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Royal wedding live updates: Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down aisle but not give her away to Prince Harry – latest news

Meghan Markle has asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her down part of the aisle on her wedding day to Prince Harry, as she opts not to be given away.

The US star, who this week learned that her own father would not make the wedding due to ill health, will walk the first half of the St George’s Chapel aisle alone, surrounded by young page boys and bridesmaids but without anyone by her side.

At the Quire, which effectively marks the second half of the aisle, Ms Markle will be met by the Prince of Wales, her future father-in-law, who will take her arm for the final steps. The ceremony will omit the traditional moment of “giving away”, where the presiding Archbishop asks: “Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?”

Ms Markle is understood to have asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her after her father, Thomas Markle, told her he was unable to fly to the UK.

She has spent a great deal of time with him during her relationship with Prince Harry, a source said, and has built an affectionate bond. It was Ms Markle’s idea to ask him to do the honours on her wedding day, offering the suggestion to Prince Harry who was delighted. The Prince of Wales was very happy to accept, a source said. 

Ms Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, had been the favourite to walk her daughter up the aisle, but will instead join her for the car journey to the chapel before taking her place in the congregation. 

Unlike Ms Ragland, Harry’s father is vastly experienced at appearing at large-scale public events amid intense scrutiny. 

In statement, Kensington Palace said: “Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day.

“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to  welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way.” 

Meghan Markle attended a Christmas Day church service with members of the Royal family, including the Prince of Wales

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Ms Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, pulled out of attending the wedding on medical advice in a dramatic upset just two days before the wedding.

He cited heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with the paparazzi for staged photographs in his home town in Mexico.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Ms Markle will accompany Ms Ragland as she meets the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for the first time at Windsor Castle later on Friday – likely for afternoon tea.

As royal superfans camped out overnight in Windsor to secure the best spots, Ms Markle and Prince Harry were spotted being driven into Windsor Castle for a final rehearsal in St George’s Chapel on Thursday afternoon.

Video: Couple arrive for Windsor wedding rehearsal

Well-wishers gathered in Windsor will be hoping to catch another glimpse of the bride or groom on Friday before the big day.

Harry accompanied his brother Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, on an impromptu walkabout outside Clarence House, in central London, the evening before his wedding to Kate Middleton.

Crowds in Windsor will be hoping to see the Prince before he spends his final night of bachelorhood at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Ascot. The bride will stay at the Cliveden House Hotel, set in a National Trust estate in Taplow, Berkshire, with her mother.

Stay with us for the latest updates throughout the day – and all weekend.

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What will happen tomorrow: The moment Prince Charles takes Ms Markle’s arm – and how the ceremony will be changed

Ms Markle will walk the first half of the St George’s Chapel aisle alone, surrounded by young page boys and bridesmaids but without anyone by her side.

At the Quire, which effectively marks the second half of the aisle, Ms Marke will be met by the Prince of Wales, her future father-in-law, who will take her arm for the final steps.

The ceremony will omit the traditional moment of “giving away”, where the presiding Archbishop asks: “Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?”

Prince Philip will attend royal wedding tomorrow

Buckingham has confirmed that Prince Philip will attend Saturday’s wedding to see his grandson Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, has recovered well from a hip replacement operation that saw him spend 11 days in hospital.

The Duke was spotted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week – the first public sighting of the Queen’s consort since he left hospital.

The Queen talks to Prince Philip at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 11

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Mark Cuthbert /UK Press

Prince will walk Meghan half way down aisle – and no one will give her away

Hannah Furness, our Royal Correspondent, has learnt that the Prince of Wales will accompany Ms Markle down just one half of the aisle (the second half) at St George’s Chapel – but no one will “give her away”. 

Prince Charles will be standing in for Meghan’s father

Orders of service have already been printed, stating that the bride “will be accompanied by her father”. 

In fact, Thomas Markle is not well enough to travel, citing heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with the paparazzi for staged photographs in his home town in Mexico.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, will instead stand in for Mr Markle.

The Prince previously escorted Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of his close friend, down the aisle at her high society wedding to Thomas Hooper in 2016.

Prince Charles gives Alexandra Knatchbull away in June 2016

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Prince of Wales ‘pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to Royal family in this way’

In statement, Kensington Palace said: “Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal  Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St  George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to  welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way.” 

Meghan Markle joined Prince Charles and other members of the Royal family for the Christmas Day church service in Sandringham

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Breaking: Prince Charles will walk Meghan down aisle  

The Prince of Wales will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Kensington Palace has confirmed. 

Her mother Doria Ragland had been expected to perform the duty after Ms Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, decided not to attend the wedding on medical advice after undergoing heart surgery.

Royal superfans camp out overnight to secure best spots in Windsor

Excitement is building for the royal wedding, but an army of superfans have taken it to a different level.

Dozens of royalists have spent the first of two nights sleeping outside in Windsor in order to secure the best spots outside the castle.

Rugged up in sleeping bags and blankets, they swerved a ban on tents to sleep rough so they could grab prime positions.

Royal fans awake at first light on Friday having spent the night outside Windsor Castle

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Royal superfans spent the night in sleeping bags

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‘Prince Harry’ and ‘Meghan Markle’ in Windsor on Friday morning

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Mike Tindall: Meghan will be nervous… all she can do is enjoy the day

Mike Tindall, the former England rugby captain who married into the Royal family, said he was welcomed with open arms by them, and that Meghan Markle should just try and enjoy her wedding day.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the former England centre, who married the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011 said of Ms Markle: “I think she’ll be nervous, but coming from her background in TV she’s used to public spotlight.

“Not quite as much probably as has gone on this week, but she’ll be fine and I think she’s experienced enough to know that all she can do is enjoy the day.

“And it’s a special day for them both, and as long as they get a quiet moment during the day and actually have enjoyed the day that’s what I wish for them, and hopefully they’ll live happily ever after.”

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall on their wedding day in Edinburgh in 2011 

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Mr Tindall said he remembers the drinks reception with the royals the night before his wedding to Ms Phillips.

“We had a drinks event the night before and they are professional meeters and greeters, and I remember my family were in a corner and a little bit out of their comfort zone because it’s not where they are used to being,” he said.

“But the best thing about the Royal Family is that they are so lovely and they’ll spot the people who are looking a little bit nervous and go straight over and take away all of that tension straight out of the room, and that’s what they are amazing at.

“Then suddenly you’re in the family and they welcome you with welcome arms.”

Here comes the sun! ‘Ideal’ weather forecast for royal wedding day

After months of planning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be relieved that one feature of a perfect wedding day is virtually guaranteed – plenty of sunshine.

Windsor is expected to see “ideal” wedding conditions on Saturday, with balmy temperatures and clear skies accompanied by a light breeze.

The glorious forecast comes with a health warning for the thousands of well-wishers expected to turn out – use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat.

However, the weather is set to be just right for when the newlyweds emerge from St George’s Chapel before a ride around the town in the open-top Landau carriage at around 1pm.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: “We are expecting wall-to-wall sunshine all day. The beginning of the day will start off cold – around 6C (43F) or 7C (45F) – but will rapidly warm up.

“Temperatures will peak around 3 o’clock at 21C (70F) and there will be light winds – all ideal for a wedding.”

The mercury is expected to have reached a summery 19C (66F) by the time the couple set off in the carriage procession.

After lunch hosted by the Queen at St George’s Hall at the castle, the wedding party will then move on to the evening reception at nearby Frogmore House hosted by the Prince of Wales.

“Once again we are expecting clear skies during the evening; it will be pleasant with sunshine, but temperatures will drop relatively quickly,” Mr Bowles said.

“At 8pm it will be around 12C (54F), but once you get past midnight it will be 8C (46F) or 9C (48F) and minimum temperatures will again be around 6C.”

A royal fan waits behind barriers on The Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle 

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The sun will set at 8.53pm on Harry and Meghan’s wedding day. A chilly night is in store on Friday for any die-hard royal watchers planning to camp out in order to bag the best spots along the route.

The sun rises at 5.05am; however, it will take an hour or two before things will begin hotting up ready for the day’s festivities.

“The minimum we are likely to get will be about 6C (43F) at around 6am,” Mr Bowles said. “That’s quite cold to be camping, but there will be low winds of maybe around 3mph and no rain is expected at all.”

‘Ethereal-tasting’ wedding cake breaks with tradition

The royal couple’s “ethereal” tasting wedding cake will be displayed in a special installation, their baker has revealed.

Claire Ptak, who is making the culinary centrepiece for the couple’s big day, said the layered lemon and elderflower cake – in three parts of varying sizes – would be presented in a non-traditional way.

The final design will be unveiled on the big day although Meghan and Harry are in on the plans.

“You’ll have to wait and see on the day. It’s an installation of the way that we’re putting it out. It’s the last thing that we’ll reveal. It’s a non-traditional layout,” Ms Ptak said. “It’s a slight shift from tradition.”

The chef, who owns the small, trendy Violet Bakery in east London, has been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace.

She described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with “ethereal” elderflower.

Claire Ptak said the layered lemon and elderflower cake would be presented in a non-traditional way

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The cake, which is being decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, is made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. The layers are sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd.

Some 200 Amalfi lemons are being used in the recipe, as well as 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial made using elderflower from the Queen’s Sandringham estate, 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk.

Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake

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Ms Ptak said: “It’s a lemon sponge – a special sponge that I developed just for the couple, and we drizzle the layers with elderflower cordial from the Sandringham estate so it’s really lovely and as local as you can get.

“We have a lemon curd made from Amalfi lemons which to me have the most delicious flavour.

“And then we’ve got elderflower swiss meringue buttercream.”

Final wedding preparations under way as countdown begins

The bunting is going up and the sun is shining (for now). Good morning and happy royal wedding eve!

Excitement is building in Windsor as crowds gather ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials on Saturday.

As The Telegraph‘s Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness reports, Ms Markle has been left negotiating the last-minute dilemma of who is going to walk her down the aisle, as her mother settled in to life with the Royal family.

Doria Ragland, who is now the most likely candidate to accompany the bride down the aisle, enjoyed tea with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on Thursday, after Ms Markle’s father was confirmed as being absent from the wedding.  She will meet the Queen on Friday at Windsor Castle.

Ms Ragland on Thursday spent time with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they took part in a full rehearsal of Saturday’s service.

The young page boys and bridesmaids were shown the ropes at St George’s Chapel, with ten children aged between two and seven due to accompany Ms Markle.

Meghan Markle Doria Ragland leaving Los Angeles on her way to London

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In a heartfelt statement, Ms Markle asked for her father to be given “space” to recover after he contacted her to tell say he would not be able to come to the wedding, after taking medical advice.

The bride-to-be was photographed with Prince Harry being driven down Windsor Castle’s Long Walk to undertake final rehearsals for their wedding at midday on Saturday.

Smiling and fiddling with her engagement ring, Ms Markle appeared to be taking a difficult week in her stride as the Royal family rallied round to help.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive for wedding rehearsals in Windsor on Thursday

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Ms Ragland, who only flew in to Heathrow on Wednesday, took tea at Clarence House with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

In what was described by sources as a “jolly” encounter, Prince Harry, Ms Markle and her mother joined the heir to the throne at home to enjoy a quiet moment in the middle of a busy day of meetings.

Ms Ragland is said to have “thoroughly enjoyed” the gathering, feeling welcomed by the Prince and Duchess with whom she has much in common.

The Duchess has recently taken on patronages of charities to support the elderly, Ms Ragland’s area of work, while both are known to be regular practitioners of yoga.

The issue of who will walk Ms Markle down the aisle remains under discussion, with Ms Markle understood to want to delay announcing a replacement for her father too soon out of respect for him.

Orders of service have already been printed, stating that the bride “will be accompanied by her father”. 

In fact, Thomas Markle is not well enough to travel, citing heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with the paparazzi for staged photographs in his home town in Mexico.

In a statement issued by Kensington Palace on Thursday , Ms Markle said: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” she said. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.

“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. “Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”  

Meghan Markle with her father Thomas

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By Ms Markle’s side on the final days leading up to the wedding, her mother is helping finalise plans for the day.

Already confirmed as travelling with Ms Markle to the castle for the service, she is considered the most likely candidate, reflecting their close relationship and the bride’s belief in gender equality.

Ms Markle could still choose to walk alone, or be accompanied by a male friend of member of the Royal family such as the Prince of Wales or Duke of Cambridge, who already has duties as best man.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who walked Princess Margaret down the aisle in 1960, is expected to attend after recovering well from a hip replacement operation. 

In Windsor, thousands of members of the public turned out to watch preparations outside the castle walls, where the armed forces carried out a dress rehearsal for their roles on the day.

Video: Military in royal wedding rehearsal in Windsor

Some 250 members of the armed forces are expected to take part in Saturday’s festivities, lining the streets as the newlywed man and wife head on a 25-minute carriage ride through the town.

There is a heavy police presence, with armed officers stationed around town and other officers on top of buildings looking over the crowds.

The warm and sunny weather experienced by visitors is due to continue until Saturday when, according to forecasters, it will be 21C. Let’s hope they are right.

Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/18/royal-wedding-2018-latest-news-live-updates-prince-harry-meghan/

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