Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle
Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle to marry his son Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday — filling in for the bride’s father, who fell ill days before the royal wedding.
Kensington Palace announced Friday that the heir to the British throne “is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to the Royal Family in this way.”
The Prince of Wales will meet his future daughter-in-law at the Quire, which marks the second half of the aisle, where he will take her arm for the final steps, the UK’s Telegraph reported.
The ceremony will omit the traditional moment of “giving away,” where the presiding archbishop asks: “Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?”
Friday’s announcement comes after rampant speculation about who would have the honor after the bride announced that her father, Thomas Markle, wouldn’t attend because of poor health.
The bookies had suggested that Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was the favorite. Charles had been a distant second, but ahead of Prince William.
Unlike Ragland, who will accompany her daughter in the bridal car, Harry’s dad has a lifetime of experience in appearing at large-scale public events amid intense scrutiny.
He also is no newbie in the role of walking a bride down the aisle.
In 2016, he stepped up for the daughter of his close pal, Lord Brabourne, according to the BBC.
Alexandra Knatchbull’s father was a renowned film producer and married to the Duke of Edinburgh’s cousin, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma. He had passed away in 2005.
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace also confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, 96, who has been recovering from a hip operation, will attend the wedding, the Guardian reported.
With final preparations for the big day under way, it also emerged that the wedding cake would be presented in a special installation.
Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in east London, said the triple-layered lemon and elderflower cake would be a “slight shift from tradition.”
“You’ll have to wait and see on the day,” Ptak said, according to the Guardian. “It’s an installation of the way that we’re putting it out. It’s the last thing that we’ll reveal.”
Adorned with elderflower swiss meringue buttercream and fresh flowers, the cake will contain 200 Amalfi lemons, 10 bottles of Sandringham elderflower cordial, 20 kilos (44 pounds) of butter, 20 kilos of flour, 20 kilos of sugar and 500 organic Suffolk eggs.
Markle’s father pulled out of attending the wedding on medical advice in a dramatic upset just two days before the event. He cited heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with a paparazzo for staged photographs.
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