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High-ranking Mid-South official refers to royal visit as 'legitimate'

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Several British publications report Prince William and Prince Harry are on the invite list to a Memphis wedding Saturday, May 3. Several British publications report Prince William and Prince Harry are on the invite list to a Memphis wedding Saturday, May 3.
Arbiter says people will likely pay close attention to Prince Harry, after a trip to America ended with the release of naked photos. Arbiter says people will likely pay close attention to Prince Harry, after a trip to America ended with the release of naked photos.
The princes and the duchess are reportedly good friends with British night club owner Guy Pelly, who will wed Lizzy Wilson. The princes and the duchess are reportedly good friends with British night club owner Guy Pelly, who will wed Lizzy Wilson.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A high-ranking Mid-South official tells WMC Action News 5's Kontji Anthony there have been communications overseas regarding the possibility of a royal visit to the Bluff City.

Several British publications report Prince William and Prince Harry are on the invite list to a Memphis wedding Saturday, May 3. Memphians are excited about the possibility and are hoping to extend a warm welcome.

Several British and American entertainment magazines report that the royals will attend, and possibly serve as ushers at, the wedding of Memphis hotel heiress Lizzy Wilson, which would likely be held at Hunt & Polo Club. Wilson is the granddaughter of Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson Sr.

The princes and the duchess are reportedly good friends with British night club owner Guy Pelly, who will wed Wilson.

Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter says it's just speculation the princes will attend Pelly's wedding.

"I think it's just exciting, the idea of having both princes in Memphis at the same time," said Royals correspondent Victoria Arbiter. "There's also talk that Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who are their cousins, have been invited."

She continued, "There's been no confirmation and there won't be confirmation. This is a private event. So, really, the first we're going to know the boys have touched down in Tennessee will be when someone spots them at the airport."

Mid-South officials call the possibility the visit will happen "very strong." Local leaders agree, considering the likeliness of the visit "legitimate."

The official says there has been no direct contact with Buckingham Palace, but several local agencies have been meeting to plan for the possibility of a royal visit.

"Those types of people do have to be contacted because it becomes a security issue. It is a private event," explained Arbiter. "William and Harry have their own private security detail, but it is important to let a city know, to let the police know there are high profile visitors who are going to be in town."

Arbiter tells Kontji that Kate Middleton will likely stay home with the baby to avoid a media circus.

"They're very conscious of the paparazzi presence that comes with them and the media circus it can become. I think that's why reports at the moment are indicating that Kate is staying in London," added Arbiter.

"It could mean more tourists, more visitors, excitement for the area. Just something upbeat," said Memphian April Smith.

Arbiter says people will likely pay close attention to Prince Harry, after a trip to America ended with the release of naked photos.

"After his antics in Vegas 2012, where he admitted afterward he let himself down, he let his family down, I think he's going to be trying to behave himself to the best of his ability," she said.

"I think he'll be behaving himself. This isn't Vegas. I'm sure he probably won't be out on Beale Street," said Memphian Hannah Bailey.

So, when could the royals could arrive? It could depend on royal stepmother Camilla Parker-Bowles.

"There is a funeral this Thursday of Mark Shand, Camilla's brother who sadly passed away in New York last week," said Arbiter. "I would imagine William and Harry will want to attend that funeral. Aside from wanting to pay respects to Mark Shand, they will want to be there for their father."

Arbiter says the event is being billed the party of the century. She says Pelly is quite popular, and the royals have a major security team, so a large British contingency could be headed our way late this week.

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