When Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle pulled out of the Royal Wedding at the last minute and left his daughter without an escort to walk her down the aisle, Prince Charles stepped in to accompany his future daughter-in-law.
The gesture was sweet in and of itself, but in a new documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, Prince Harry revealed heartwarming details about the moment he asked his dad to take on the job.
“I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,’” Harry shared in a preview for the doc. “For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so of course he’s gonna be there for us.”
Eagle-eyed viewers of the May 19 wedding broadcast may have noticed Harry give a small nod to his dad as he handed off his bride and mouth the words, “Thank you, Pa.” Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shared in the doc that she didn’t hear what was said, but was moved by the moment nonetheless.
“I think that was very touching, sitting where I was, you couldn’t hear what he said. But afterwards watching it on the television, I … I think it was a very … it was a lovely gesture,” she said.
Harry, ever the funny-man, told interviewers that he would have much rather cracked a joke with his dad in the moment but settled for the more appropriate, “Thank you.” He added that of course, he’s grateful to Charles for stepping up.
“You’ve gotta say thank you. Just because he’s my father, that doesn’t mean I can just sort of go, ‘Okay, that’s all, I’ll take it from here,’” he said. “Err, no, that is what I wanted to say but erm … and I was very grateful for him to be able to do that.”
Camilla added that people don’t often see the soft, sweet side of Charles that the rest of the family knows and loves. She brought up the moment after the ceremony when Charles took the arm of Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, to escort her to the registry and then out of the chapel.
“A lot of people, seeing my husband actually take the bride’s mother by the hand to sign the registry, it’s something that moved everybody,” she said. “It’s the things he does behind the scenes that people don’t know about. I don’t think people realize quite how kind he is.”
The documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 airs on BBC Thursday in honour of the Prince’s 70th birthday next week.headlinesMeghan MarklePrince CharlesPrince Harryroyalswedding