In a touching demonstration of support, Prince Charles is delighted to welcome Meghan into the Royal Family by walking her down the aisle.
Heir to the throne Charles has stepped in and offered his arm to Ms Markle as she makes her royal debut in the 15th century church.
Unlike Ms Ragland, Harry’s father is vastly experienced at appearing at large-scale public events amid intense scrutiny, and has previously performed this duty for Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of his close friend, Lord Brabourne, when she married in 2016.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, will meet the Queen today, with Prince Harry and Ms Markle joining the event. Mike Tindall, the former England rugby captain who married into the Royal family, said he was welcomed with open arms by them, and that Meghan Markle should just try and enjoy her wedding day.
Mr Tindall said he remembers the drinks reception with the Royals the night before his wedding to Ms Phillips and had some lovely advice for Meghan's family during what must be a rather daunting week for them all!
“We had a drinks event the night before and they are professional meeters and greeters, and I remember my family were in a corner and a little bit out of their comfort zone because it’s not where they are used to being,” he said. “But the best thing about the Royal Family is that they are so lovely and they’ll spot the people who are looking a little bit nervous and go straight over and take away all of that tension straight out of the room, and that’s what they are amazing at.
Then suddenly you’re in the family and they welcome you with welcome arms.”
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the former England centre, who married the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011 said of Ms Markle: “I think she’ll be nervous, but coming from her background in TV she’s used to the public spotlight.
“Not quite as much probably as has gone on this week, but she’ll be fine and I think she’s experienced enough to know that all she can do is enjoy the day. “And it’s a special day for them both, and as long as they get a quiet moment during the day and actually have enjoyed the day that’s what I wish for them, and hopefully they’ll live happily ever after.”
Kensington Palace has confirmed that Meghan Markle’s mother met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon.
Buckingham Palace has announced that the Duke of Edinburgh is to attend the royal wedding to see his grandson Prince Harry marry Meghan; Philip, 96, has been recovering after undergoing a hip operation, but was spotted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week – the first public sighting of the Queen’s consort since he left hospital.