Meghan Markle has been hit with the devastating news that her father will NOT walk her down the aisle, with less than two days to go until her big day.
The bride has been left with a gaping hole in a crucial part of her plans as she prepares to marry Prince Harry on Saturday.
Traditionally, it is the bride's father who walks his daughter down the aisle and presents her to the groom.
But this morning Kensington Palace released a statement from the former actress at shortly before 11.30am revealing Thomas Markle Snr would not be attending as he recovers from a heart scare.
It also followed a furore after he was caught setting up his own staged paparazzi photos.
The statement read: "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.
"I would like to than everyone who has offered generous messages of support.
"Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."
The statement was pointedly issued on her behalf - and not on behalf of Meghan and Prince Harry.
Now Meghan's mum Doria Ragland is being tipped to step in and accompany her daughter down the aisle instead.
Thomas Snr has suggested his ex-wife Doria Ragland should walk their daughter down the aisle this weekend instead, it’s been claimed.
He said she would be a good choice for the role, according to TMZ.© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Patrick McMullan
Patrick McMullan© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Daily Mirror
Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier today, Meghan's half sister Samantha Markle said she had hoped her father would attend the celebrations but that the priority is his health.
She said: "I wanted to see him go [to the wedding], I didn’t want him deprived of that. But clearly the priority should be whether or not it’s safe for him to do that. That’s where we’re at.”
So who will walk the bride-to-be down the aisle? Here's the latest odds on who is most likely to give Meghan away...
Meghan's mum Doria Ragland
Harry is fond of his future mum-in-law Doria, 61, and has previously said during a chat about Meghan: “Her mum’s amazing”.
Doria, who lives in Los Angeles, is already expected to have an "important role" during the ceremony.
It's thought she will ride with Meghan in the car to the chapel in Windsor Castle.
Doria will meet the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and his wife Kate before the big day.
And now fans are convinced she would be perfect to walk Meghan down the aisle.© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Internet Unknown
Harry's dad Prince Charles
Odds: 3/1© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty
Meanwhile, others believe that Prince Harry's dad should do the honours.
Prince Charles will already play a big part in the wedding - but he could also walk his daughter-in-law down the aisle.
The gesture would go a long way to symbolise Meghan being welcomed into the royal family.
Going it alone
Odds: 5/1© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: GC Images
As a modern-day bride Meghan could walk down the aisle by herself and meet Prince Harry at the altar.
With all eyes on her, the actress could relish her big moment.
Bookies are also taking bets on other members of the royal family fulfilling the role, with Prince William at 5/1, Prince Philip at 16/1, the Duchess of Cambridge at 100/1 and Harry himself at 33/1.
The odds of her dad changing his mind are set at 10/1, making it a more likely outcome than Meghan allowing her estranged and uninvited half-sister Samantha Markle to walk her down the aisle (22/1), or her equally distant half-brother Thomas Jr (33/1).
Bets are even being taken on her Suits co-stars Patrick J Adams (14/1) and Gabriel Macht (14/1), or her good friend and Pilates enthusiast Heather Dorak (20/1).
Her rumoured maid of honour Lindsay Roth carries odds of 16/1, while her stylist Jessica Mulroney is at 33/1.
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