Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle on Saturday 19th May. [Photo: Getty]
After much speculation as to who might take on the important role, it’s finally been confirmed that Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, will be walking Meghan Markle down the aisle tomorrow.
Prince Charles, Meghan’s father-in-law to be, will walk her down the aisle at St George’s Chapel on Saturday after her father, Thomas Markle, was declared unfit to attend the wedding due to undergoing heart surgery.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2018
Kensington Palace confirmed the news, saying: “Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day.
“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”
Punters had suspected it could be Prince Charles or Prince Phillip to walk Meghan down the aisle. [Photo: Getty]
Odds on Prince Charles performing the duty today stood at 2/1 with Ladbrokes on Wednesday.
It won’t be the first time Harry’s father has stepped up to the plate.
In 2016, Prince Charles gave away close family friend Alexandra Knatchbull at her nuptials after her father, Lord Brabourne, was too unwell at the time.
Just days before her big day, Meghan Markle was confronted with a situation no bride wishes to face, confirming via the Palace that her father would not be attending the wedding.
On Thursday, in Meghan’s first statement, she put a stop to the rumours of whether or not her 73-year-old father would walk her down the aisle on Saturday, saying: “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”
She went on to say: “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I are looking forward to sharing this special day with you.”
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Thomas Markle allegedly staged paparazzi photos of himself in the run-up to the ceremony being held at Windsor Castle on Saturday. A day later, American celebrity website TMZ reported that he had pulled out of the wedding because of the embarrassment caused by the images.
The website claimed Meghan’s father had suffered a heart attack and undergoing heart surgery on Wednesday as a result.
On Monday, Kensington Palace release a statement following the rumours, simply saying: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”
Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, was one of the people thought to be taking on the role tomorrow.
Odds on the 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker giving her daughter away at St George’s Chapel stood at 4/6 with Ladbrokes on Wednesday.
Meghan Markle with her mother Doria Ragland in May 2015 [Photo: Getty]
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