Meghan Markle dealt with an unfortunate amount of family drama in the months leading up to her royal wedding in May.
After much back and forth about whether her dad, Thomas Markle, would be attending the high-profile affair and walking her down the aisle, Thomas was forced to miss out after suffering consecutive heart attacks. In his place, Meghan’s now father-in-law, Prince Charles, walked her partway down the aisle.
Now, months after the event, the royals are opening up about the heir apparent’s participation in the ceremony.
In an interview from the upcoming BBC documentary Prince, Son, and Heir: Charles at 70, the Duke of Sussex revealed the poignant moment he asked his father to accompany Meghan during their nuptials at Windsor Castle.
“I asked him to, and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,'” Harry recalled, according to People. “For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so of course he’s gonna be there for us.”
When Charles and Meghan reached Harry at the end of the aisle, the 34-year-old royal whispered “thank you” to his dad in a touching gesture.
“You’ve gotta say thank you. Just because he’s my father that doesn’t mean I can just sort of go, ‘Okay, that’s all, I’ll take it from here,'” he said of the moment. “I was very grateful for him to be able to do that.”
People reports that Meghan separately revealed, in a personal recording for the new Windsor Castle exhibition “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” another unexpected way that her father-in-law participated in the wedding. Apparently, he helped pick the tunes!
“We worked quite a lot with the Prince of Wales, who has incredible taste in specifically classical music, so it was really fun to spend some time going through selections with him,” the duchess recalled.
What do you think of Prince Charles’ kind gesture for Meghan and Harry at their wedding?
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