As Meghan Markle’s father has undergone a surgery and will not be able to attend the Royal wedding, Prince Charles will step into the role of Markle’s father and walk her down the aisle at the St George’s Chapel when she is going to marry Prince Harry tomorrow.
Meghan Markle has asked Prince Charles, her father-in-law-to-be, the Prince of Wales to walk by her side at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after knowing that her father Thomas Markle Sr would not be able to attend the ceremony.
The Palace in a statement stated, “Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire at St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day.”
It added, “The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the Royal Family in this way.”
The palace had revealed earlier that Prince Harry’s niece, three-year-old Princess Charlotte, will be one of the six young girls chosen as bridesmaids at the wedding. Her elder brother, Prince George, aged four, will be a pageboy among a total of 10 children chosen for the roles.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who will marry the prince and Ms Markle, said he thought it was “wonderful” Prince Charles will walk Markle down the aisle.
He said, “He’s a very warm person and that he’s doing this is a sign of his love and concern and support.”
Prince Charles, the 69-year-old heir to the British throne has some practice of this role, having previously escorted Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of his close friend, down the aisle at her high society wedding to Thomas Hooper in 2016.
Prince Harry, 33, has not yet met his future father-in-law, Thomas Markle, a retired TV lighting director who lives in Mexico.
William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are other members of the royal family who will be gracing the occasion.
Meghan Markle, the bride is to stay at the Cliveden House Hotel, set in a historic estate in Taplow, Berkshire, with her mother. As per tradition, the bride and groom are expected to spend time apart from each other on the night before their wedding
The newly-wed royal couple will be doing a tour of the city centre of Windsor in a traditional horse-driven Ascot Landau carriage after they tie the knot.
The details of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses and the pageboys’ uniforms have not yet been revealed.
According to Thames Valley Police, the wedding is expected to attract thousands of people and reporters from around the world to Windsor and that their planning is well under way, with security barriers and CCTV cameras.