Prince Charles Will Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle

Prince Charles will walk his future daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, down the aisle on her wedding day this Saturday. Kensington Palace confirmed today that Meghan has asked her future father-in-law to join the wedding procession after her father, Thomas Markle, confirmed that he would be unable to attend the wedding as planned.

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It’s a bittersweet turn of events for the bride-to-be after a tumultuous week for her father, who has suffered heart troubles and a barrage of bad publicity. Thankfully, Prince Charles has agreed to stand in on the big day. The Palace issued an official statement today, Friday:

Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of 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.

It’s a gesture of support and a warm welcome to the Family by the 69-year-old Prince Charles.

While the Royal Wedding will be full of pomp and pageantry, Meghan Markle will also gesture towards a more modern ceremony. For the earlier half of the procession down the nave of the chapel, Meghan will walk ahead of her bridesmaids and pageboys (including the adorable Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3) – alone.

Tune in to the Royal Wedding tomorrow, Saturday, May 19.