Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making final preparations for their weddingPhoto: PA Wire/PA Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making final wedding preparations on their last day before becoming husband and wife - writes itv.com
The couple will accompany the mother of the bride, Doria Ragland, as she meets the Queen at Windsor Castle later – likely for afternoon tea.
Ms Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, has been tipped to walk Ms Markle down the aisle at the castle’s historic St George’s Chapel during Saturday’s ceremony, which will be broadcast to a global television audience of millions.
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Her father, Thomas Markle, decided not to attend the ceremony on medical advice after undergoing heart surgery.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace, the bride-to-be said on Thursday: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. 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."
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There has also been speculation that Ms Markle’s closest male friend, Soho House director Markus Anderson, could step in to replace Mr Markle, a reclusive former TV lighting director who was embroiled in controversy after allegedly being caught staging photographs with the paparazzi.
Mr Markle reportedly pulled out of attending the ceremony in St George’s Chapel to avoid embarrassing his daughter, but then later said before his surgery that he wanted to be part of history and hoped to be there, celebrity website TMZ revealed.