Calling his future son-in-law an “extraordinary young man with one of the kindest hearts I know”, the Duke said: “It’s wonderful watching them interact together.”I have huge hopes and I’m sure they will be massively in love for the rest of their lives.”Your Royal Appointment: Sign up to the Telegraph’s new newsletter for all the latest Royal family news here Prince Andrew has said that Princess Eugenie will enjoy a more star-studded reception at her wedding today than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did at theirs.Early to arrive at the second royal wedding of the year were Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Robbie Williams – with scores more A-listers expected to attend.The Prince said that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have “so many friends”. “It will not be the same as the previous one that was held in May,” he said of the wedding. “It’s not a public wedding, this is meant to be a family wedding.”There will be a few more people than most people have. “There are a few more than Harry had but that’s just the nature of Eugenie and Jack: they’ve got so many friends and they need a church of that size to fit them all in.”He told ITV he had not prepared his father-of-the-bride speech, saying: “I don’t write speeches, why should I write this one?” “It doesn’t make any difference who you are, all the approvals go through the Queen anyway,” he said. “The Queen very firmly said St George’s is where you’re having the wedding so I said aye aye mam, turn to the right, salute and carry on.”We hope for good weather, we don’t know – whatever happens in October.” His role would be “very small”, he added, saying: “I just have to walk slowly.””I think preparations are reasonably on course. i’m not what I would describe as intimately involved in the planning.”The idea to marry at St George’s Chapel came directly from the Queen, the Duke said.
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