Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas has begun his journey to London where he will give his daughter away at her wedding to Prince Harry in a week’s time.
The former lighting director, who lives a humble life compared to his daughter’s extravagant soon-to-be-royal existence, was pictured climbing into his silver Volvo en route to the airport.
The reclusive 73-year-old set off last night from his home in Rosarito, Mexico and crossed the US border into California.
There he checked into a $70-a-night motel in San Diego and reportedly picked up supplies including Gas-X anti-bloating pills and Heineken beers.
Kensington Palace announced last week Mr Markle would give his daughter away at the May 19 Windsor Castle wedding, ending months of speculation.
He had earlier told the Mirror he’d "love" to give Meghan , 36, away on the big day at St George’s Chapel, adding: "I’m very pleased. I’m delighted."
Mr Markle and his ex-wife, Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland , will also meet the Queen in the days before the wedding.
They will spend time with Her Majesty, as well as Prince Philip, Prince Charles and wife Camilla, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
It will also be the first time Mr Markle meets his future son-in-law, Harry.
A royal spokesman said: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms Markle’s parents to Windsor for the wedding.
"Mr Thomas Markle and Ms Doria Ragland will be arriving in the UK in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry’s family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day.
"Both of the bride’s parents will have important roles in the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, Ms Ragland will travel with Ms Markle by car to Windsor Castle.
"Mr Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle of St George’s Chapel. Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.”
It was also announced last week that the royal wedding would “celebrate the memory” of Harry’s mum, Princess Diana, with her three siblings invited and her sister Lady Jayne Fellows giving the reading.
He said: “In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as Best Man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother’s family in his wedding.
“All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.”
The Duchess of Cambridge, who gave birth to her third child less than two weeks ago, will attend the service.
However, little Prince Louis will not go, it was announced.
Unusually, Meghan will not have a maid of honour and will instead only have children as bridesmaids on the day.
Their names will be announced a few days before the wedding.
The bride will stay outside Windsor Castle the night before the wedding, with the accommodation yet to be announced.
She will travel with mum Doria on the morning of the wedding through the streets of Windsor by car to meet her dad at St George’s Chapel’s Galilee Porch, where she will walk down the aisle with him.
The designer of Meghan’s dress will be announced when she steps out of the car.
Titles for the couple – expected to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex although not yet confirmed – will be announced on the morning of the wedding.
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