- Publish Date
- Monday, 7 May 2018, 2:26PM
After months of speculation, Kensington Palace has revealed Megan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, will walk her down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry.
It was originally claimed the 36-year-old actress wouldn't be inviting her father to the ceremony and Prince William would take on the role in Thomas' absence, but a new statement published on the official website for the royal family has confirmed both he and her mother Doria will be in attendance.
As part of a lengthy statement, the palace representative said: "The first thing I would like to share is that 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."
The statement continued: "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."
The couple are also "keen to involve" Harry's late mother Princess Diana - who passed away in 1997 - in the ceremony, and her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, will give a reading.
"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 statement said.
It has also been revealed that there will be no maids of honour. All bridesmaids and pageboys, according to Kensington Palace, will be children.
Meghan and Harry will on May 19 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The royal Wedding will be broadcast on TVNZ 1 from 9:05PM or live streamed at tvnz.co.nz.