Meghan Markle has asked Britain's Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle in the absence of her father, Thomas Markle, who underwent a cardiac surgical procedure in America earlier this week.

Meghan, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, are set to tie the knot in London on Saturday.

Kensington Palace announced on Thursday, May 17, that Meghan asked her fiancé's father, the future king of England, to walk her down the aisle.

"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 statement read. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way."

The statement comes just a day after the former actress confirmed her father wouldn't be attending her wedding due to his health.

It was assumed that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, who arrived in London on Wednesday, would give her away.

But in the annals of Royal wedding history, no single mom has ever walked the bride down the aisle.

Markle released a statement explaining her father's absence due to health issues.

"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," the statement read. "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 on Saturday."

Thomas had suffered a minor heart attack on May 8, but he was up and about a couple of days later ordering junk food at a fast food restaurant.

Thomas returned to hospital this week after experiencing chest pains. He underwent an operation on Wednesday to place stents in his blocked arteries to open the blood vessels and improve blood flow.

Despite the humiliating and embarrassing setbacks, Meghan and Prince Harry seemed to be in good spirits as they arrived at their wedding rehearsal on Thursday.

Meghan and her mother are staying at Kensington Palace, where Meghan's friends and family, who arrived from America, are preparing for the big day tomorrow.

Meghan's ex-husband, film producer Trevor Engelson (pictured), was "persuaded" to hold off on making a TV show loosely based on her romance with Prince Harry.

Engelson, 41, pitched a script to Fox Studios about a divorcee who marries a British prince.

Meghan was said to be "deeply upset" about the show.

Photos by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images, Winston Burris/WENN.com

  • Trey

    Thats deep..her dad really must be a dirtbag

  • Passion

    Family can cause such chaos, sometimes you have pull away from them in order to have some peace. Very sad!

  • tia

    I think the dad got caught up with Meghan's grimy sister and brother.
    They did the most to throw a monkey wrench in this wedding. These folks are the lowest of the lowest; scums of the earth. It's unfortunate daddy couldn't make it. Nevertheless, I'm ready for them to tie this knot and get it over with. Hope all goes well with the bride and groom. Now start popping them babies out !!

  • MyaCompton

    Yes they are her sister reminds me
    Of Jane from the brady bunch!! And what her brother did was sooo low!! Smh!! Security should mos def keep them far away i dont blame Meghan for not dealing with them some family is just shady af...sad but true!!

  • MyaCompton

    Man, i wish her mom was walking her down the aisle...???

  • zero options

    Lol,
    I was hoping for a small break from the wedding news!
    I guess not!

  • Neva RuthLess

    I’m excited for this wedding and the couple. I love seeing love marriage and happiness. The fact that a black woman birth and raised her has me even more intrigued. Her mother did an excellent job with raising her. Go head Meghan.

  • Judi Lauren

    I didn't know she was divorced... boy Harry is really shaking up the royal family with this one...

  • Neva RuthLess

    Me too. She raised her, forget tradition, she raised her.

  • Scorpiess

    Yeah he is. Apparently the first interracial gay royal marriage ....

  • tia

    We love them dearly, but family can be the absolute worst. Yes, indeed.

  • KHJ2016

    I think the dad was uninvited and the health problem thing is a lie so the royal family won't look cruel for uninviting him. I also think Megan will suffer some type of breakdown from stress due to her insecurities and trying to be what the royal family expects her to be. I think his mom went through the same thing.

  • stav

    I will be so glad once this is over. This is so sad a half black woman marrying into a group of Nazi sympathizers(and Nazi's themselves). There is nothing royal about those disgusting people, who have financed many wars, tried to eradicate an entire people, hatemongers, have no power, and are pretty much a British novelty act.

  • Victor Nathan

    He is not going to be king anyway....every year he is being pushed down the line

  • Roxie Moxie

    He sure is! But what do they care! He ain't Prince Charles' son no way. lol

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I like these two. They are EVERY DAY PEOPLE... he don't behave like a snot head and mufuggas MAD he didn't go after some priveledged boring ole waiting in line white girl.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    It didn't matter... He's a rebel she's everyday and they both are happy.. Hell they better be glad they don't crip walk down the Isle. It's 2018 a WHILE LOTTA SHYT DONE CHANGED IN THE WORLD. BETTER BE GLAD HEV AIN'T MARRYING A SHIM!

  • pecancandy

    Lord not crip walk

  • Yetunde

    I don’t know why her Mum isn’t walking her down the aisle. Who cares what tradition says. The Queen can change those outdated rules how and whenever she likes.

  • Roxie Moxie

    My sentiments EXACTLY!

  • Logan Roberts

    Family can be your worst enemy sometimes.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Love these two. Congrats!

  • KcoolMuziq

    My GOD! This couple is SO sexy. The swag goo is just dripping from that pic. I was looking forward to seeing two black woman walking down the aisle. It would have been EPIC! But The Royal Family was not having this.

    Why would she want Prince Charles to walk her instead of her own mother? This WAS NOT her idea.

  • Logan Roberts

    I feel sorry for the dad though , all he was trying to do was pose for some positive pics. But that crooked mouth sister in that wheel chair, she's a snake.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    His Royal Highness. I couldn't figure out the first H, so I had to google.

    Meaghan definitely has a type, huh?

  • Alextra Ballard

    That ol wheelchair bound bit(ch) caused alla this. Yeah um tawkin about Meghan revengeful half sister. She couldn't get over the fact that Meghan didn't invite her nor her brother to the wedting. I feel so bad for her dad. He didn't deserve this. He should be their with his daughter. I would fron now on feed that heffa from a long handle spoon. Meghan was spot on. She knew her sister,that's the reason she wasn't invited.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    This is weird AF. I wouldn't want Prince Horse face walking me down the aisle. I'd want another male relative to do the honours.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    When folks get a load of the clown car she stepped out of, they'll understand why.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I wish her jealous family members would let this woman have her happy ending...Found out that some of her extended family members are getting paid to travel to the UK and be a correspondent during the wedding smh...

  • KcoolMuziq

    "Meaghan definitely has a type, huh?"

    I've said it on here before that her ex husband resembles Prince Harry.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Absolutely true they sometimes dont want to see you excel.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    They are jealous as hell. She is still winning.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I see so many women hate on her but if she was going to marry a broke ass bum no one who finch. I cant stand a hater. Why cant black women win???

  • Omandesert

    I think the royals threw a couple of dollars daddy’s way to keep his ass as far away from the palace as possible.

  • Logan Roberts

    I would walk my self down the aisle ?

  • i troll it like i see it

    Just don't click on any royal wedding news articles and the break can last forever.

  • Ni Ni

    If my daddy can't walk me down the aisle, one of my brothers will, then an uncle, then my black cousin?. I guess she dont want none of the negro side there besides mom and they seem to be the ones acting right.

  • i troll it like i see it

    To be honest, the highlight of this wedding for me is if the Spice Girls are going to be there together, and perhaps seeing Meghan's dress, that's about it.

  • Kemi

    Oh ok wish them well ! Wonder why she didn’t ask a male figure from her mom’s to do the honor of walking her down. I hope she’s not doing this to appease the queen.

  • Coy little wink

    They make such a handsome couple ?

  • We Can Do This

    We all know why. Her mother has color and that color on her mother's side would be uncomfortable for the royals and television.

  • We Can Do This

    She doesn't seem like the type to ever have dated a black man. Does this means she hates her mother?

  • Kemi

    Hope she’s understands what she’s getting herself into with the controlled environment.

  • Marlika

    I rather her walk down the aisle by herself than with that asshole. I hope Diana haunts him and frog face Camille!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Amen

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    ALL OF THIS

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    FACTS

  • Yup, I said it

    Megan is getting her fairytale! I wish more black women went after the life they wanted instead of settle with the life some low life man wants to give them.

  • Marlika

    I would roll that bitches chair out into traffic!?

  • the guest

    BEAUTIFUL!

    A fresh new start and beautiful welcome into their new family for Meghan Markle and her mother Ms. Ranland. Prince Harry and his family have impressed me with their planning of this wedding and their family stand for Ms. Markle and her mother.

    Princess Diana is smiling down on this beautiful couple.

  • Trace da Ace

    maaannnn.....just let the girl get married already...shit...I'm so sick of folks trying to throw shit out there about her and all that jazz.....Harry gives zero fuks about all that....he is going to marry her plain and simple......but it IS funny that it is the white side of her family that is acting up....bet people thought the black side was gonna show out...lmao....

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I dont think so. Why do you ask?

  • TMW

    Crabs in a barrel mentality. Family seem to be the ones that try to pull you back down, and weddings and funerals always bring out the worse in people. I learned a long time ago to let folk go who didn’t ride for me, whether we shared the same blood or not. Erebody can’t go.

  • Christopher Ferguson

    Thank you for pointing it out. Why have her black side been surpressed? It's reported that the only family is her mother. Not one relative? Nobody you want there, not a auntie, a uncle, a grandma, a favorite cousin, nobody? She ain't right. I see straight through her.

  • TMW

    My grandmother gave me away at my wedding. She raised me and kept me, so she was the only person who had earned the privilege to give me away. My daddy, granddaddy and mother were alive and all attended my wedding. The people on my mother’s side of the family were livid because it was my dad’s mother. I didn’t care.

  • Rico768

    sad, she should have advocated for her mother to do that. why have some stranger give you away. im concerned that all of her friends and people in her wedding are non black,not that it matters but it reminds me of my family members who married white and had all white people in there wedding and lives. donot even bring the kids around the black side..
    no shade..just this makes me go HMMMMMMM

  • Ni Ni

    ?She ain't right. I see straight through her.
    _______________
    Me too. i was in denial somewhat at first.

  • We Can Do This

    We know how it works the other way around.

  • Christopher Ferguson

    Omg, so was I. When I really started looking at the evidence I came to the sad conclusion that she's no different than those relatives of hers. They are jealous but they are not lying. Her ex best friend say she changed and I don't believe her father was invited. After the scandal. I also believe her mom is a lesbian. I would like to know if the black side is "on code" or if they are just being purpously ignored? Hmmm

  • Miss Thang

    Idk. the way my family is set up, if I ever get married, I'd probably just elope. From what I saw of her first wedding, her family wasn't invited to that either. Maybe she's really not close to them. Maybe she's the black sheep. Who knows.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I do not care when you all date Beckies. It is getting old. Ive come to accept it. I dont know if she likes black men or not probably not. I just wish that yall who date out atleast respect your own. I know black men like my uncle who have sit with Beckies and dogged women of color that hes been with.

  • dontgetblocked

    I really don't care about this wedding. I believe Meghan has passed her whole life until she has to reveal her black mother. I also think this marriage will last less than two years. However, her family is a bunch of haters. They may know something we don't but they should still support her. I'm glad Prince Charles is walking her down the aisle. The whole wedding has turned ratchet. Thank goodness it's the white folks not her hidden black family that's causing trouble.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Probably both ignored and left out on purpose. This is why I can't get down with it. I really don't care and won't be getting up at no 5am to watch.

    Something screams "off" about this marriage, but that will all come out, eventually. Yeah, Meghan is biracial, but we know how some of those "biracial" kids can be. They either play one side of the fence, forgetting about the other side or straddles it when a situation presents itself to where they can benefit.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Exactly! And the same reason why other members of her mother's side aren't being acknowledged. So, her mom didn't have any siblings and whatnot?

  • Roxie Moxie

    So, he can wear Nazi insigna at a party and still be okay with marrying a biracial woman? Hmmmm......guess he's a changed man, then? I know it was some years ago, but still. It was something he was proud to wear yet this arranged...I mean, mutual marriage is happening.

  • We Can Do This

    Not hard to tell!!

    That blackness showing up would be a hard reminder! Lol!

  • We Can Do This

    Here we go. I was just making a point. She's too light for me. But I know her type and it's the exact opposite of her mother's hue.

  • Evillene

    Her white family...they are truly awful.

    As Sheryl Underwood joked, I'm just glad it's not her black family causing all the mess. Still, it must be disappointing to be walked down the aisle by your in-law. Thankfully, Prince Charles has no daughters to give away so it won't be a protocol issue.

  • Quitedeliteful

    film producer Trevor Engelson (pictured), was “persuaded” to hold off on making a TV show loosely based on her romance with Prince Harry.
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    If her ex knows what's good for him he'll definitely shelve that show. He knows better than to mess with the royal family. They can have him removed from the planet if they so choose.

  • Quitedeliteful

    His family has always supported the Nazi's and from what I've read some of their ancestors were Nazis as well...

  • Evillene

    She has already suffered a breakdown -- and built herself back up. Sh e's a mixed race girl with a black mother and a hateful white family. She was born into drama and has had to deal with insecurities her whole life. Princess Diana was a posh white girl who led a charmed life...until she didnt. Sparkle will be fine.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Thank goodness it's the white folks not her hidden black family that's causing trouble.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Her Black family are too smart to get caught up in the drama... As soon as they open their mouths to the media they would be portrayed as loud, ignorant and trifling. They are not falling for the okey-doke.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Girl....what has she got herself into? lol All I'm saying is I don't trust that wolf in sheep's clothing. Not one bit.

  • Roxie Moxie

    A DEFINITE reminder. I wonder if any of them are gonna show up with a Swastika on their arm like Harry did back in the day? No?

  • Roxie Moxie

    "They can have him removed from the planet if they so choose".
    _________________________________________________
    With the quickness!!! They did it to Diana because she wasn't marrying/dating within the bloodline. Dodi Fayed was definitely not white. lol

  • Yardgirl

    Good for you!! Respect!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yuup.. These reptilian shape shifters are dangerous.

  • truthspeaker

    I think she needs to walk down the aisle by herself, she is a divorcee. But I also think that it is a wonderful gesture that her future father in law is going to fill her fathers shoes.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I just want to see her dress.

  • datjerk

    I wish they would get married already

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Oh okay my apologies. I misunderstood you. I see what you are saying now.

  • Jersey Girl

    Agreed!

  • Christopher Ferguson

    Yes. Now I Know his ass was never coming because they just announced in a BOLD femenist move she is walking alone and Charles will lead her the last way. She intended this all along when she choose not to have a maid of honor.
    A Royal person said the Royals dropped the ball because they should have had someone out here on the ground letting her people know what's about to go down and get ALL of them the business. So we do know that they are purpously letting this get out with all this family drama. Maybe they went and put the black side on code because looking at some old family pictures from when she grew up it was black and she definitely grew up comfortable around her blackness. Nothing is coming out about these people. I believe all the drama is her public humiliation ritual.

  • We Can Do This

    No problem.

  • BOSS

    He's Handsome!

  • MsChocCookie

    Why are we talking about her.....who cares......

  • Roxie Moxie

    " I believe all the drama is her public humiliation ritual".
    _________________________________________
    You already know!

  • Roxie Moxie

    LOL...the Queen probably shape shifting all over the place mad! Like Eddie Murphy did when he went from Professor Klump to Buddy Love. LOL

  • Ghost

    Harry has always shuck the tree..I love his personality!

  • Ghost

    Yes indeed!

  • Ghost

    Mel C and Mel B were not invited...but the others will be there.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • i troll it like i see it

    Mel B said she was invited! She said it on The Real, perhaps talking about it got her disinvited which wouldn't surprise me.

  • J2PC

    How so? His own father is a divorced man just like a number of other Royal family members.

  • J2PC

    Pushed down the line because his brother just had another child.

  • J2PC

    He has been in relationships and bedded a number of women before her.

  • J2PC

    That behavior was outrageous. Goes to show envy & jealousy can result in hatred to no end. They stopped at nothing. I can see why Meg wanted to say noooo they can't come. They have all types of problems & will don't care about embarrassing themselves or others. Trailer trash behavior. smh

  • J2PC

    The Mother will walk her half-way down the aisle where Prince Charles will meet them and join to walk her the rest of the way. -they came up with with a good solution to her dilemma. And it works!

  • Scorpiess

    Clearly reading is not your strong point -

  • Zeta1920

    I have been asking the same questions. It’s strange she only associates with white people. Where are her black relatives?

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    They Wouldn't pay Black Family members to travel and correspond.

  • the guest

    I was really looking forward to her mom too.

  • the guest

    HISTORICAL!!!!

  • the guest

    Crip walk!! LOL

  • the guest

    Her white family are a trip. No invite? They said we going to the UK anyway! They are a trip. I'm so glad that everyone who matters is not paying them any mind.

  • the guest

    SPARKLE!!!!! NO!!!!

  • the guest

    It appears to me Meghan and mother had their bubble and were content being their own family unit, just them two. No black side or white side, just them as their own unit. And her mother did a fantastic job and Meghan is PROUD of her mother.

  • the guest

    I said from the beginning, this marriage is arranged. This is no happenstance romance.

    This is an arranged marriage at Harry's behest.

    Harry wanted to marry a woman of color, a black woman, and the monarchy found him the most passably white mixed girl on the planet with her own money and her own fame.

    These marriages are not by chance. William's wife Kate Middleton was chosen and groomed for ten years to become his eventual wife. They really put Kate through it because William will be king.

    These marriages are arranged, just like Charles and Diana's marriage was arranged.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Agreed! And probably why Diana chose Dodi instead. Someone SHE actually chose herself....but we all see how that turned out.

  • the guest

    They are making a statement. She is one of us now. She is accepted. Her mother is accepted. They are letting her white family know in uncertain terms, the royals are not having them.

    I think Meghan and her mother have been through difficulty with both sides of her family. I think the black family probably weren't supportive of her mother's marriage to a white man. And the white side are just plain racist and mean.

    Meghan and her mother have overcome in the most monumental way imaginable and both sides who probably caused them pain and grief in the past are not part of their new family.

  • the guest

    SNL skit right there.

  • the guest

    Absolutely arranged marriage. Said the from the start.

  • Dainese

    You took all the words straight from under my fingers.

  • J2PC

    Two women walking down the aisle would have fit in with the current social agenda.

    A man walking the woman down the aisle symbolizes the beginning of a new family male's lineage by permission where her future offspring will bear their ancestral DNA name and become part of their family lineage.

  • J2PC

    Her father did not raise her, so it is not about that. -it is about a male family member giving his blessing for her and her future children to become part of a new family/ancestral DNA lineage bearing the surname of the new husband and his family lineage.

    Meg's father gave Prince Charles his permission & blessing to stand as the male giving her away on his behalf to symbolise swapping (or adding to her) family lineage.

  • kekeb

    I don't care what anyone says, they're a cute couple AND she IS half black. Period

  • truthspeaker

    lipstick alley has tons of pictures with her mom and her side of the family, her aunts, grandmom, grandad, uncles, cousins, even her white half-brother and them (her black family) so I think they were fine with her marriage to Mr. Markle. They divorced when she was six and there are pictures of her with them after that age. I don't know, still weird and very uncommon to not invite any of your own family.