When Thomas Markle confirmed he wouldn’t be attending his daughter’s wedding, all eyes turned to the Palace to clarify who exactly would be walking Meghan down the aisle. The likely choice of course, being Prince Charles.
Last night, a statement confirmed this to be true… But only partially. In a bold move which will make Royal history, Meghan Markle will walk herself down the first part of the aisle before meeting Charles to accompany her the rest of the way.
“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St. George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day,” the Palace announced. “The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”
According to CNN, Markle will walk from the entrance of the chapel to the aisle of the Quire (most of the way down) unescorted. Additionally, Charles will not “give Markle away” but will “stand back” as she approaches Harry independently. “CNN understands that Markle came up with the plan herself,” the outlet wrote. “It was always the intention that her father Thomas would meet her at the Quire and she would walk the first part alone.”
While only symbolic, a feminist statement of this kind is unprecedented for the Royals. And while we’re sure that a bunch of die-hard monarchists are coughing into their scones this morning, we’re cheering into our mimosas.