Kensington Palace addresses rumours that Meghan Markle's dad may not attend the royal wedding

'This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle’

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'This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle’

The royal wedding is in touching distance, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to wed on Saturday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

While the average wedding run up is less than stress-free, Meghan Markle is having to deal with more than most, with her father Thomas Markle now rumoured to have pulled out of the wedding - four days before.

The news comes after Thomas Markle was left ‘deeply embarrassed’ to have reportedly been caught colluding with photographers in a series of publicity stunts.

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Kensington Palace released a statement following the news asking for ‘understanding and respect’ amid the reports.

‘This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding,’ announced a palace spokesman. ‘She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.’

Thomas Markle had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle, with both he and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland set to play important roles in the wedding.

Now with reports that he might not be in attendance, who would take his place and give Meghan away?

Well, it has been rumoured that it could be her future brother-in-law, Prince William.

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Ever since the nuptials were announced, there was speculation as to whether Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, would be walking her down the aisle after reports that he felt too shy to do the job, and Prince William was always rumoured to be her back up plan.

Not only have Meghan and William inevitably grown close, but it would also echo Prince Philip’s gesture for Princess Margaret, walking his sister-in-law down the aisle at her wedding.

There is no confirmation as of yet from the royal family so we’ll have to wait and see what happens on the big day.

Either way we can’t wait.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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