When Prince Charles asked Meghan Markle if he could walk her down the aisle at her 2018 nuptials to Prince Harry, she reportedly asked him: "Can we meet halfway?" according to a royal expert.
Robert Hardman discussed the events leading up to the Royal Wedding which prompted the Duke of Cornwall to step up and offer to walk his future daughter-in-law down the aisle at St George's Chapel.
Meghan's mother Doria Ragland had flown in from California to be at the wedding and was the only member of Meghan's family present following her father's antics just days before the big day.
Thomas Markle had been persuaded by a news agency to pose for staged photos which showed him preparing for his daughter's big day.
But when the ruse was exposed, he suddenly announced he was not coming to the wedding to spare the couple any further embarrassment – but it then emerged he was in a Mexican hospital being treated for serious heart problems.
Eager to save the day for his future daughter-in-law, the Prince of Wales offered to step in and said he would be "honoured" to escort Meghan up the aisle, Hardman wrote in The Daily Mail.
But according to one friend, Meghan simply responded with: "Can we meet halfway?"
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Hardman wrote: "Here was an indicator that this was no blushing bride, but a confident, independent woman determined to make a grand entrance on her own."
The couple have hit the headlines in the four years since their wedding, making the bombshell announcement in 2020 that they would be leaving their roles as senior members of the Royal Family and move across the Atlantic.
Subsequently, they took part in an infamous interview with American TV host, Oprah Winfrey, during which a series of controversial allegations against The Firm were made.
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Though the Queen very rarely comments when members of the family vent private grievances in public, she made an exception this time.
A Palace statement issued on her behalf contained a deftly diplomatic, yet unambiguous riposte: "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex now reside in California with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.
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