Why Isn't Doria Ragland Walking Her Daughter, Meghan Markle, Down the Aisle?
Even before this week's drama surrounding Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle Sr., and the news that he would not be attending the royal wedding this weekend, there was a hope that the bride's mother, Doria Ragland, would be the one to walk her down the aisle.
Given not only their close relationship, and the fact that Markle lived and grew up with her mother following her parents' divorce, but also the fact that the bride is a strong feminist, there was hope that we might see that break from tradition on Saturday.
But yesterday, it was confirmed that Prince Charles would be the one to accompany the Markle down the aisle of St. George's Chapel.
"Ms. 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," reads a statement that was shared on Twitter this morning.
"The Prince of Wales is Pleased to Be Able to Welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way."
According to royals expert and biographer, Duncan Larcombe, the possibility of Ragland walking Markle down the aisle was "discussed," but ultimately they decided that Prince Charles would be a better option.
"Doria and Meghan discussed it but she just didn't feel she could go through with it. According to the guidance I've been given, Meghan felt that it would be too much to expect her mother to perform such an important role when more than one billion people are expected to be watching," Larcombe told Harper's Bazaar UK.
Given the intense media scrutiny surrounding her father's situation this past weekend, the concern is warranted.
"There are few people on the planet who are more experienced than Prince Charles when it comes to set piece events like this," Larcombe continued.
"Just his presence by her side will calm Meghan and make the terrifying prospect of a royal wedding far less frightening. She will be able to let Charles take the lead and calmly make sure nothing goes wrong."
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.