Sunday 20 January 2019

Why BOD may have to say no to royal wedding

It seems that securing an invite for the royal wedding of the year was the easy part for Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll and wife Amy Huberman.

But actually attending the nuptials of prince William and Kate Middleton could prove far harder for the celebrity duo, given that it clashes with what could be a crucial stage in Leinster's Heineken Cup campaign.

The team will compete against Leicester at Aviva in the quarter-final stages of the campaign on April 9, with the winner of that clash going on to play in the semi-finals.

Yet that crunch game is scheduled to take place on the same weekend as the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, proving a major headache for the couple.

Should Leinster go through, as we all hope, it would make it nearly impossible for the Irish rugby hero (32) to attend any social engagements that weekend -- even if that involves hob-nobbing with the creme of European monarchy.

A spokesperson for Amy Huberman (31) said that the couple RSVPing to the ceremony was 100pc reliant on Brian's rugby schedule.

"They are very honoured to have been invited but obviously their attendance is dependent on the rugby schedule," said publicist Joanne Byrne.

"I was joking with her saying that if they do go, she'll have to be sure to wear an Irish designer. It's a huge honour, given that they're among 1,900 people to have been invited to Westminster."

It's understood that Brian has met Prince William on a number of occasions during his lengthy rugby career.

mfinn@ herald.ie

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