Following speculation that Meghan Markle’s father will not be at her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, Kensington Palace has confirmed that Thomas Markle will indeed be in attendance.
The Queen’s press secretary, Edward Young, shared the news Friday in a statement announcing how members of the public can revel in the opportunity to watch the nuptials at Windsor Castle.
“The first thing I would like to share is that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markle's parents to Windsor for the wedding. Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland will be arriving in the U.K. in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry's family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day," the statement read.
Meghan is Doria Ragland's only daughter. Doria was married to Thomas Markle, but they divorced when Meghan was 6. Meghan lived with her mother, but saw her father regularly.
Doria Ragland resides in Los Angeles. Thomas Markle lives in Mexico.
The press release also confirms that Thomas Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle during the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel.
“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," the statement continued.
The news of Thomas Markle attending his daughter’s wedding comes days after his son, and Meghan’s half-brother, penned a scathing open letter to Prince Harry about his future bride.
In the letter that was obtained by InTouch, the 51-year-old lashes out at the former "Suits" actress for not inviting members of their family to the wedding.
"Her own father didn’t get an invite," he wrote. "What kind of person starts out by using her own father until he’s bankrupt, then forgets about him in Mexico, leaving him broke over mostly all her debts. My father will never recover financially from paying Meghan’s way, nor emotionally from disavowing him."
The May 19 wedding will be Meghan Markle's second trip down the aisle. She was previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson. They met in 2004 and married in Jamaica in 2011. After six years of dating and two years of marriage, Engelson and Markle divorced in 2013, citing "irreconcilable differences."
It will be Prince Harry's first marriage.