After months of speculation over who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel during her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, Kensington Palace has now confirmed that Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, will have the honour. The wedding hasn’t even started and we’re already tearing up a bit.
Until now, it’s been unclear who would perform the honoured task, with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Harry’s brother Prince William both listed as possible contenders. Just this week, InTouch Weekly published a scathing letter from Meghan’s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr., who among many things criticized Meghan for not asking her father to walk her down the aisle. Looks like Markle Jr. missed reading the last family newsletter.
Posting on the official Twitter page of Kensington Palace on Friday, the palace wrote “Both of the bride’s parents will have important roles in the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, Ms. Ragland will travel with Ms. Markle by car to Windsor Castle. Mr. Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle of St George’s Chapel. Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.”
Today we have provided an update on the Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
Read the full statement here: https://t.co/bhrPnJtrNm
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 4, 2018
Meghan’s parents will both arrive in the U.K. one week before the wedding, giving Harry’s new in-laws time to meet the royal family and be briefed on what will undoubtedly be a very tightly run ship around the ceremony. While Doria, who lives in Los Angeles, has met Harry a handful of times, this will be the first meeting for Thomas, who lives in Mexico, and Harry. Although Harry and his future father-in-law haven’t met, Harry did reportedly reach out to Thomas to ask for his permission to propose to Meghan.
Harry’s family will also be heavily involved in the ceremony, with his brother Prince William acting as his best man. Though it’s not confirmed, it’s highly likely that Harry’s niece Charlotte and nephew George will be a Bridesmaid and Page Boy, with the two already gaining wedding experience at their Aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017.
According to Friday’s palace update, all three siblings of the late Princess Diana will also be in attendance, with Diana’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes performing a reading.
With just over two weeks left until the big day, Friday’s announcement from the palace confirmed that more details around the royal wedding, including details on bridesmaids and page boys, updates on the flowers and wedding cake, and the order of events will be published soon.