The question around whether Meghan Markle’s father is walking her down the aisle, albeit even attending the royal wedding on Saturday, has finally been confirmed by Meghan Markle herself. The Duchess to be released a statement via Kensington Palace today, explaining that he needs space to focus on his health.
Her statement read:
‘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.
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.’
The statement comes after Kensington Palace had previously confirmed Thomas Markle would walk his daughter down the aisle and asked the media not to invade his privacy after paparazzi pictures of him appeared to be staged.
However, soon after it appeared Markle had pulled out of attending the wedding, later revealing he had been in hospital for a heart attack. He had a successful operation to fit three stents yesterday but is still recovering from the surgery in the US.
Despite the obvious indication he was not in a fit state to fly to the UK, there were still rumours about his attendance. Now, Meghan’s confirmation means the question of who will walk her down the aisle is the only one people are asking.
The most popular contenders for the job are her mother, Doria Ragland or Prince Charles. Either way, it's not a total first - she will join this group of six brides whose fathers didn’t walk them down the aisle.
Her statement has been met with an abundance of public support, with many sharing their own experiences of their parents being absent at their wedding.
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