After a week of back-and-forth, it’s finally official: Meghan Markle’s dad will be not attending his daughter’s royal wedding on Saturday, which means he obviously won’t be walking her down the aisle. So, in the absence of her father, the groom’s husband is stepping in.
The Kensington Palace announced this morning that Prince Charles will take the reigns of lead escort, sort of. “The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way,” the tweet says. While the Twitter announcement by Kensington Palace says that Prince Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle, CNN reports something a little different.
“In an unprecedented step for a royal bride in the UK, Markle will walk unescorted down the aisle
of the chapel nave, after being met at the West Door by a member of the clergy. She will be accompanied in this first part of the wedding procession only by her bridesmaids and page boys, with the senior church figure walking ahead. Prince Charles will join her when she reaches the Quire, where the main royal guests will be seated. The Prince—Harry’s father—will walk Markle down the Quire aisle to the foot of the altar. But Charles will not give her away to her husband-to-be in the traditional sense; instead, he will stand back as Markle approaches Prince Harry.”
So basically this means that Meghan will technically walk down unescorted, which I think is a great idea considering the tradition of a man walking a woman down the aisle is beyond retro and anti-feminist. Prince Charles will be there to walk her some of the way (but it will be a super long aisle) and then retreat so she can walk towards Prince Harry on her own.
Whoever walks her or doesn’t walk her, we’ll be glued to the TV watching this historic event. Will you? Let us know in the comment section below!