By Stacey Leasca
May 18, 2018
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It’s official: Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle this Saturday for her wedding to Prince Harry.

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Meghan and her family. In the beginning of May, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, would fly to London to be a part of his daughter’s wedding day and would be walking her down the aisle himself. However, after suffering a heart attack, Thomas backed out if his wedding duties.

“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” Meghan said via a statement released by Kensington Palace. “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”

Since Thomas officially stated he would not attend the wedding many wondered who would step in to fill that role. And though most thought Meghan’s mother Doria would step in, on Friday, just one day before the wedding, it was announced that Prince Charles, Meghan’s future father-in-law, would instead do the job.

"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," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”

However, it’s key to note that Charles will not be giving Meghan away, nor will he be by her side during her entire walk down the aisle at St George’s chapel. Instead, CNN explained, Meghan will enter the chapel alone, alongside her tiny bridesmaids, do a bit of the walk alone, and be met by Charles, who will then stand back as she approaches Prince Harry.

Meghan’s mother Doria will still be a big part of her daughter’s day and will be spending the evening with her tonight at a hotel outside Windsor before accompanying her in the car to the chapel tomorrow morning.

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