Prince Harry reveals how Prince Charles readily agreed to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle on their wedding
Few would have noticed, but at one point during the ceremony, Prince Harry could be seen mouthing the words 'Thank You' to his father
The whole world was probably rooting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when the couple tied the knot in a spectacular ceremony at Windsor Castle that was live-streamed to all parts of the globe on May 19 this year.
And now, in the new BBC One documentary called 'Prince, Son, and Heir: Charles at 70', Prince Harry has revealed his father Charles' reaction over walking Meghan down the aisle at the time.
Only a few days before the wedding, Meghan's father Thomas Markle pulled out of doing the honors after suffering an apparent heart attack, as a result of which he did not attend the nuptials either.
At that moment, Kensington Palace published a note on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex. "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," she said. "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."
And when Meghan's father's apparent bad health became a huge concern, the Palace released a statement that said, "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and for respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation."
According to the new BBC documentary, Prince Charles accepted Prince Harry's offer to have him walk Meghan down the aisle almost immediately. "I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming, and he immediately said 'Yes, of course, I'll do whatever Meghan needs and I'm here to support you,'" Prince Harry revealed.
The Duke of Sussex added, "For him, that's a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he's our father so of course he's going to be there for us." Next came a statement from the Palace that said, "Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way."
Few would have noticed, but at one point during the ceremony, Prince Harry could be seen mouthing the words 'Thank You' to his father. "Just because he's my father that doesn't mean I can just sort of go, 'Okay, that's all, I'll take it from here,'" Prince Harry explained in the documentary.
In the same documentary, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said that this exact moment, in her opinion, "was very touching" and "a lovely gesture." And speaking of lovely gestures, apart from walking Meghan down the aisle, Prince Charles had another very sweet gift for his daughter-in-law.
As per reports, the Prince of Wales gifted Meghan a diamond tennis bracelet days before the ceremony as a pre-wedding gift from his side. But it looks like Meghan too isn't so far behind her gifting schedules, for the Palace recently announced that the royal family is going to soon witness the birth of another royal, since the Duchess of Sussex is expecting her first child with Prince Harry and the baby is due "in the Spring of 2019."