Why Prince Charles Walking Meghan Markle Down The Aisle Is A Big Break In Royal Tradition?

Date May 19, 2018

As we learned days before the wedding, Meghan Markle won't be walked by her father down the aisle, and he will be replaced by Prince Charles.

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Due to his poor health, Thomas Markle Sr. was not present at the ceremony. So, Meghan found someone to replace him, and Prince Charles seemed like the perfect candidate.

Prince Charles agreed to take a huge step away from royal tradition and walk his future daughter-in-law down the aisle. To be fair, she actually walked a majority of the way on her own, but Charles joined her on the final steps.


According to etiquette expert, Myka Meier, this is a big violation of the traditional royal rules, as the representative of the groom’s family shouldn’t walk a bride down the aisle. Usually, one of her friends does that, or she can opt to do the whole walk by herself.


Meier says:

 Prince Charles is walking Meghan Markle down the aisle is like nothing we’ve ever seen before in a major royal wedding. It is unprecedented and a very kind gesture to show solidarity and great support for the royal couple from the British monarchy and senior royals.

He continues:

By walking Meghan down the aisle, the etiquette and protocol of who walks in and when will change slightly but seamlessly. The ceremony protocol will be reworked and orchestrated so that Prince Charles can then take on his other role as father of the groom and be seated next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the chapel as soon as Meghan is in place for the ceremony.

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Here's what people think about that:

This is the first time in modern wedding history that a bride was walked down the aisle by a groom’s family member.

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