This May, all eyes will be on Meghan Markle when she heads down the aisle. The actress-activist’s marriage to Prince Harry has already been scrutinized from every possible angle.
Fans are obsessed with what dress she’ll be wearing and who will stand alongside her when she says her vows. The wedding promises to break many royal conventions.
And that will especially be true if she gets her wish when it comes to who walks her down the aisle.
1. Markle’s family drama has made headlines
It feels like Markle’s entire existence has been tabloid fodder since she and Harry announced their relationship. The British press has fixated on her race, her marital history and career. And recently, they’ve turned their attention to her family.
That is, in part, because her half-sister, Samantha Grant, hasn’t been shy about expressing her less-than-glowing feelings about Markle’s upcoming nuptials. But it’s also because of Markle’s relationship with her father.
2. Markle’s relationship with her father may not be the best
According to numerous reports, Markle is mostly estranged from her father, Thomas Markle, and his family. In 1998, her parents divorced.
In a recently unearthed 1999 home video, Markle declared that she and her father weren’t “on the best of terms.” Of course, that was nearly 20 years ago, and their relationship could have improved since then.
But recent developments regarding the wedding could indicate that their relationship is still strained.
3. Markle’s father is apparently upset about how the family has been represented in the press
Harry and Markle broke with a longstanding royal tradition and attended the family’s Christmas events together in 2017. Shortly after, Harry gave an interview in which he praised Markle’s willingness to jump into royal life. He told a BBC Radio 4 reporter that his family was like the one she “never had.”
It was likely meant to be an offhand comment with no malice. But Harry’s comments hit a nerve with some members of Markle’s family — including her half-sister and father.
4. There are rumors that Markle’s father won’t walk her down the aisle
No family gets along all the time. And the Markle family drama could all die down. But Thomas’ reluctance to be in the public eye, coupled with the rumored discord, have led some to believe that he won’t be present at her wedding. Or, at the very least, Markle will look to someone she’s closer to when she’s ready to walk down the aisle.
5. Markle will look to another important figure on her big day
If Markle’s father doesn’t walk her down the aisle, it begs the question: who will take his place? And it seems that she has some idea of who she’d like it to be.
Markle is very close with her mother, Doria Radlan — she’s even called her one of her best friends. And she is reportedly considering having Radlan walk her down the aisle instead of her father.
If this does come to pass, the decision will surely raise a few eyebrows. And it could ruffle some feathers in the royal family — though, it seems, some are already on board.
6. Markle’s mother is all in where the royal family is concerned
Little has been revealed about how Markle and Harry’s families get along in a broad sense. But Harry himself admitted that he admires and adores Radlan. He told the BBC that he thinks Markle’s mother is “amazing.”
Radlan, for her part, seems pleased with Markle’s decision to join the royal family. She told reporters that she was “very happy” following news of her daughter’s engagement.
7. Nothing is finalized yet
According to Markle’s half-sister, their father still “fully intends” to be by her side on the big day. And there’s no confirmation that she and her father are truly at odds. At the end of the day, only Markle’s close family knows what their relationship is like.
In the hubbub surrounding the royal wedding, many details are likely to change. We likely won’t know who will walk Markle down the aisle until her wedding day.
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