Prince Harry Revealed the Real Reason Prince Charles Walked Meghan Markle Down the Aisle
Before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot on May 19, 2018, there was much speculation over who would walk the royal bride down the aisle. With all the drama between the Duchess of Sussex and her father, Thomas Markle (including him bailing on the wedding altogether), she was in need of someone else to take his place.
Luckily, Prince Charles didn’t hesitate to step up and take on the job himself. The moment between Markle and Charles proved just how sweet their relationship is, but we never knew exactly why he was the one to walk her down the aisle. But now, Harry revealed the real reason his father had the honor of accompanying his bride.
Charles would do ‘whatever Meghan needs’
In a new BBC documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, Harry reflected on a conversation he had with his father. “I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,'” he said.
Harry also noted, “For him, that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so, of course, he’s going to be there for us.”
Camilla Parker Bowles called it ‘a lovely gesture’
During the wedding, Harry could be seen whispering a subtle “thank you” to Charles for walking Markle down the aisle. It’s safe to say Camilla Parker Bowles was impressed by her husband’s kind gesture and Harry’s gratitude. “I think that was very touching,” she revealed in the documentary. “Sitting where I was, you couldn’t hear what he said. But afterwards, watching it on the television, I think it was a very … it was a lovely gesture.”
Charles even held hands with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, during the ceremony — and it didn’t go unappreciated by Parker Bowles. “Seeing my husband actually take the bride’s mother by the hand to sign the registry, it’s something that moved everybody,” she said.
“It’s the things he does behind the scenes that people don’t know about. I don’t think people realize quite how kind he is.”
Harry voiced how grateful he is for his father
The media may not always been in Charles’ favor, but there’s no denying he’s been a good father to Prince William and Harry over the years. Harry pointed out in the documentary, “I’ve been brought up well. You’ve gotta say thank you.” He added, “Just because he’s my father that doesn’t mean I can just sort of go, ‘Okay, that’s all, I’ll take it from here.’ I was very grateful for him to be able to do that.”
Markle partially walked herself down the aisle
While Charles had the honor of walking Markle down the aisle, we can’t forget that the royal bride broke boundaries by walking herself halfway down. In a stunning sight to see, Markle made her way down the checkered floor in her 16 ½-foot-long silk tulle veil and Givenchy wedding gown — all by herself.
This was the first time any bride had made such a bold move in a British royal wedding. After making her grand entrance, she met Charles at the quire (where the royal family was seated). From there, Charles led Markle the rest of the way to meet her groom.