rumours in Harry’s circle that there was another best man, in secret. William was the public-facing best man but not the sole best man, nor the true best man in Harry’s eyes.’

Harry had several ushers on his big day, including his fellow polo-player Jack Mann and his closest friend Charlie van Straubenzee, brother of Prince William’s best friend Thomas.

Prince William and Prince Harry at the Duke of Sussex’s wedding to Meghan Markle. Friends of Harry have now suggested there was ‘another best man’ other than William at the wedding

Friends of the warring brothers have now said that Prince Harry similarly had ‘another best man’ hinting that his fellow polo-player Jack Mann took on the role of top Usher

Prince William and his wife Kate on their wedding day on April 29, 2011, followed by Prince Harry and Kate’s Maid of Honour and sister, Pippa Middleton. In his sensational tell-all Spare, Harry claimed he was forced to go along with his brother’s ‘bare-faced lie’ that he was the best man

Some friends believe it was an usher who acted as best man, and expressed surprise that the detail had been omitted from Spare, given Harry had confessed to being a fake best man for William.

According to one friend, Mr Mann has long been described by those close to him as Harry’s favoured usher – or ‘best man’.

Mr Mann, who is newly engaged, hosted the Duchess of Sussex for dinner parties at his West London home during the early days of her courtship with Harry.

However, he is thought to have grown apart from Harry since the wedding. In Spare, the Prince explains that appearances can be deceptive at Royal weddings, revealing that it was a ‘barefaced lie’ that he was William’s best man.

Prince Harry sensationally claimed in book Spare that he was forced to go along with his brother’s ‘bare-faced lie’ that he was the best man at his wedding in 2011 (pictured at Westminster Abbey above)

Harry has also alleged that there was a fight between him and the Prince of Wales after he called Meghan Markle ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’. Pictured together after the Queen’s death in September 2022 

Prince William’s close friends, Thomas Van Straubenzee (left) and James Meade (right), gave the traditional best man’s speech at the couple’s reception – rather than Prince Harry

He said his brother’s close friends James Meade and Thomas Van Straubenzee actually gave the traditional speech at the reception.

He said: ‘Willy didn’t want me giving a best man’s speech.’

At Harry’s wedding, Meghan broke tradition by giving a fairy-tale-themed speech of her own, but it has never been reported that Prince William spoke at length – and if he did, Harry does not describe him doing so in Spare.

Instead, he says his brother ruined the seating plan at the evening dinner by swapping place cards on his table so that couples were seated apart, in the English tradition.

It was Meghan’s preference that couples should be seated together.

Harry also explains that William did not want to spend time with him the night before the ceremony and only attended a pre-wedding ushers’ dinner after the Queen intervened. Last night, Mr Mann said: ‘I’m not going to comment on anything to do with this.’

In other claims amid the 557 pages of the memoir, the Prince told of how William was ‘tipsy on last night’s rum’ just hours before he married Kate, while greeting members of the public who had gathered on the Mall by Buckingham Palace. 

Harry recalls that he said to his brother ‘you smell of alcohol’ before handing him mints as he lowered the window of the car. 

The remarks come amid his deeply personal war of words with William – who he accused of pushing him over onto a dog bowl during a blazing row at Nottingham Cottage in 2019.  

The fight allegedly broke out after William called Meghan ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’. 

In another alleged fight Harry claimed his brother ‘lunged’ at him and ‘grabbed his shirt twice’ in front of King Charles during a row over Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Harry said William used a secret code phrase about their mother Princess Diana during the fight following Prince Phillip’s funeral.

Harry has talked openly of wanting to reconcile with his father and his sibling, despite his extraordinary claims plunging the Royal Family into its worst crisis since the death of his mother in 1997. 

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