Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Posted at 5:38 AM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 07:07:54-04

London (CNN)— Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, Kensington Palace announced Friday.

"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.

The news came a day after Markle confirmed that her father's poor health would prevent him from traveling to the UK for the wedding and giving his daughter away as planned.

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"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 Markle said in a statement provided by Kensington Palace Thursday.

Charles, Harry's father and Meghan's future father-in-law, has experience stepping in to assist brides on their big day. In 2016, he walked Alexandra Knatchbull -- a goddaughter of the late Princess Diana -- down the aisle when she wed Thomas Hooper, as her estranged father watched from the pews.

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