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No One Will Formally Give Meghan Markle Away

But Prince Charles will walk her down the aisle
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2018 6:00 AM CDT
This handout picture from Kensington Palace shows the news that the Prince of Wales will accompany Meghan Markle down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry.   (Kensington Palace via AP)
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(Newser) – Prince Charles will stand in—partially—for Meghan Markle's dad on Saturday. Kensington Palace said in a statement released Friday that 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." The statement followed one on Thursday explaining father Thomas Markle would not be able to attend the wedding due to health issues. The Telegraph has the apparent mechanics of the walk: Markle will walk the first half of the aisle unaccompanied by an adult but surrounded by her youthful wedding party.

A source tells People that part of the walk was the original "choreography." What changes is what happens at the Quire, "which effectively marks the second half of the aisle," per the Telegraph: She'll take Prince Charles' arm there. But he won't formally give her away: The ceremony won't include the question "Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?" Doria Ragland, Markle's mother, will ride with Markle in the car to the chapel. (Read more Meghan Markle stories.)

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