Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, hasn't met his daughter's royal fiancé yet, but that hasn't stopped him from expressing his support. Following the announcement of Prince Harry and Markle's engagement, the bride-to-be's parents released a joint statement saying that seeing the couple's happiness had been "a source of great joy for us as parents." When Daily Mirror reporters tracked Mr. Markle down, he followed up on that sentiment, adding that he'd love to be involved in the wedding.
When asked if he'd be in attendance in May to walk his daughter down the aisle at Windsor Castle, he responded, "Yes. I'd love to." Markle's father also reiterated that he was thrilled about the engagement. "I'm very pleased," he added. "I'm delighted." When pressed for more information about the engagement and wedding timeline, though, he remained tight-lipped. "You know I can't talk," he said.
Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, is just as overjoyed about the couple's engagement. "We're thrilled," he said last month, about his youngest son's choice of a future wife. "I hope they'll be very happy, indeed, is all I can say. It's marvelous." Harry's step-mother, Camilla Parker-Bowles also expressed her well wishes. "It's brilliant! America's loss is our gain. We are absolutely delighted. As you can see, they're so happy," the Duchess of Cornwall explained. "Sometimes, in a climate where we're surrounded by a lot of bad news, it's a real joy to have a bit of good news for once."
While Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, has yet to make a statement of her own, she's spent a lot of time with her daughter's future husband—and welcomed Harry into the family long before he proposed. Ragland, a social worker, was photographed with Harry and Markle at the Invictus Games in September, where she spent time with the duo in a private booth.
After receiving so much support from their respective families, the couple is looking forward to spending the holiday season surrounded by loved ones. According to an Us Weekly source, Harry and Markle will spend Christmas Eve with Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham House, before heading to Prince William and Kate Middleton's Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, England. "They'll be William and Kate's guests and travel back and forth with them," the insider revealed. On Christmas day, the couples will enjoy breakfast and a church service together, before sitting down for a turkey lunch. Post-Christmas, Markle will spend time with the Duchess of Cambridge at home. "They've developed a friendship, and Meghan can turn to Kate for advice," the source explained.