As we, the enthusiastically vigilant royal wedding watchers here at Glamour.com, have touched on before, there’s a whole lot of drama going down regarding the presence of Meghan Markle‘s father, Thomas Markle Sr., on the big day. The key point is that he will no longer be attending the royal wedding: He’s in recovery following heart surgery on Wednesday. While it’s wonderful that the surgery seems to have gone well, it must be sad for Meghan that he won’t be at her wedding to walk her down the aisle, per the original plan announced May 4 by Kensington Palace. (There’s a whole lot more going on beyond that, including faked paparazzi photos—do feel free to sit yourself down with a massive cup of coffee to get through it all.)
“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” Meghan said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. “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 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.”
Never fear, however: Someone has swooped in to walk Meghan down the aisle—and it’s not who you might expect.
On Friday morning, according to The Guardian, Kensington announced that Harry’s father Charles, Prince of Wales, will accompany Markle down the aisle. Apparently she asked him to fill in after her father confirmed he’d be unable to do so himself.
“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way,” the palace said in a statement.
Other good news: Prince Harry’s grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh—a.k.a. Philip, a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth’s husband—will be able to attend the wedding. The 96-year-old royal has been in recovery from a hip operation.
For even more about the royal wedding, see our very extensive guide to all the details. In the meantime, we’ll be making the final adjustments to our fascinators and getting ready to watch the whole thing live early Saturday morning on Glamour.com.
–Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding: Everything You Need to Know
–The Thomas Markle Royal Wedding Drama, Fully Explained
–Meghan Markle: Sadly, My Father Will Not Be Attending the Royal Wedding