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Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the hall



Meghan Markle will walk down the hall on her wedding day with her future father-in-law, Prince Charles.

Kensington Palace announced Friday that Meghan, 36, has asked Charles, 69, to perform the duty. Meghan had planned to have her father, Thomas Markle, by her side, but she "confirmed" on Thursday that he would not attend the royal wedding as originally planned.

"Madam Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness Prince of Wales to escort her through the corridor of the St. George's Chapel on her wedding day," the palace statement says. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to welcome Mrs. Markle to the royal family in this manner."

The future royal bride asked Charles to take over the job in the last 24 hours as this was the case revealing that her father could not attend.

"It was Meghan's wish and she is grateful that the Prince of Wales is doing it," a royal source tells people.

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For the first part of the procession through the Nave of St. George's Chapel, Meghan is accompanied by her 10-member troupe of bridesmaids and Page Boys, meaning that she will enter the greater part of the aisle without someone else's side.

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The dean of Windsor David Conner will lead the way, followed by Meghan and her small bridal party, which includes Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3.

A royal source says that it is always part of the "choreography" that the children would be with her for the first part of the way through the chapel's nave, and then her father would take the last steps through the quire (the last Section of the church where the immediate members of the royal family and close relatives are likely to sit). Now Charles will greet them in the quire to continue the last part of their journey to the altar where Prince Harry will stand.

  Prince Charles

Prince Charles

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On Thursday, Meghan and Harry, 33, attended a rehearsal with Prince William and Kate Middleton, George, Charlotte and other bridesmaids and Page boys ,

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, was also at the rehearsal, where she met William and Kate and their children.

By the beginning of this week, the plan for Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, to finish walking down the corridor had been confirmed by Kensington Palace on May 4th.

  Prince Harry greets his father, Prince Charles

Prince Harry greets his father, Prince Charles

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But on Monday, this plan came to a halt after Thomas told TMZ that He decided to stop attending the wedding. Apparently he was working with a paparazzi agency. Conduct several photo shoots reading a book about Britain, viewing photos of Meghan and Harry online and adjusting them for his wedding outfit. He said he did not want to visit and embarrass Meghan or the royal family. He also said that he suffered a heart attack last week but checked out of the hospital to attend the wedding.

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