Since leaving the Royal Family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been keeping to themselves. With Meghan appearing to be embraced by senior royals early on, the beginning of their story—first as the two met and then, later, when they got married—was a true fairytale romance.
However, as Harry and Meghan’s romance blossomed, the former actress faced some challenging issues with her father, Thomas Markle. After Thomas sold photos to the British paparazzi press ahead of his daughter’s wedding, the two broke up.
In the end, Meghan made the decision not to include her father in the celebration, raising the dilemma of who would serve as her bridesmaid. According to stories, at that point, King Charles offered to perform the honours but received a startling response.
Harry and Meghan made their engagement public through the British Royal Family in November 2017. On May 19, 2018, they were wed again; the ceremony was held in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Thomas apparently ignored the specific orders from Prince Harry and Meghan not to speak to the media before their wedding.
Therefore, when the wedding day came, rumours abounded about who would accompany Meghan down the aisle.
Some believed that Doria Ragland, Meghan Ragland’s mother, would be the chosen one. But Charles, her father-in-law, made a decision to take action.
Robert Hardman, a royal biographer, claims that Charles asked Meghan whether she wanted him to walk her down the aisle. Charles received a prompt response, although Hardman noted in Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II that it wasn’t what he had anticipated.
Meghan even caught the now-King off guard by requesting him to meet her halfway down the aisle. She desired to enter the chapel on her own and make a grand entry.
The Prince of Wales stepped in, saying that he would be proud to lead Meghan up the aisle of St. George’s Chapel to the altar, out of concern for his future daughter-in-law. One friend claimed that the response, “Can we meet halfway?,” was not quite what he had anticipated. Hardman composed.
Here was a sign that she wasn’t a blushing bride but rather a self-assured, independent woman who was ready to make a great debut.