Who Will Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle Now That Her Dad Won’t?
Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle?
With Meghan Markle marrying into the royal family, you’d think she’d be bracing herself for contending with their history of drama. But, nope — her own family is doing just fine in that department. Just a few days before the Royal Wedding, Meghan’s father is no longer attending — or walking her down the aisle – after he conspired with a photographer to stage some pre-wedding photos. They’re much less cute than Meghan’s high school yearbook photos we published earlier.
And that’s not even the half of it (seriously, it gets worse).
But what does she do now? Our vote? Her mom (who seems FABULOUS) should walk her down the aisle. Look at what sort of statement that would make. But we consulted the experts to see if that’s even possible, of if it goes against every thread of royal tradition out there.
Let’s hash out some options.
Walk down the aisle together?
“A great way to display your unity, walking down the aisle together is becoming more popular with modern brides and grooms,” says Brittny Drye of Love Inc.
If you’re torn between traditional and together, you can have your cake and eat it, too! “Have your beloved do a traditional entrance either from the side or aisle and then meet you halfway during your entrance to make a symbolic statement,” says Drye.
Come in one after the other?
“A twist on tradition, this aisle walk gives both parties a grand entrance but still allows for that unforgettable across-the-aisle exchange when the second party enters,” says Drye.
Be escorted by someone other than your parents?
This is where the question of who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle gets really tricky, because if it’s non-family, then who?The escort role should be a role reserved for someone in your life who is of utmost importance — which is why we totally don’t blame Meghan for making this last-minute switch! “Whether your parents are no longer in the picture due to death, estrangement, or travel, don’t feel like you have to walk solo. I’ve seen brides be escorted by their brother, their best friend, even their beloved pet!” says Drye.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to have someone related to you walk you down the aisle. “We had one wedding where the bride had no brothers and her dad had passed so she had one of her college friends do it,” says Tara Fay of Xena Productions.
Walk HERSELF down the aisle?
“I would suggest the bride walk down the aisle herself! In this day and age, why does she need to be escorted by someone?” says Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events. She should feel proud and confident enough to go it alone!
Have the future king of England walk you down the aisle?
Hey, why not. How about your fiancée’s father? “After all, he will soon be your father as well and you can make the ceremony even more special with this gesture,” says Lindsay Parrott-Masiewicz, owner of P3 Events. Prince Charles is there anyway! Another option of course is another member of Meghan’s soon-to-be family, Harry’s brother, Prince William. Sure, he’ll be rather busy with best man duties, but he is a prince. He can probably figure out a way to do both!
Her mom. DUH.
Meghan should just walk down the aisle with her mom. It’s the logical choice here. “I love it when the bride is escorted by her mom, especially if you are both very close, then it’s one of the best ways to honor her,” says Nahid Farhoud of Nahid Global Events. As she was largely raised by her mom and they are incredibly close, this sounds just about perfect.
At least we can all stress eat the newly released royal ice cream while we wait for the answer.
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