Meghan Markle's special moment of 'independence' on wedding day achieved with help of Prince Charles

Meghan Markle radiated 'confidence and independence' thanks to Prince Charles' gesture

Meghan Markle independence - Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle
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Meghan Markle's response to Prince Charles' special request for her wedding day to Prince Harry helped her radiate confidence and a sense of "independence" as she walked down the aisle.

Meghan's response to Charles' offering is believed to have allowed her to prove she was far from a "blushing bride" when she married Prince Harry. 

According to royal biographer Robert Hardman, Meghan had a short but sweet reply for future King, Prince Charles, when he asked if he could have the honor of walking her down the aisle, with her own dad, Thomas Markle, not in attendance. 

"Feeling for his future daughter-in-law, the Prince of Wales offered to step in, saying he would be honoured to escort Meghan up the aisle of St George’s Chapel to the altar," the biography reads. 

Meghan Markle independence - Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England

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Meghan, is said to have asked her then father-in-law-to-be a question he did not expect, responding with, "Can we meet halfway?"

Robert, who penned new biography The Queen, explains that Meghan's ask of Charles "was an indicator that this was no blushing bride, but a confident, independent woman determined to make a grand entrance on her own".

Meghan Markle independence - Meghan Markle and Prince Charles

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After marrying, Harry and Meghan moved into Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, but announced in early 2020 that they were stepping down from their royal roles.

"We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," they confirmed in a statement at the time, before announcing in 2021 that they would not be returning to royal work.

Caitlin Elliott
News Editor

Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.