It's Official! Prince Charles Will Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle at the Royal Wedding

Talk about "Welcome to the family."

Updated 05/18/18

Andrew Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

Breaking news: Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle. The royal wedding question on everyone's minds this week has been: "who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle?" and Kensington Palace has just given us official confirmation that Markle's future father-in-law Prince Charles will do the honors. Amid the headline-making drama that Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, will not be attending the royal wedding, the sudden vacancy in the role for who will walk the duchess-to-be down the aisle was on everyone's minds: until now.

There's only one day left until the royal wedding, and Kensington Palace has just issued a statement confirming that Prince Charles will be giving his future daughter-in-law away on the day of the wedding. The statement reads: "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 Prince of Wales is please to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way." This is a huge surprise, and a huge show of support to Markle during this time. All bets were naturally on Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, as front runner to give her daughter away, but the future king was also floated around as an option.

And you thought your family wedding drama was bad? The week leading up to Meghan Markle's royal wedding to Prince Harry has been filled with drama. With just days left before she ties the knot with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, claimed that he'll no longer be walking his daughter down the aisle or even attending the royal wedding. Then after changing his mind, Thomas dropped out again due to ongoing health issues.

On Thursday morning, Kensington Palace published Markle's statement on their official social media pages. As the royal bride has never before issued a solo statement through the Palace, this is a first for Meghan Markle. (We only wish it wasn't so sad!) “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," Markle said. "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”

She continued, “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.”

Related Stories