Notably, the statement confirmed that Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, will indeed be walking his daughter down the aisle, as per tradition. The confirmation comes just a day after Meghan's half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., released a scathing letter to Prince Harry asking him to cancel the wedding due to Meghan's treatment of her family, claiming she had not invited their father to the event—a rumor it seems Kensington Palace was quick to shut down.
And worry not, Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, will also be in close contact with the princess-to-be on the big day. "Both of the bride's parents will have important roles in the wedding," the statement read. "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 press secretary also revealed that both of Meghan’s parents will be flying to the U.K. 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." Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that high tea.
The statement also revealed where exactly the royal members will be entering St. George's Chapel, explaining that Prince Harry and his brother/Best Man Prince William will arrive by foot and will enter through the West Steps. "This will allow Their Royal Highnesses to acknowledge all of the people gathered in the Castle precincts, including the 200 charity representatives gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps," the statement explained. Markle will also enter through the West Steps, swinging by the castle to pick up her bridesmaids and page boys—the bridesmaids are all set to be children per royal tradition, since Markle recently revealed she won't be having a maid of honor.
Following the ceremony, the newlywed couple is set to take a 25-minute carriage procession—in an Ascot Landau, which Kensington Palace announced recently. Apparently, it's the part of the day that the couple is incredibly excited for. "It will be their chance to express their gratitude for the goodwill and warm wishes they have received from all quarters in the months since their engagement," the statement explained. It will be the last event the public can witness before the couple attends their reception at Frogmore House.
Many details about the schedule of events on May 19 have already been released, and those who plan to watch the event live should tune in at 5 a.m. EST. The morning of the wedding, the full Order of Service will be published on the royal family’s website so fans and well-wishers can follow along with the service at home.
On a related note, can we just say that an official press release is an extremely effective way to communicate wedding day plans to guests and pushy relatives? Of all the Pinterest-worthy inspiration sure to be drawn from the royal wedding, the mere concept of a press release may be the most practical of them all.