Earlier today, Kensington Palace released a new update on the highly-anticipated royal wedding. Prince Charles will take on the role of Meghan Markle’s father and walk the bride-to-be down the aisle this Saturday, May 19, 2018.
It’s noticeable that the announcement said Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle of the Quire. This means only bridesmaids and page boys will accompany Meghan in the first part of the wedding procession – after she is met at the West Door by a member of the clergy. If this is true then Meghan’s feminist decision will be an unprecedented move ever taken in the history of royal weddings.
Meghan’s father- Thomas Markle is recovering from his heart surgery in Mexico. Samantha Markle, Meghan’s half-sister recently said that her father had "suffered at the hands of the media," and had decided "enough is enough." Backstory: He reportedly plotted a scene in which paparazzi caught him preparing for his daughter’s wedding even though it was not confirmed if he would walk her down the aisle or not. He was sorry and was, understandably, upset over the whole situation. He told the press that Meghan contacted him this Monday to check upon his health. But it is affirmative the current medical condition forbids him to fly from Mexico to the United Kingdom in time for the wedding. On Thursday, Meghan confirmed to the public that her father won’t be able to attend her and Harry’s wedding. She also appealed for people to give her father "the space he needs to focus on his health."
In a post-engagement interview with the BBC in November, Prince Harry said that his father was one of the first members of his family to meet Markle. And now, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales agreed to give his future daughter-in-law a royal walk down the aisle. This is not the first time a royal bride has had to have someone other than her father to walk with her. Princess Margaret was walked down the aisle by her brother-in-law, Prince Philip. Queen Victoria also walked two daughters down the aisle. Prince Charles has previously assisted a bride on her big day in 2016 in absence of the bride's father. He walked Alexandra Knatchbull—goddaughter of his past wife, Princess Diana—down the aisle when she married Thomas Hooper.
Buckingham Palace has also confirmed on Friday’s morning that Harry’s grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the highly-anticipated wedding at St George’s Chapel. Prince Phillip retired from his public duties in August and he underwent hip replacement surgery. He has been recuperating at home in Windsor Castle, just a short walk from where the marriage will take place. He is now well enough to be a part of his grandson’s important day.
The Prince will spend his final night of bachelorhood at the Dorchester Collection's Coworth Park in Ascot. The bride will stay at the Cliveden House Hotel, set in a National Trust estate in Taplow, Berkshire, with her mother-Doria Ragland.