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Prince Charles to step into father's role for Markle's royal wedding with Prince Harry

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will step into the role of Meghan Markle's father and walk her down the aisle at the when she marries tomorrow, announced today.

The 36-year-old former American asked her and the of to walk by her side at in Castle after it was confirmed that her father Sr would not be attending the wedding ceremony due to ill-health, having reportedly undergone a heart procedure earlier this week.

"Ms has asked His Royal Highness The to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire at on her Wedding Day," the Palace said in a statement.

"The is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the Royal Family in this way," it said.

The of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who will marry the prince and Ms Markle, said he thought it was "wonderful" Prince will walk Markle down the aisle.

"He's a very warm person and that he's doing this is a sign of his love and concern and support," he said.

The 69-year-old heir to the British throne has some practice of this role, having previously escorted Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of his close friend, down the aisle at her high society wedding to in 2016.

After days of speculation, Markle finally confirmed yesterday that "sadly" her own father will not be walking her down the aisle, adding that she cares for him and hopes that "he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health".

Prince Harry, 33, has not yet met his future father-in-law, a retired who lives in

It had been expected that her mother might step into the role as she is accompanying her daughter in the wedding car when she arrives at the chapel.

However, there was no preventing Markle from choosing a member of the royal family or a close friend from escorting her, or decide to walk alone.

Ragland, the 61-year-old yoga who divorced when Meghan was a little girl, flew into from Los Angles earlier this week and met Prince and and Prince and along with their kids Prince George and at Clarence House here.

She will meet Elizabeth II, Harry's 92-year-old grandmother, in Castle later today.

Prince Harry's grandfather, the of Edinburgh, will also attend the wedding, confirmed.

Prince Philip, 96, has been recovering from a hip operation.

Other members of the royal family are also in ahead of the wedding, including and Kate, and of Cambridge; and Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, of Cornwall.

There had been widespread speculation over Thomas Markle's attendance at the wedding ceremony after allegedly staged paparazzi photographs of him emerged in the media.

The wedding day "order of service", printed long before, still has his name on the list.

Meanwhile, the finishing touches are being added to the royal wedding preparations in Windsor, about 42 kms from here.

So-called royal "super fans" have already begun camping out in Windsor to secure the best spots of the wedding procession tomorrow.

They will also be hoping to see 33-year-old before he spends his final night of bachelorhood at the Dorchester Collection's Coworth Park in nearby Ascot.

The bride will stay at the Cliveden House Hotel, set in a historic estate in Taplow, Berkshire, with her mother. As per tradition, the bride and groom are expected to spend time apart from each other on the night before their wedding.

According to the weather forecast, Windsor is expected to see "ideal" wedding conditions tomorrow, with balmy temperatures and clear skies accompanied by a light breeze.

The newly-wed will be doing a tour of the city centre of Windsor in a traditional horse-driven Ascot Landau carriage after they tie the knot at St George's Chapel in

The palace had revealed earlier that Prince Harry's niece, three-year-old Charlotte, will be one of the six young girls chosen as bridesmaids at the wedding.

Her elder brother, Prince George, aged four, will be a pageboy among a total of 10 children chosen for the roles.

So far, all details of the bride's and bridesmaids' dresses and the pageboys' uniforms remain under wraps.

have said the wedding is expected to attract thousands of people and reporters from around the world to Windsor and that their planning is well under way, with security barriers and CCTV cameras.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 21:20 IST