Less than two weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement was announced, plans for the royal wedding are already coming together. They've set an approximate date (May 2018), booked a venue (St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle), and have reportedly even picked out a wedding cake flavor.
And now, Markle's father
Mirror, a British tabloid, hunted down Tom Markle near Rosarito Beach in Mexico. When asked if he'd like to give Meghan away, he responded, "Yes. I’d love to," adding that he was "very pleased" and "delighted" about his daughter's engagement, but declining to comment further. "I’m sorry. You know I can’t talk," he said.
This is the first time the public has heard from either of Markle's parents following their statement about her engagement.
"We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry," it read.
"Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares her same qualities, is a great source of joy for us as parents."
While it has yet to be confirmed whether Markle's father will be the one to walk her down the aisle, it's a fairly safe bet. Looking back at a selection of recent royal weddings, Duchess Kate, Countess Sophie, Sarah Ferguson, and Princess Diana were all accompanied by their fathers as they processed into the church, and the British royal family is nothing if not traditional. However, exceptions have been made, when the bride's father is deceased. For example, in 1960, following the death of Princess Margaret's father, George VI, it was Prince Philip who accompanied Margaret down the aisle and gave her away at the altar.
While we'll almost certainly see Markle's father at Windsor Castle next May, it should be noted that he has yet to meet Prince Harry. "He’s talked to my dad a few times, hasn’t been able to meet him just yet," Markle shared during in her first sit-down interview with Prince Harry.
But according to Clarence House, he did offer Harry his blessing to propose.
"Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents," reads a statement.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors