Meghan Markle Confirms Her Father Isn’t Attending The Royal Wedding

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by Georgia Aspinall |
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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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9:30am: Wedding guests begin to arrive

Wedding guests will begin to arrive – by coach, no less – from 9.30am until 11am, and will walk over to the South Door of St George's Chapel. Prepare to spot assorted Suits stars, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Mulroney and the Beckhams.

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11:45am: Harry and William will arrive together

Prince Harry will arrive at St George's Chapel by foot, accompanied by his best man the Duke of Cambridge, and will enter via the West Steps. Here, they'll take the time to greet the members of the public gathered in the Castle precinct, including the charity representatives positioned at the Horseshoe Cloister (just outside the Chapel).

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7pm: The couple head to Frogmore House

For all the national excitement, the wedding is a private event, and after the carriage procession, there won't be much left for us to see. The last thing that we'll be able to catch will be the moment that the bride and groom leave the Castle for Frogmore House, where the evening reception will take place.

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12pm: The wedding service begins

The wedding service itself will take about an hour, with a full order of service set to be unveiled to the public on Saturday morning. We already know that Lady Jane Fellowes, Harry's aunt and the elder sister of the late Princess of Wales will give the reading. All three of Diana's siblings will attend the ceremony, and Harry and Meghan have expressed happiness that they'll be able to celebrate her memory on the day.

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11:20am: The royal family arrive in Windsor

Keep your eyes peeled from 11.20am as members of the Royal Family start to arrive at the Chapel, some on foot, others by car.

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11:50am: Meghan will travel to Windsor Castle with her mother

At around the same time, Meghan and her mother, Doria, will leave their overnight location and travel to the Castle by car, passing through the Long Walk where members of the public are expected to gather. They'll briefly stop at the Castle, allowing Doria to travel on to the Chapel while Meghan is joined by bridesmaids and page boys ahead of her big entrance to the Chapel.

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12pm: Meghan walks down the aisle

After Thomas Markle confirmed that he would no longer be walking his daughter down the aisle, having suffered a heart attack last week, it's assumed that Doria will accompany her daughter.

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1pm: The couple will greet charity representatives

Once they've officially tied the knot, the first thing that Harry and Meghan will do is to greet the 200 representatives from Prince Harry's chosen charities, who'll be gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister. In doing so, the couple are acknowledging how important these organisations will be in their future work; according to the Palace, they are 'delighted that these people who will be such an important part of their official work in the years to come will be the first people they see after the wedding.'

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1:05pm: The carriage procession

Then, close family members will gather on the Chapel's steps to wave the couple off, as it's time for Harry and Meghan to step into their carriage (that's the same Ascot Landau that Pippa Middleton rode in at Will and Kate's wedding, in case you needed a refresher) and embark on a 25-minute procession around the castle and town. Hopefully neither of them have previous history with RSI, because all that royal waving could get very tiring. Meghan and Harry's guests will then file out of the church to catch the start of the carriage procession, before heading on to St George's Hall for the reception.

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