Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman

Brian O’Driscoll’s wife Amy is to attend Britain’s Royal wedding on Friday – even though she has never met the bride or groom and knows none of the other guests!

The Ireland rugby captain, who became friendly with Prince William during a Lions tour, can’t attend due to Leinster’s big Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulouse this weekend.

His actress wife Amy Huberman has never met Prince William or his bride to be Kate Middleton but will travel solo to Westminster Abbey for the lavish wedding.

“Amy decided to go to the wedding a few weeks ago,” said her spokeswoman Joanne Byrne.

“When Leinster beat Leicester in the quarter-finals, she and Brian knew he couldn’t go and talked about it. They checked the royal wedding etiquette to ensure it was okay.

“She’s very happy to be representing her husband and although not officially representing Ireland, she is very proud to be there.

“She doesn’t know any of the guests but it’s something to tell future generations of O’Driscolls.”

Huberman won’t go to the entire ball however. She is one of 1900 guests invited to the Westminster Abbey ceremony but that’s where her Royal experience will end.

Just 600 guests have been invited to a champagne reception at Buckingham Palace after the wedding and Huberman isn’t one of them.

Nor is she amongst the elite 300 who will go on to an evening reception hosted by Prince Charles.
Still to reveal details of her outfit for the Royal wedding, Huberman is planning to wear an Irish designer’s dress.

Joanne Hynes, Synan O’Mahony and Tim Ryan are amongst her favorite Irish designers although she chose Welsh designer Stephanie Allin for her wedding dress last year.

O’Driscoll, who met Prince William in New Zealand in 2005, and his wife initially thought the invite was a joke when it landed on their door.

But rugby comes first for the Irish captain who has a big role to play for Leinster when they face Toulouse in the Heineken Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“As big an honor as it was to be invited, I can’t ask for team runs to be at half-six in the evening so I can go to the royal wedding,” said O’Driscoll.