Defying convention

Meghan Markle upends tradition to include her mother in the royal wedding

Meghan Markle at an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle will break with longstanding U.K. tradition by having her mother, Doria, travel with her to her wedding with Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel on May 19, according to officials for the royal family. Traditionally, royal brides travel with their father before he gives her away during the wedding ceremony, but the popular actress has said that she decided to eschew tradition so that both her mother, Doria Ragland, and her father, Thomas Markle could be active participants in the wedding. While Doria will escort Markle to the church, Thomas will be the one to walk her down the aisle.

Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland. ( GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Markle’s parents, who are divorced, are expected to travel to the U.K. a week before the wedding so they can meet their new royal in-laws for the first time. Prince Harry’s press secretary, Jason Knauf, has said that visits with the Queen, her husband Prince Philip, Harry’s father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and Harry’s brother Prince William and his sister-in-law Kate have all already been scheduled. Markle, Knauf added, has elected to go without a maid of honor for the wedding, while Prince Harry has chosen his brother William as his best man. The wedding will also reportedly include a tribute to the late Princess Diana, Harry’s mother, who was killed in a car crash in 1997.

Royal officials also fielded questions about Markle’s wedding gown, but said only that the style and designer will be kept a closely-held secret until the moment the bride arrives at the St. George’s Chapel.

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