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Royal wedding: Prince William's top secret stag weekend

28 MARCH 2011

Whenever they go out on the town, Prince William and Harry are besieged by photographers.

So when it came to the future King's stag do, the boys opted for something low key, intimate – and top secret.

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A group of 20 of the Prince's closest friends helped him bid farewell to his bachelor days at a private party.

The bash is thought to have been held at a friend's secluded country estate. 

Harry, the best man, had originally decided on a weekend of watersports in Devon. The idea was to avoid the paparazzi, who would have been staking out their favourite London night spots.

But when the press got wind of the plans, Harry and night club promoter Guy Pelly went back to the drawing board.

Though the exact location of the do is unknown, it's thought that one of the stags, Prince Charles' godson Hugh van Cutsem provided the venue.

His father owns a large estate in Norfolk, which would make for the perfect getaway.

Others taking part in the weekend included William's Eton College pal James Meade, and Thomas van Straubenzee – a friend since they attended the same prep school.

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When asked about the weekend, Thomas said the group had been sworn to secrecy.

"I'm very sorry but I have got to keep it a secret. I hope you understand," he said.

Upon the group's return at the end of the weekend, a source at St James' Palace confirmed the stag had taken place but refused to disclose any details.

"I can confirm that Prince William's stag party happened this weekend," said the source. 

"It was an entirely private event and we don't intend to make any further comment."

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