Royal Wedding: Meghan's parents to play 'important roles'

Saturday, 05 May, 2018

The first thing I would like to share is that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markle's parents to Windsor for the wedding.

Meghan Markle has decided against having friends as wedding bridesmaids and instead, choosing children to play the role when the former actress and Prince Harry say "I do" on May 19.

Their father, Thomas Markle Senior, who he alleges she forgot "like she never knew him", will "never recover financially from paying Meghan's way", he said.

More than 100,000 people are expected to line the streets of Windsor on the wedding day where the couple will marry inside the grounds of the 1000 year old castle - the oldest in the world that is still inhabited.

Markle will ride with her mother, Doria Ragland, to St George's Chapel and then her father, Thomas Markle, will walk her down the aisle. "Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion", the statement continued.

Meanwhile, Kensington Palace has released more details of the May 19 wedding, ending speculation that Meghan's father had been snubbed from the ceremony.

Also around the time Royal Family arrivals begin, a pooled media facility will cover Ms. Markle and Ms. Ragland's departure from the bride's overnight location.

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Meghan Markle really will look like a fairytale bride as what's believed to be her wedding gown has been revealed for the first time. All three of Princess Diana's siblings - Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes, and Earl Charles Spencer - will be at the wedding, and Fellowes will give a reading during the ceremony.

The details of the bridesmaids and page boys will be announced sometime during the week before the wedding.

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Prince Harry is paying tribute to his late mother, Princess Diana, by involving her relatives. Markle is "a hint of Grace Kelly, a dose of Alicia Keys, a touch of Amal Clooney and a lot of Kate Middleton", said French magazine Madame Figaro.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are likely to be included in the bridal party, though newborn Prince Louis will stay at home. "They will have their first engagement as a married couple in the week after the wedding". As a reminder, we expect the Carriage Procession to take just under 25 minutes.

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