If her father does not come, British newspapers suggested that Markle’s mother, with whom she is spending the night before the ceremony at a nearby luxury hotel, would walk her daughter down the aisle.
The two families have been closely connected since Hugh Van Cutsem became friends with Prince Charles when they both attended Cambridge University in the Sixties.
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Doria is close to Harry and Meghan – Prince Harry said she was “awesome” during a BBC interview on the occasion of their engagement – and Meghan has spoken fondly of their close bond during previous interviews.
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In a statement from Kensington Palace on Thursday morning, the royal bride-to-be announced, “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding”.
The row is a PR disaster for the palace, which has until now executed a faultless operation of well-timed announcements on cakes, bridesmaids and other wedding details.
The other bridesmaids are Harry’s god-daughters, two-year-old Zalie Warren and three-year-old Florence van Cutsem, and Ms Markle’s god-daughters: Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, and four-year-old Ivy Mulroney.
Representatives for the Royal Family revealed the couple had selected six girls aged between two and seven to act as bridesmaids during the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19.
“We’re here! Yay!” she said, posting pictures of London landmarks, after they were spotted pushing luggage through Heathrow Airport.
May 12: The Daily Mail reports that viral photos of Thomas prepping for the wedding are fake.
Meghan Markle has already walked down the aisle this year – on our television screens.
Markle Sr., 73, lives in Rosarito, Mexico, where he moved after a career as a Hollywood lighting designer.
Development has ceased on the FOX sitcom which caused Markle “anguish”, says the British tabloid.
Earlier this week a palace spokesman told journalists: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding”. The Toronto-based stylist has been one of Meghan Markle’s closest friends since the actress moved to Canada to film Suits in 2011.
Doria is thought to have arrived in the United Kingdom for the royal wedding, spotted on her way to Los Angeles Airport on Tuesday evening, carrying a Burberry garment bag.
May 14: Thomas tells TMZ he’s decided not to attend the royal wedding.
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Hugh Grosvenor is godfather to Prince George and part of the royal inner circle.