And we're off to a rocky start, folks! Meghan Markle has been dealing with a lot of stress leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry, from her sister's (fake?) car accident to her father's heart surgery. Yet another thing went wrong on the evening before the royal wedding, when the palace released the official program and it hadn't been updated to reflect the fact that Meghan's dad Thomas Markle couldn't get to England to walk her down the aisle. That's a major mistake!
According to the 20-page program which was obtained by TMZ, page 9 still reads, "The Bride, having been greeted by the Dean of Windsor, moves in procession through the Nave where she is joined by her father, Mr Thomas Markle, to the High Altar." It's unclear whether the programs were printed in advance or if a wrong version was accidentally printed, but it certainly must be painful for Meghan to have to see that when her father is still laid up in the hospital and unable to attend.
Meghan expressed her disappointment in a statement about her dad's absense on May 18. "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," she wrote. "I would like to thank 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."
Luckily, her soon-to-be father-in-law will be doing the honors in Tom's place. Prince Charles has offered to walk Meghan to the altar, after she makes the unprecedented move of beginning the procession all by herself; a first for the royal family. We hope this bump on the road doesn't hurt Meghan too much!