Meghan Markle ’s poorly father has been dealt a further blow – amid claims he will not be granted a coat of arms.
It was thought Thomas Markle c ould receive his own family coat of arms as a special wedding gift .
While Kensington Palace and the College of Arms declined to comment on the present, courtiers said it is a tradition unlikely not to be followed.
The fathers of the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex, both received the gift when their daughters married into the royal family.
However the decision means Meghan’s relations, who have been outspoken in the lead up to the royal wedding , will not be able to boast their own coat of arms, according to the Daily Mail .
A source at the College of Arms told the newspaper: "Mr Markle will not have his own coat of arms.
"We were told it would be too ‘complicated’".
Instead, the Mail claims Meghan will be given her own coat of arms, following the example of the Duchess of Gloucester, Birgitte van Deurs, who married the Duke of Gloucester, a cousin of the Queen, in 1972.
For anyone to be given the distinctive heraldic bearing, they need to prove they have an ancestor who was a subject of the Crown.
Mr Markle’s ancestors include Mary Smith, a maid who was recorded in 1856 as working at Windsor Castle, where Meghan will be married in May.
After the family receive their coat of arms, Meghan, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, can get their own “conjugal coat of arms".
They are likely to be officially unveiled a few years after they marry.
William and Kate’s made its debut in September 2013, just over two years after their April 2011 wedding.
“Every Coat of Arms has been designed to identify a person, school or organisation, and is to last forever,” Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms at the College of Arms, said.
“Heraldry is Europe’s oldest, most visual and strictly regulated form of identity and it surrounds us in Britain, giving clues to our history and surroundings.”
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