Charles makes his Markle as pa-in-law, and Harry's thrilled
The prince is always ready to step into a fatherly role in Meghan's life, says his son
The Duke of Sussex has shared a touching insight into how his father told him he would do “whatever Meghan needs” on their wedding day, as he agreed to walk her down the aisle.
The duke, who married Meghan Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle, said the Prince of Wales immediately agreed to escort the bride when her own father was unable to be present.
The prince stepped in at the 11th hour after Thomas Markle pulled out of attending the wedding, citing ill health following revelations he had colluded with the paparazzi.
Speaking about his father, the duke told the BBC: “I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming, and he immediately said: ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you.’
“For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and he’s our father so of course he’s going to be there for us.”
Asked about the moment the cameras in the chapel caught him mouthing “thank you, pa” to the prince as he escorted Markle to the altar, he joked: “I’ve been brought up well. You’ve got to say thank you.
“Just because he’s my father that doesn’t mean I can just go: ‘OK, that’s all, I’ll take it from here’.
“I was very grateful for him for being able to do that.”
Prince Charles is said to have formed a close bond with the Duchess of Sussex and helped the couple choose the music for their wedding.
The moment between Harry and his father at the altar is seen as one of the most endearing public moments of the prince’s later life and footage was widely shared on social media.
The Duchess of Cornwall, who watched the ceremony in the quire of the chapel, where she and the prince had their own wedding blessed in 2005, said: “I think that was very touching.
“Sitting where I was, you couldn't hear what he said.
“But afterwards watching it on the television, I think it was a lovely gesture.”
She also said it was “something that moved everybody” when Prince Charles took Doria Ragland, the bride’s mother, by the hand to sign the register when she had been sitting alone at the service.
“It’s the things he does behind the scenes that people don’t know about,” she added. “I don’t think people realise quite how kind he is.”
Prince Charles has also offered an intriguing insight into his relationship with his two sons, after learning that they had tried to emulate his environmentally-friendly ways.
“Your children always surprise you really because you think they pull your leg all the time and appear not to pay any attention at all,” he said.
“In fact, you then later discover perhaps they do. ‘Good Lord, don’t tell me you actually listened!’
“So you never quite know what’s happening.
“But very often I can discover a little bit through their friends who tell me you know, some of these things that they’d never ever admit themselves,” he said.
Ragland returned to the UK in September to join her only daughter at an official engagement to launch a cookbook for Grenfell fire victims at Kensington Palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby next year, with the excited father-to-be admitting he has now toasted the news “several times”.
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