Charles to Walk Meghan Down the Aisle

Prince Charles is to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding, Kensington Palace has announced.

The prince is said to be "pleased" to be welcoming Ms Markle to the Royal Family by giving her away.

The palace statement in full read: "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."

It follows news this week that Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, will not be attending the ceremony on medical advice after undergoing heart surgery.

In a statement released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, the bride-to-be said: "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."

It has also been confirmed the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the wedding after recovering from a hip operation.

Philip, 96, was seen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week - the first public sighting of the Queen's consort since he left hospital.

Later today, the Queen will have Meghan's mother over for tea.

Doria Ragland has already met some of her new in-laws, including Charles, William and Kate.