Much speculation has been made about Meghan Markle's parents' roles in the royal wedding. While previous reports suggested that the bride-to-be's mother, Doria Ragland, would be responsible for walking her daughter down the aisle at St. George's Chapel, Kensington Palace announced today that the honor would instead go to her father, Thomas Markle. Ragland, however, will still be heavily involved on the big day.
"Both of the bride's parents will have important roles in the wedding. 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," an update from Prince Harry's Press Secretary announced. "Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.
The Markle family's presence leading up to and on the big day is of utmost significance to both Markle and Prince Harry, continued the statement, since it'll be a chance for both the bride and groom's families to officially meet: "Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland will be arriving in the UK in 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."
While Ragland has met and spent time with her daughter's future husband, this introduction will be a first for her father, who has yet to make his son-in-law's acquaintance. In addition to the Markle clan's involvement, Harry has made sure that his late mother's family will also be included. "All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day," read the statement.