Meghan Markle Reportedly Wants Her Mom to Walk Her Down the Aisle at the Royal Wedding

Tradition, shmadition

Updated 01/03/18

GEOFF ROBINS

If you thought Meghan Markle, with her U.S. passport and acting credentials, was already as nontraditional as could be for a future royal, you've got another thing coming. Not only will the duchess-to-be undoubtedly continue to liven up the British monarchy for many years to come, but she's also reportedly planning on making a pretty big switch-up at her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry.

A source alleged to E! News that Markle is hoping her mother will walk her down the aisle in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19 instead of her father. The swap would make sense: Markle has been spotted spending time with her mom, Doria Ragland, a yoga teacher, many times in recent months—Ragland even attended the Prince Harry–organized Invictus Games in Toronto in October—while she has yet to be seen with her father, Thomas Markle.

Take this report with a grain of salt, however, since another anonymous source told Entertainment Tonight just a few weeks ago that she'd prefer to stick to tradition and be escorted down the aisle by her father. "She does want him included, and she wants to uphold tradition," the source said. Clearly, we'll just have to wait until May 19 to find out which parent escorts Markle down the aisle.

Thomas did offer his congratulations to his daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law via a joint statement with Ragland shortly after the royal duo announced their engagement in November. "We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together," the statement read in part. Markle's father further expressed his excitement for his daughter's big day when British outlet The Mirror tracked him down in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. "I'm very pleased. I'm delighted," Thomas said, before adding that he'd "love to" be the one to walk Markle down the aisle this spring.

For the record, Kate Middleton stuck to tradition at her own wedding. Her father, Michael Middleton, escorted her down the aisle at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. But, if Markle enters her wedding on the arm of her mother, it wouldn't be the first time she's done things a little differently than her future sister-in-law. Most recently, she spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Queen Elizabeth II's country estate in Sandringham—festivities that Middleton wasn't invited to attend in the months before her own royal wedding.

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