The time has finally come for the finishing touches to be gathered together in the palace. The setting is in order, the friends and family are all in town - what’s more to do? The British royal family has completed all the preparations for the most highly anticipated event of the decade: Prince Harry’s wedding.
Prince Harry has always been on to have a mind of his own. He’s a free spirit, always a bit of a jokester, but adores his family to the core. Because of his fun-loving personality, many assumed he would never find it necessary to settle down with a wife.
Much to the surprise of many, when American actress, Meghan Markle, stepped onto the scene, everything changed. Their love story is one out of fairytales. From the moment they met, they’ve been inseparable. They fit together like a perfect puzzle piece, and their love for one another is undeniable.
The moment they finally get to say “I do!” in front of all the world is nigh. At noon on May 19th, they will stand before millions of viewers as they commit their lives to one another forever.
The couple has done a splendid job of letting the public in on a few details along the way. They formally announced their invitations, told their wedding cake flavors, confirmed the Best Man and wedding party, and chosen the perfect departure carriage.
One thing that has yet to be completely confirmed - until now - was the person who would be walking the bride down the aisle. Per tradition, the bride’s father ultimately defaults to this position. It’s one that many dream about their entire lives. Having the opportunity for the man who carefully raised you all your life to give you away to the man who will fill the remaining years of your life with love, support, and adoration.
Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle Sr., was set to fill that role in her wedding and all seemed well for a while. Unexpectedly, news broke that Mr. Markle was having to undergo heart surgery and would, unfortunately, be unable to fulfill that role.
Meghan was undoubtedly heartbroken to not have her father by her side on the most important day of her life but knew that she had very little time to fill the empty role. Many speculations swirled about the various options.
Some thought that Prince William might step up to the task and walk his future sister-in-law down the aisle, while others believed that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, would take on the task. After a bit of consulting with the family and rearranging plans, the role has been filled and confirmed by Kensington Palace. The person who will have the honor to walk Meghan down the aisle is none other than her future father-in-law, Prince Charles!
According to royal sources, “It was Meghan’s wish, and she is grateful for the Prince of Wales to be doing it.” Kensington Palace’s official Twitter account broke the news today with an official statement, saying: “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.”
While this certainly wasn’t in the plan and was unexpected, it surely will make for a special day for both the bride, but also for the proud father-in-law. We cannot wait to see the full day unfold tomorrow, May 19th!