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Well, this is an interesting turn of events. With Meghan Markle‘s father unable to attend the royal wedding and walk his daughter down the aisle to meet Prince Harry, most of us just assumed the next best thing would be her mother, Doria Ragland, her closest and most trusted family member. But in a surprising move, Kensington Palace announced that it will be Harry’s dad, Prince Charles, doing the honours. Sort of.

If you’ll note, not all the way. According to CNN, Meghan will break tradition and start her bridal procession solo, walking herself halfway down the chapel nave. After that she’ll be met by a member of the clergy; the bridesmaids and page boys will walk her to the Quire where Charles will join her and walk her the rest of the way.

How sweet is this? While Doria — who met Charles and Camilla on Wednesday, the Cambridges on Thursday, and is set to meet The Queen today — seemed like the obvious choice, this is a super-sweet alternative way for Meghan to be welcomed into the Royal Family. Plus, Charles–as the father of sons only– has never been able to take on this role, so it’s a nice gesture all around. It’s also a fantastic compromise between the staunch traditions of the BRF and the new wave of royals as they work to modernize the monarchy.

CNN adds that Markle “came up with the plan herself,” and if we didn’t know what girl power was before, now we do.

 

Don’t miss a moment of the festivities; tune in to CTV News’ live special Harry and Meghan: The Royal Wedding Saturday, May 19, starting at 4 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV.ca.

And get up to speed on everything royal wedding related with The Social’s Royal Wedding Show, airing this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.