Royal wedding: Will Megan Markle’s dad Thomas Markle walk her down the aisle?

After months of intense speculation around what will be the happiest day of Meghan Markle’s life, sources have claimed the bride’s father will be present at the royal nuptials.

A source close to the family revealed that Thomas Markle Sr will fly in from his retirement community in Mexico just for the occasion on May 19.

The source said: “He’s very excited about it.

“He’s very close to her Meghan and he’s very happy. All the pressure has been hard on him and he’s just trying to stay out of the limelight.”

Another source suggested Mr Markle is not entirely “thrilled” about stepping into the spotlight, but the former Hollywood lighting director will be there on the day “his little girl becomes a princess”.

Royal commentators who have intently followed all news concerning the wedding of the year have agreed Mr Markle will most likely walk his daughter down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

CNN Royal Contributor Victoria Arbiter told Express.co.uk the wedding promises to be a stressful event for the bride’s father, but he is bound to overcome it for his beloved daughter.

She said: “I certainly expect to see Meghan Markle’s father walk her down the aisle.

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Royal wedding 2018: Meghan Markle’s father is expected to arrive for the nuptials

“There’s been nothing to suggest he won’t and of course most father’s relish such an opportunity.

“Given he’s such a private man it will no doubt be an overwhelming experience but he will want to be there for his daughter.”

According to the royal expert, fathers escorting their daughters down the aisle is an important tradition observed by the Royal Family.

Ms Arbiter added: “In the case of Princess Margaret, Prince Philip escorted her as her father had passed away a few years earlier.”

Back in November last year, both of Meghan’s parents expressed their joy at the news of her engagement to Prince Harry.

I certainly expect to see Meghan Markle’s father walk her down the aisle

Victoria Arbiter, CNN Royal Contributor

Mr Markle and his former wife Doria Ragland told Kensington Palace they were “incredibly happy” to see their daughter marry.

They said in a joint statement: “We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person.

“To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents.

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Royal wedding 2018: It is traditional for fathers to walk their daughters down the aisle

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Royal wedding 2018: Thomas Markle lives in a retirement community in Mexico

“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”

Royal expert James Brookes told Express.co.uk odds Mr Markle will be present at wedding to carry out the century old tradition – even if it is somewhat dated by modern standards.

Mr Brookes said: “The tradition of a father walking his daughter down the aisle dates back centuries.

“It’s rather antiquated – the thinking behind it was that women were their father’s property until they got married and became their husband’s property.

“Thankfully, that thinking’s disappeared, at least in the Western world.”

Mr Brookes underlined all royal brides of recent years, including Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, the Duchess of York and the Countess of Wessex, were all escorted down the aisle by their fathers.

The expert suggested Meghan and her father could even share the same carriage on their way to the Chapel which will help the bride calm her nerves and seek emotional support with her closest family members.

He added: “We have to remember that it’ll be a rather nerve-wracking experience, with the amount of protocol involved and the world’s eyes on every minute detail.”

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