Prince Charles will replace Meghan Markle's dad at the royal wedding and walk her down the aisle

Chris Jackson/GettyMeghan Markle in Northern Ireland in March 2018.
  • Meghan Markle has asked Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle at the royal wedding.
  • Her father was supposed to do it but pulled out after an embarrassing paparazzi scandal.
  • Kensington Palace announced the change the day before the wedding.

Meghan Markle has asked Prince Charles to replace her father at the royal wedding by walking her down the aisle.

Kensington Palace announced the change in a statement on Friday morning, just over 24 hours before the ceremony. Charles is Prince Harry’s father, and will become Meghan’s father-in-law once they’re married.

Markle senior was to walk his daughter down the aisle, a moment that will be the dramatic center of the grand ceremony, but the story turned sour after he was exposed for accepting money from a paparazzi photographer to stage tabloid pictures of himself getting ready for the big day – a major break with royal protocol.

In a series of interviews with the gossip site TMZ, Markle senior said he was pulling out of the wedding, changed his mind, then changed his mind again, citing a need for urgent heart surgery.

St George's Chapel aisle Windsor Meghan HarryGetty ImagesThe aisle of St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Meghan Markle will be walked down the aisle by Prince Charles.

On Thursday the palace ended speculation by saying definitively that Meghan’s father would play no part in the ceremony.

Friday’s statement said: “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.”

“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”

This is not the first time Prince Charles, the father of two sons, has escorted a bride down the aisle.

In 2016 he gave away Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of his close friends Lord and Lady Brabourne, and goddaughter of the late Princess Diana, at her wedding to Thomas Hooper.

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