Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle in her father's absence

The mystery over who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding is over. One day after issuing a statement that the bride’s father, Thomas Markle Sr., would “sadly” be unable to attend the wedding because of health concerns, Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry‘s father, Prince Charles, will take his place.

It’s not the first time the future king has stepped up on someone’s wedding day. In 2016, he walked Alexandra Knatchbull, goddaughter of his late ex-wife Princess Diana, down the aisle as her own father, his close friend Lord Brabourne, was too ill to fulfill the tradition.

Prince Charles pictured with his younger son in 2015. (Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Charles pictured with his younger son in 2015. (Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Many have responded to the announcement with words of respect for the groom’s father, who reportedly hosted Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, for tea this week. But some have expressed disappointment that the royals aren’t bucking tradition by having Ragland herself do the honors.

While Ragland won’t be turning a patriarchal practice on its head, as some had hoped, the consensus is that having Prince Charles participate is a thoughtful gesture. Many have noted that it’s especially meaningful as he does not have daughters of his own.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to say “I do” on Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle. Yahoo will cover the historic event live from London from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. BST (5 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET). Bookmark this link to follow along LIVE.

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