In Pictures: The Royal Brothers, Prince Harry the Groom and Prince William the Best Man

Take a look back at some of Prince Harry and Prince William's best moments.Newsweek
Princess Diana holds Prince William (6) and Prince Harry (3) on a day out in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (1987)REUTERS/Hugh Peralta

It must be pretty tough to be a royal sometimes.

As we’ve seen from the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child, the spotlight is bright from day one. Everything you do is placed under a magnifying glass for the world to see, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Prince Harry knows that all too well, having been branded a “bad boy” for a string of antics including smoking weed, drinking champagne from a prosthetic leg and cheating in school. Most people have probably done a lot worse—they just aren’t being watched 24/7.

When you’re in a situation as unique as being a royal child, the saving grace can often be your siblings. Prince William and Prince Harry have always had each other’s backs—the one other person who has experienced life through the same lens.

Over the years, the pair has vacationed together, they’ve attended rugby matches and they’ve always found time for a bit of polo.

It was a surprise to no one then when Prince William asked Prince Harry to be his best man in 2011. Prince Harry suited up to stand by his brother in Westminster Abbey.

Suddenly, two became three. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined Prince William and Prince Harry in their unique life experience. Middleton joined in on the photos, almost turning Prince Harry into a third wheel.

Then came Meghan Markle. Prince Harry will wed the Suits actress at Windsor Castle on May 19.

And sure enough, Prince Harry has returned the honor to Prince William—his brother will be his best man.

But before Prince Harry takes that final plunge, let’s take a look back at the brothers’ journey together throughout the past three decades.

Prince Charles and his two sons, William (L) and Harry, try to shake hands with head mistress Jane Mynors on the occasion of Harry's first day at school on September 16, 1987. REUTERS/Peter Skingley
Princess Diana holds Prince Harry as her older son Prince William (L) looks out over the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on June 11, 1988. REUTERS/Stringer
Prince Charles, Lady Diana, and their sons Prince William and Prince Harry during a photo opportunity in Palma De Mallorca, Spain on August 13, 1988. REUTERS/Stringer
A few years later, Prince William aims to make Prince Harry smile on board a boat in the British Virgin Islands. (1990)REUTERS/Rob Taggart
On the same vacation, Prince Harry sits in his mother’s (Princess Diana) lap, accompanied by Prince William and the boys’ grandmother (Frances Shand-Kydd). (1990)REUTERS/Rob Taggart
Prince William and Prince Harry wave from the Royal Yacht Britannia in Toronto, Canada. (1991)REUTERS/Andy Clark
Princes' William (R), and Harry walk through the River Dee with Royal Nanny Tiggy on a day out in the Highlands near Balmoral October 22, 1994. REUTERS
Prince Charles takes both his sons tobogganing in the snow. They take a break to chat to the media. (1995)REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
The family of four suits up to attend a heads of state ceremony in Hyde Park in 1995. It commemorated the 50th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe, the day Nazi Germany surrendered to the allies in World War II). (1995)SCANNED FROM NEGATIVE REUTERS/Dylan Martinez DM/CMC
Prince Charles stands with his sons Princes William (R) and Harry on the banks of the river Muick near Ballater August 16, 1997. REUTERS
Tragedy struck in 1997 as Princess Diana died in a car crash. Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry leave the church in Balmoral. (1997REUTERS/Stringer
Prince Charles and his sons look upon flowers left outside Kensington Palace in memory of Princess Diana. (1997)REUTERS

It must be pretty tough to be a royal sometimes.

As we’ve seen from the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child, the spotlight is bright from day one. Everything you do is placed under a magnifying glass for the world to see, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Prince Harry knows that all too well, having been branded a “bad boy” for a string of antics including smoking weed, drinking champagne from a prosthetic leg and cheating in school. Most people have probably done a lot worse—they just aren’t being watched 24/7.

When you’re in a situation as unique as being a royal child, the saving grace can often be your siblings. Prince William and Prince Harry have always had each other’s backs—the one other person who has experienced life through the same lens.

Over the years, the pair has vacationed together, they’ve attended rugby matches and they’ve always found time for a bit of polo.

It was a surprise to no one then when Prince William asked Prince Harry to be his best man in 2011. Prince Harry suited up to stand by his brother in Westminster Abbey.

Suddenly, two became three. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, joined Prince William and Prince Harry in their unique life experience. Middleton joined in on the photos, almost turning Prince Harry into a third wheel.

Then came Meghan Markle. Prince Harry will wed the Suits actress at Windsor Castle on May 19.

And sure enough, Prince Harry has returned the honor to Prince William—his brother will be his best man.

But before Prince Harry takes that final plunge, let’s take a look back at the brothers’ journey together throughout the past three decades.