Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy convinced him to remove a line from his best man's speech about Kate Middleton's 'killer' legs for fear it would embarrass the bride, a royal author claims.
The Duke of Sussex was Prince William's best man at the 2011 royal wedding and the emotional speech he went on to deliver reportedly left Kate with tears in her eyes.
Harry, who now lives in Montecito, Santa Barbara, with pregnant wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie, helped make the day almost 10 years ago on April 29 especially memorable for the newlyweds.
The 36-year-old was behind a surprise for the couple after they shared their memorable Buckingham Palace balcony kiss.
Katie Nicholl wrote the biography Harry: Life, Loss, and Love in 2017 and reveals details of Harry’s speech at Buckingham Palace.
Ms Nicholl wrote: “It was affectionate, warm and funny and touched William deeply.
“When he said the couple’s decade-long romance was his inspiration, there was a shy smile from Chelsy, while Kate shed a tear.
“The speech was peppered with Harry’s classic sense of humour, and he ribbed his brother: ‘William didn’t have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when William suddenly started cooing down the phone at Kate.’
“Famous for his mimicry, Harry then impersonated his brother calling Kate ‘Babykins’, to much laughter from the guests.”
Ms Nicholl added: “She [Chelsy] had helped Harry edit the best man’s speech, sensitively advising him to take out a line about Kate’s ‘killer legs’ that might have embarrassed the bride.”
Prince Harry also took responsibility alongside Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton for “transforming the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace into a nightclub” by organising disco balls and “giant glass bowls of Kate and William’s favourite Haribo sweets”.
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Ms Nicholl wrote: “Harry happily took on the role of master of ceremonies and made sure everyone was having a great time.”
Meanwhile, according to Ms Nicoll, Zimbabwean-born Chelsy went on to decide that royal life "was not for her" after the wedding and an on-off romance with Harry for seven years.
Ms Nicholl wrote: “Being part of the royal wedding had made Chelsy’s mind up once and for all.
“The life of a royal bride was not for her and she told Harry she could never make the sacrifices Kate had made.”
One of Chelsy’s friends told Ms Nicholl: “It was just after the royal wedding when she realised she couldn’t cut it.
“She saw what it would be like in the spotlight, and she didn’t want that life for herself.
“She truly loved Harry, but knew this wasn’t a life she could lead.”
Harry and Chelsy “remained on good terms” and she was even a guest at his 2018 wedding to Meghan at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
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