Meghan Markle Asks Prince Charles to Walk Her Down the Aisle After Father Bows Out

Playing Prince Charles to Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle at Royal Wedding

Meghan Markle will have a father escorting her down the aisle — just not her own.

Kensington Palace announced Friday, just one day ahead of Saturday's hugely anticipated royal wedding, that her soon-to-be father-in-law and future King of England will do the honors.

"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 palace said in a statement. 

Prince Charles "is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way," the palace added.

The announcement comes just a day after Markle issued a statement saying her own father, Thomas Markle, would not be at the wedding after days of speculation.

"Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," she said Thursday. "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."

Prince Harry is reportedly crushed over his soon-to-be wife’s family drama, believing he's to blame for all the scrutiny on her father. 

In an interview the couple gave to the BBC following their November engagement announcement, Meghan Markle said that when it comes to her family drama, she and Prince Harry just push forward. 

"We have just focused on who we are as a couple," she said. "So when you take all those extra layers away and all of that noise, I think it makes it really to just enjoy being together and tune all the rest of that out." 

Meanwhile, preparations for Saturday's royal wedding are well underway. For information on how to tune in, click here.

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