Meghan Markle won't be the first bride Prince Charles has walked down the aisle – despite having no daughters

The Prince of Wales had the opportunity to perfect his technique in 2016, when he gave away the great-granddaughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Charles accompanied Alexandra Knatchbull down the aisle of Romsey Abbey in Hampshire after her father had to step down due to ill health.

The families have a long history of friendship, with Prince Charles viewing Lord Louis – his great uncle – as a father figure as he grew up.

What we know so far…

  • Meghan Markle will be walked down the aisle by Prince Charles, Kensington Palace announced today
  • Meghan confirmed her dad Thomas Markle would not be at her wedding as he continues to recover from major heart surgery
  • Thomas Markle had earlier said he wouldn’t be attending for fear of embarrassing Meghan over staged paparazzi photos
  • The 73-year-old suffered a heart scare last week which he has reportedly blamed on an open letter by his son Tom Jr – who has since said he’s “mortified”
  • Samantha Markle, Meghan’s half-sister, slammed claims Kensington Palace is supporting their dad in hospital before she was injured in a car crash on Wednesday
  • Police have since said they could not find any evidence of the crash
  • Doria met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a Royal Wedding rehearsal and is expected to sit down for afternoon tea with the Queen today

Charles is also close friends with Alexandra's parents, Lord and Lady Brabourne, since the two men attended Gordonstoun school in Scotland.

This time, the 69-year-old prince was asked to perform what is traditionally the father's role after Meghan's dad Thomas was forced to stay in Mexico to recover from a heart operation.

Charles' role in marrying the daughter of Lord and Lady Brabourne to Thomas Hooper will hopefully have given the Prince plenty of practice for the Royal Wedding in Windsor tomorrow.

Meghan yesterday released an emotionally-charged statement to confirm her 73-year-old dad Thomas Markle would not be able to attend her big day.

In the statement, the bride-to-be said: "Sadly my father will not be attending our wedding.

"I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.

"I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."

Meghan's mum Doria Ragland will travel with her by car to Windsor Castle tomorrow, with guests arriving between 9.30am and 11am.

They will be tying the knot in St George's Chapel at 12pm, when Charles will walk Meghan down the aisle.


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