With just 148 days until the royal wedding (not like we're keeping track or anything), bride-to-be Meghan Markle has no time to waste when it comes to wedding planning. Markle and Prince Harry have already made several important decisions on the royal end, like choosing their traditional fruitcake and their venue in England. But despite marrying into royalty, Markle still plans to remember her roots and incorporate her parents in the upcoming wedding.
Keeping in line with wedding customs, a source told Entertainment Tonight that Markle wants her father to walk her down the aisle. "She does want him included and she wants to uphold tradition," said the source.
Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, is a former lighting director who lives in L.A. (Meghan's birthplace) and frequently travels to Rosarito, Mexico. Although her parents divorced when she was six, her mother, yoga instructor Doria Ragland, will also be a guest of honor at the royal wedding. There's no word yet on how Meghan plans to include her, but she reportedly maintains a close relationship with her mom, who also still resides in L.A.
Both of Meghan's parents came together after her engagement to release a statement honoring the couple, which Kensington Palace shared on Twitter. "We are incredibly happy for Harry and Meghan," the joint statement read. "Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together." Looks like the newly-betrothed couple has Markle's parents' stamp of approval!
Meghan has permission to invite whoever she wants to the wedding (pick us PLEASE), but the source also revealed one family member is getting the boot—her half sister, Samantha. According to the source, the two, who share a father, have a "strained" relationship, and Samantha's a bit of a "wild card."
"She has no filter and she’s not afraid of the repercussions of speaking her mind," the source added. Not exactly what you want to deal with at your royal wedding.
However, Samantha did chat with Good Morning Britain in November, revealing that Meghan was truly in her relationship for the right reasons. "It’s not about royalty so much as it is about love. And that’s wonderful for them," Samantha told the show's hosts. (For the recond, we never doubted their love for a second!)
Now that we know her family's roles in the royal wedding, we hope the next detail reveal will feature Markle's choice of bridesmaids. We volunteer if there's a spot open...