Kensington Palace Ends Speculation, Says Meghan Markle’s Father Will Walk her Down the Aisle in Royal Wedding

Meghan and Harry are ‘looking forward to welcoming her parents to Windsor for the wedding’, said Kensington Palace. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

More and more details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding are being released as the world is in the home-stretch of the run-up to the ceremony scheduled to be held on May 19 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Today, Kensington Palace put to rest much speculation with the announcement that Markle’s reclusive father, Thomas Markle, will walk his now famous daughter down the aisle to tie the knot with Prince Harry. The confirmation is an important one to make since several of Markle’s relatives, her estranged half-siblings to be precise, have disparaged her in recent days, accusing her of snubbing her family, including their father.

UK newspaper, The Guardian, reports: “A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘Prince Harry and Ms Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms Markle’s parents to Windsor for the wedding. 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. 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. Ms Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.’ There was no comment from palace officials about Meghan’s other relatives – in particular her half-brother and half-sister, Thomas Markle Jr, 51, and Samantha Grant, 53. Both had told US media they have not received invitations, with Markle Jr recently claiming that even their father had not received one.”

Meghan Markle’s parents divorced when she was six. Although Prince Harry has met Markle’s mother several times and sought her permission before proposing to Meghan, he has yet to meet her father. Perhaps this is what played a large part in fueling negative tabloid rumors. Whatever the case, be encouraged, sister Meghan! Families all across the world have negative issues in need of overcoming and, unfortunately, negative people who sometimes just have to be left behind when it’s time for you to embark on the ride of a lifetime.

– Dante Spellman