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Meghan Markles mother Doria to get starring role on royal wedding day

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communications secretary, said at a briefing this morning: “The first thing I would like to share is that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markle’s parents to Windsor for the wedding.“Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland will be arriving in the UK in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry’s family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day.” Meghan Markle has chosen her mother, Doria, to travel with her to the wedding, travelling from their overnight accommodation to St George’s Chapel by car.The decision breaks with UK tradition, which usually sees the bride travel with her father before he gives her away in the wedding ceremony.Instead, Ms Markle wanted to include both parents in her wedding day. Her father will meet her at St George’s Chapel, where he will walk her down the aisle.Mr Knauf said: “Both of the bride’s parents will have important roles in the wedding.“On the morning of the wedding, Ms. Ragland will travel with Ms. Markle by car to Windsor Castle. Mr. Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle of St George’s Chapel.  Meghan Markle, pictured as a child with her father Thomas Markle  Meghan Markle, pictured as a child with her father Thomas Markle “Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.”He added: “It’s very important to her that both her parents have a special role in the day.”Both parents will meet the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family after they fly into England the week before the wedding.Ms Markle’s mother and father, who are divorced, have not yet met their new in-laws, and will be welcomed into the palaces later this month. The meeting is particularly significant for having all senior members of the Royal Family present, in a rare moment where they are in the same place at the same time. read more