Meghan Markle will be walked down the aisle by Prince Charles at her wedding to Prince Harry, it has been confirmed.
Kensington Palace said in a statement Ms Markle asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle at 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,” the statement read.
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Ms Markle’s father Thomas pulled out of the wedding and was reported to have undergone heart surgery this week in a family drama that was played out under the glare of global media attention. Ms Markle said in a statement on Thursday she was sad he could not make it.
Her mother was due to take tea with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother, on the eve of the sumptuous wedding that will be watched by millions across the world.
Outside the ancient stone walls of Windsor Castle, home to the English royal family for nearly 1,000 years, well-wishers mingled with tourists and swarms of television crews under swathes of British and American flags.
Prince Harry will marry Ms Markle, a star of the TV drama “Suits”, in Windsor Castle’s 15th-century St George’s Chapel at a ceremony that begins about 1100 GMT on Saturday.
The newly weds will then be driven around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage.
Markle’s African-American mother, Doria Ragland, was due to meet the 92-year-old monarch on Friday after the yoga instructor charmed her daughter’s future father-in-law when they met on Wednesday, a source close to the royal family said.
Police are expecting more than 100,000 people to throng the streets outside the castle, the queen’s home west of London and the oldest and largest inhabited fortress in the world, and have said there would be tight security for the event.