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The Royal Wedding is almost here! It's only a day away, and almost everything is set in place for the much-anticipated royal ceremony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. There's just one hiccup: Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle's father. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the father of the bride was staging photos of himself to help send to the press, essentially exploiting his daughter's highly-publicized nuptials for his own benefit. The royal family wasn't exactly pleased about that. Shortly after this news came out, the Kensington Palace announced that Thomas Markle was no longer attending the event, which meant that he wasn't walking his daughter down the aisle. While Meghan Markle claims it's actually health problems that will ultimately keep her father at bay during this pivotal life moment, there's still the lingering question of who will take his place. After all, time is running out! Well, we finally know who will take over the deed. As it's revealed today, Prince Charles will be filling in for Mr. Markle during the upcoming espousal. Here's what we know about this royal wedding switcheroo.
While there was speculation that Meghan Markle's mom, Doria Ragland, would fill in for the job, the honor will instead go to Harry's well-known dad. According to the Kensington Palace (via TMZ), Meghan Markle picked Prince Charles personally, and when she asked her future father-in-law if he would take on the responsibilities, the Prince of Wales was reportedly very pleased to fulfill the duties. It's another way Meghan Markle wishes to welcome herself into the royal family. Here's what the Kensington Palace said in their official statement for the royal wedding switch-up.
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 pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.
Handing the aisle-walking duties to Prince Charles is yet another way Meghan Markle is attempting to win over the royal family. Earlier this year, Markle was seen adopting the Duchess Slant from her future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. Markle also earned Queen Elizabeth's seal of approval for this weekend's nuptials. So the former Suits actress is seemingly making a good impression with the royal family right now, beyond these difficulties with her father, and she's only hours away from being welcomed into the life of royalty. It must be a strange feeling to know that you're only a day away from being a member of the royal family.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle's claims about her father's health might seem like a convenient cover-up excuse, but Thomas Markle reportedly did undergo heart surgery on Wednesday. While he wanted to attend, it wasn't going to happen with his current condition. Thankfully, Prince Charles will very likely do a dutiful job of filling in for him, and the father of the bride can watch the ceremony on television when it is broadcast live. That's certainly a perk.