View from the House: Harry and Meghan aren’t the only ‘match’ to be watched by the world


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People all round the world have been awaiting this Saturday with eager anticipation.

The eyes of the world will fall on London as these celebrities finally come together in what promises to be the match of the year. On the one side, that ancient and aristocratic house that has ruled over the nation for so long; on the other, the new nobility of media, glamour and glitz. And as they walk down the aisle – that is, the players’ tunnel at Wembley –Manchester United will take on Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea in what should be a thrilling conclusion to this football season in the 137th FA Cup Final.

To the thousands of loyal fans that support each team, I wish good fortune – and may the best Manchester United win! It will be a great day for the thousands of fans coming to our great city, our great stadium – our great borough. But even they would not claim that on this particular Saturday they will be the match of the day.

Just a few miles to the west of Wembley is another great event: the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. You may have heard something about this over the last six months. They will be starting their married lives together after the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor, just hours before the Wembley event.

The wedding will have an enormous significance. Ms Markle, a Hollywood star, has spoken out in support of women’s rights, while Prince Harry has spoken movingly about his family life and been publically committed to helping disability in former soldiers through his support for the Invictus Games.

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This wedding may have more significance in the long term than the tradition and pageantry of the Wembley Cup Final.

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