Ever since the news was announced that Meghan Markle's father Thomas would not be attending the royal wedding, speculation has been rife over who would be the one to walk the bride-to-be down the aisle.
But now, Kensington Palace have confirmed that Harry’s father, Prince Charles, will be taking on the honour, on the big day tomorrow.
In a new statement, the palace have 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.’
Rumours had previously flown that Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland would walk step in in his father’s absence – and there is indeed royal precedent for this. Queen Victoria walked both of her daughters down the aisle.
Others believed that Meghan’s close friend, Soho House director Markus Anderson, could be the one to do the honours on Saturday.
However, there had also been rumours that Prince Charles would undertake the honour for his soon-to-be daughter-in-law, as Harry’s father.
Fans have flocked to social media to share their opinion on the news, with many appearing divided over Meghan’s decision.
Some have suggested that giving Doria the responsibility, would have been the best option. One user wrote, ‘No, it should of been her Mum to do it. She brought her up and she should do it.’
However, the vast majority commenting on the Palace’s announcement appeared to agree that it was a lovely gesture, as Meghan prepares to join the family.
One fan wrote, ‘That’s a lovely thing to do.’ While another agreed, ‘That’s so lovely! Prince Charles has no daughters, so I’m sure he is thrilled to be able to take on this role’
A third fan also commented, ‘Prince Charles doesn’t have a daughter so he must be very happy with the honor’
The news comes just a day after Meghan herself confirmed in a personal statement that her father Thomas Markle would not be attending the wedding. Thomas has recently undergone heart surgery, meaning he is unable to travel to the UK for the big event.
In the statement, the royal-to-be revealed that she hopes her father ‘can be given the space he needs to focus on his health’.