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Old 03-13-2018, 07:42 PM
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Hopefully her dad will walk her. If not I say she walk alone or walk in with Harry. I do hope to see Samantha's children there as a direct slap to their neurotic mother.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:13 PM
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I fully agree that having her future father-in-law or brother-in-law walk her down the aisle would be illogical - her mom would be the obvious choice if her father wouldn't be up for it
Didn't Prince Charles walk Alexandra Knatchbull down the aisle, even though her own father was there, though I believe he was unwell?

Personally, i think Meghan can walk herself down the aisle, though if she wants her Dad, that's her perogative too. And if he's shy/unwell, he can still be there but not have to walk down the aisle, after all, it's not a country church, there's quite a long aisle at the Windsor chapel and could prove tricky for some people.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:27 PM
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Didn't Prince Charles walk Alexandra Knatchbull down the aisle, even though her own father was there, though I believe he was unwell?

Personally, i think Meghan can walk herself down the aisle, though if she wants her Dad, that's her perogative too. And if he's shy/unwell, he can still be there but not have to walk down the aisle, after all, it's not a country church, there's quite a long aisle at the Windsor chapel and could prove tricky for some people.
Charles was an extended family member; just like some members suggested that some other family member of Meghan could take the job (if that's what Meghan would prefer).
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:28 PM
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I fully agree... But apparently I am not communicating that well

However, would Meghan be ok with the liturgy and which someone else presents her to be married (hmm, going a little off-topic); especially if that someone else is nog her parent?
Could they not just omit that part? Just like a number of brides omit saying "obey"?
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:32 PM
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Most royal observers are aware that Meghan is not the first American of color to marry into European royalty. But here's another testament to that fact. The writer of the piece does not appear to be fluent in English:
https://translate.google.pt/translat...ano_1485058%2F

Regarding who gives Meghan away, my order of preference:

Her father
her mother and her father
her mother
Markus Anderson (friend who is like an older brother to her)
Alvin Joffrey Ragland (her two years younger uncle)
Mark Dyer (Prince Harry's mentor and friend)
Ben Mulroney (her best friend Jessica's husband)
Christopher Hale (her nephew)
Prince Charles

There are plenty of options. With all of those options (and there are surely more), why should Meghan walk down the aisle alone?
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:08 PM
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Having read the many, many articles, etc. about Thomas Markle Snr, the fact that he has retired to the point of almost becoming a recluse makes me think he may very well have a significant health issue such as a heart problem or a social phobia.

You cannot see it, it's not like he has a cast on it for everyone to point and say "see, he's got a problem". But, his lifestyle is so diametrically opposed to his life and he seems to have gone to some lengths to distance himself from all of his children whom he could find very stressful.

If indeed that were the case, he may very well not attend the wedding. I Hope this is not the case and that he does indeed attend, both for himself and Meghan.
It seems like he wants to live a very quiet life and does not want any kind of attention (and one should respect that). A royal wedding in Britain would certainly drastically jeopardize that.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:14 PM
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It seems like he wants to live a very quiet life and does not want any kind of attention (and one should respect that). A royal wedding in Britain would certainly drastically jeopardize that.
If he does not walk her down the aisle, perhaps they can have him at the wedding privately and discreetly. The British press are vultures and have done all they can to harass both her mother and her father. Perhaps Meghan can just walk herself down the aisle?
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:24 PM
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I’m sure Mr. Markle will make the right decision and have his daughter’s full support for whatever that may be.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:28 PM
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Having read the many, many articles, etc. about Thomas Markle Snr, the fact that he has retired to the point of almost becoming a recluse makes me think he may very well have a significant health issue such as a heart problem or a social phobia.

You cannot see it, it's not like he has a cast on it for everyone to point and say "see, he's got a problem". But, his lifestyle is so diametrically opposed to his life and he seems to have gone to some lengths to distance himself from all of his children whom he could find very stressful.

If indeed that were the case, he may very well not attend the wedding. I Hope this is not the case and that he does indeed attend, both for himself and Meghan.
Why do people think he is a recluse with social phobias? The tabloids found him quite easily because he is out and about. The town he lives in is a beach one. He avoiding the media but that doesn't make him some house hermit either. The press tossed this label on him and people are going with it all because he wants privacy?
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:40 PM
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I agree ACO. I don’t think this guy is a recluse. So much for peace and quiet. This was probably the furthest thing on his mind when he moved there...,”ah, my daughter’s going to marry a prince”. Who can blame him for avoiding the spotlight?
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:19 PM
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I believe Meghan will have whom ever she wants walk her down the aisle and if she wants her mum right at her side on the big day then so be it. Having a mother walk her child down the aisle is not unprecedented, it is not a ‘MUST’ to have a man, dad walk her down the aisle. Harry will support her I’m sure plus he already has a great rapport with Meghan’s mum going by what he himself said about Meghan’s mother during the engagement interview and from what I gathered re the invictus game. Plus her dear mum was with her at her previous wedding. Not entirely ruling out Tom Snr but that would depend on him and Meghan obviously.

I doubt she will invite treacherous people she doesn’t consider to be CLOSE family or those linked to them, to avoid any ambiguity. She’s been unfairly exploited enough times by people who barely even know her since childhood, much less her personal life as an adult. People she almost certainly didn’t grow up with in the same household, tut tut.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:44 PM
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I don't normally follow this thread, but just reading the last posts makes me sad. What a dysfunctional family!.
It makes Uncle Gary look like a gentleman...
Her dad’s other children by his first wife are atrocious, there’s no doubting that whatsoever. But even they weren’t convicted in court as criminals. Convicted of assaulting a woman. And caught undercover dabbling in class A drugs including offering to solicit prostitutes. And photoed urinating on the streets in public. So you’re quite wrong with your making ‘......’ look like a ‘gentleman’ bit
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:48 PM
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:14 AM
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You're not wrong. Poor Meghan has to face the world with the whole world knowing probably more than she does about those she distanced herself from.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:07 AM
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I think we all know as much as we would want to know about her family. I donít see any interest in any of us to keep talking about them.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:20 AM
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Her parents seem like nice people. Her dad wants to be left alone, but the Daily Mail wants to expose him whenever they can. His children (not Meghan, but the others) want attention, I suppose. I love how the mother handles herself: she does not engage. That is the perfect way to do it. Don't engage. I think the father tried to be nice at first, but he came to realize that the press are vultures and they want to feed, not to be friends!

I think eventually the hype will fade and a kind of monotony will take over. The press must eventually stop harassing the parents because they will realize that, in fact, none of us cares! We don't care to see Meghan's mother driving to work or Meghan's father eating and shopping: in the end, these are stories of people doing things we all do every single day. Somehow, the press pack things that if they follow the parents they will gain some clues about the soon-to-be royal duchess?
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:17 AM
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Why do people think he is a recluse with social phobias? The tabloids found him quite easily because he is out and about. The town he lives in is a beach one. He avoiding the media but that doesn't make him some house hermit either. The press tossed this label on him and people are going with it all because he wants privacy?
Thank you! The invasive video stalking has also shown him walking just fine down the street, into stores, etc., even without a daughter at his side to provide (mutual) support.

Now, a long flight might be a problem for him if he has certain conditions. He may not be able to safely travel all the way to the UK. But if he can, I have a hard time thinking a walk down the aisle would really be beyond his capability.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:21 AM
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Now, a long flight might be a problem for him if he has certain conditions. He may not be able to safely travel all the way to the UK.
Yes, this is what I believe is the issue not actually walking down the aisle.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:18 AM
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Iím sure Mr. Markle will make the right decision and have his daughterís full support for whatever that may be.
I deeply feel for him. The way he's treated in the media is awful. I see a lot of disturbing posts about him too, not so much here but in other places online. Although it is his personal business, I can't help hoping he does walk her down the aisle. I think she loves him deeply and might regret it later if he's not there for this special day. Her Tig posting about him is very loving. It is impossible to fake that kind of feeling. It is plain as day to me that this father and daughter love each other truly. Maybe he's having a hard time right now, but if so it is so much more reason to connect with his daughter, to share her special day. The hard times are when we need most to connect to our loved ones, to be brave. The hard times are the worst time to give into the isolation. Be brave, Mr. Markle. A lot of out here hate the Daily Mail and are rooting for you, Sir!
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:29 AM
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I think the fact that Mr. Markle is retired, the media stalking him, and treating him like he’s some sort of magical mystery, are leading folks to think he’s not able to walk his daughter down the aisle.

I think he’s going to make it over to London, meet Harry in person, attend the rehearsals, and do the honor of walking Meghan down the aisle on May 19th.
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