Despite taking one of the world's most sought-after bachelors off the market, feminist queen Meghan Markle is continuing to prove that she's a fully independent woman, even at her upcoming royal wedding. Exhibit A: The bride-to-be will walk halfway down the aisle solo when she weds Prince Harry tomorrow.
Markle has faced her fair share of wedding family drama over the past couple of weeks, but she's gracefully coming out on top. Kensington Palace revealed in a statement on May 4 that Markle had chosen her father, Thomas, to escort her down the aisle. However, following health issues and a paparazzi scandal, her father has unfortunately decided to skip his daughter's vows.
While it was up in the air who might give Markle away on her big day, the Palace revealed today that the bride's future father-in-law, Prince Charles, will now 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 statement read. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to the Royal Family in this way."
The phrasing of the statement proves, though, that Charles will only escort Markle down the frontmost part of the church, meaning she'll walk the first half of the aisle at St. George's Chapel alone. The wedding venue is separated into two sections—the Quire and the nave—and the Palace press release specifies that Prince Harry's father will only accompany the bride from the Quire onward. The Quire is the space closest to the altar (where the couple's families will likely sit), and the nave refers to the back section of the church where the rest of the wedding guests will be seated. Royal reporter Omid Scobie broke down the wedding venue's layout via Twitter.
By the looks of it, Markle will walk herself down the church's nave. The couple's page boys and flower girls will trail behind her, according to Scobie. She'll then meet Prince Charles at the end of the nave and the duo will head toward the altar together.
Markle's choice to walk alone and then meet Prince Charles alludes to both her well-known feminist activism and her budding relationship with the royal family. Plus, since Harry will get his first look of his bride as she makes her way down the aisle, it will be all the more sentimental for him to catch a glimpse of her alone, and then with his father.
We simply can't wait to see all of this in action tomorrow!