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Good things come in threes. Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir Carter; Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron; Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry—they’re all examples of iconic duos and their perpetual, but beloved, third wheels. But as fun as crashing a party of two can be, all third wheels must eventually embrace their individual destiny (or just take a hint). In honor of Prince Harry’s upcoming royal wedding, here’s a look back at everyone’s favorite royal gooseberry. Come May 19, he’s all yours, Meghan Markle.

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When Harry Lent Kate a Helping Hand

William, for one, wasn’t impressed. 

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And Weighed In on Her Texting Game

Turns out, he’s a real stickler for proper grammar.

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When He *Really* Leaned Into His Role as The Royal Date Crasher

Whether he was looking for someone to relieve him of his third-wheel duties or was simply an enthusiastic spectator, we’ll never know.

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And Perfectly Summed Up What It Feels Like to Hang Out with a Couple 24/7

Headphones? Check. Grimace? Check. A desire to be anywhere else in the world? Looks like a check. 

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When He Pledged Allegiance to Gryffindor with Will & Kate

We’re totally digging the Ron Weasley vibes. 

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And Combined His Royal Powers with Theirs

“One, two, three: Go, Ka-will-arry!”

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When He Was the Happiest Tagalong Anyone’s Ever Seen

Even Kate was amused. 

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AND PERFECTLY DISPLAYED SOME FAMILIAL PDA

“I’ve got your back, bro.”

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When He Executed the Perfect Photobomb

Watch and learn, George. 

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And Finally, When He Started His Solo Career

Sayonara, single life! Next stop: marital bliss with Meghan Markle

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