Meghan Markle’s father gets measured at a backstreet tailor in Mexico

It’s no Savile Row! Meghan Markle’s father Thomas gets measured at a backstreet tailor in Mexico as he prepares to walk his daughter down the aisle for her wedding to Prince Harry

  • Thomas Markle Snr, 73, was spotted in a suit fitting at a small tailor shop in Rosarito, Mexico on Friday
  • Meghan Markle’s father and her mother Doria Ragland, 61, will be attending the Royal Wedding on May 19
  • Thomas, a former Hollywood lighting director, will walk the 36-year-old Suits actress down the aisle
  • Sources have revealed that Meghan’s  fiancé Prince Harry, 33, has yet to meet the starlet’s father
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Meghan Markle’s father was spotted at a suit fitting on Friday as the Royal Wedding approaches in just two weeks.

Earlier this week royal aides finally confirmed that the Suits actress will have both of her parents, father Thomas Markle Snr and mother Doria Ragland, at her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19. 

On Friday Thomas, 73, was sized up by a tailor near his home in Rosarito, Mexico, to get ready to walk his daughter down the aisle.


Thomas Markle Snr, 73, was spotted at a suit fitting in Rosarito, Mexico, on Friday in preparation for walking his daughter Meghan, 36, down the aisle when she marries fiancé Prince Harry on May 19 at Windsor Castle outside London




Thomas was sized up by a backstreet tailor in the small town where he currently lives. Royal sources said Meghan is thrilled to have the former Hollywood lighting director at the wedding along with her mother Doria Ragland, 61


Meghan, pictured with her father Thomas in her younger years, has admitted that she is a ‘daddy’s girl’ even though her father divorced her mother when she was just six

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    After months of uncertainty, it has finally been confirmed that Thomas and his ex-wife Doria Ragland, 61, will travel to the UK from the US in the week before the ceremony at Windsor Castle. 

    ‘Ms Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion. It’s very important to her that both her parents have roles in her wedding,’ a spokesman for Kensington Palace said.    

    This week it was also revealed that Prince Harry still hasn’t met his fiancée’s father – but the pair have already spoken on the phone.

    A source told the Sun: ‘Thomas cannot wait to fly to the UK to see Meghan and meet Prince Harry for the first time. He will be extremely nervous, but his family are backing him.

    ‘Despite some of the squabbles in the family, he is the one who joins them all together. He still has the respect of virtually everyone.’

    Harry is also believed to have called Thomas at his home in Mexico to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage last year. 


    The full details of the schedule for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day have finally been released by Kensington Palace


    This week news emerged that Meghan’s Ralph & Russo dress will cost the royal family £100,000. Meghan gave the public a sneak peak of what she may look like on the big day when she donned a wedding dress for an episode of the TV show Suits


    Harry’s brother Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has been tapped to be the best man. The two are pictured at Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’s wedding in Englefield, Berkshire, in May 2017

    Sources who saw Thomas at the tuxedo shop on Friday said that the father was ‘all smiles’ as he was fitted.  

    The former Hollywood lighting director was casually dressed in black trousers and a navy polo shirt. 

    A young shop worker was seen assessing his arms, neck, waist and legs with a measuring tape.

    Sources have said the measurements will be sent on to a top tailors in London.  

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      Thomas is shown cradling Meghan as an infant. Meghan has admitted that she is a ‘daddy’s girl’ even though her father divorced her mother when she was just six years old

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        Meghan is pictured with her mother Doria Ragland, 61, who is a professional yoga instructor and social worker

        Meghan’s parents will both be introduced to all senior members of the Royal Family including the monarch, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the week before the big day.

        The palace said the Queen, Charles and William would all be involved in the wedding – but it has emerged that 96-year-old Prince Philip could miss the event as he continues to recover from his hip operation on April 4, with an aide simply saying that they ‘very much hope’ he will attend. 

        The page boys and flower girls at the ceremony are thought to include Prince William and Kate’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

        The Duchess of Cambridge will be there on the day, but not with Prince Louis, who was born on April 23. 


        The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pictured with their new son Louis in London on April 23, will also be at the wedding


        Princess Charlotte and Prince George, pictured watching the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on June 17 last year, are expected to be involved in the bridal party later this month. Their new baby brother Louis will not be in attendance

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          Harry is heartbroken that his own mother, the late Princess Diana, won’t be at the wedding, but has reportedly made sure that his late mother’s family will play a significant part in proceedings as a way of ‘celebrating the memory’ of Diana, Princess of Wales.

          All three of Princess Diana’s siblings – Earl Spencer, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale will be present with their families – and Lady Jane will give a reading during the service. 

          The spokesman added: ‘In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as Best Man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother’s family in his wedding.’ 


          Harry is heartbroken that his mother, the late Princess Diana, won’t be at the wedding, but is reportedly planning a tribute


          Harry and Meghan’s wedding ceremony will take place at St George’s Chapel (above) on the grounds of Windsor Castle


          Preparations for the royal wedding continued in Windsor on the Long Walk this week, with just over two weeks to go


          Further details around wedding day were also released by Kensington Palace during a briefing for media today including:

          • The couple will spend, as according to tradition, the night before their wedding apart.
          • There will be no American-style maid of honour and all of the couple’s page boys and bridesmaids – who are expected to include Prince George and Princess Charlotte – will be children.
          • The couple will not go on honeymoon straight away – and will, remarkably, undertake their first public engagement as man and wife just days after the ceremony.
          • The couple’s guests will arrive at St George’s Chapel between 9.30am and 11am on May 19. Guests will be arriving at the Round Tower by coach and will be seen walking to the South Door of St George’s Chapel.
          • Members of The Royal Family will begin to arrive from 11.20am, and enter St George’s Chapel via the Galilee Porch. Some will be on foot, and others will arrive by car.
          • Prince Harry and his brother The Duke of Cambridge, who is his best man, will arrive at St George’s Chapel most likely by foot and will enter via the West Steps. This will allow Their Royal Highnesses to acknowledge the 1,200 members of the public invited into the Castle precincts, including the 200 charity representatives gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps.
          • On the morning of the wedding, Meghan will get ready with her mother and girlfriends at a mystery location. Mother and daughter will be filmed leaving in their car together.
          • Meghan and Doria will stop just before they get to the venue. Doria will then head on into the chapel through the entrance reserved for members of the royal family, while Meghan will be joined by some of her Bridesmaids and Page Boys before she continues her journey to the church, entering via the West Steps.
          • The Service will take around an hour and afterwards the newly married couple will process out of the church and acknowledge the 200 representatives of Prince Harry’s charities gathered in the Cloister. A spokesman said: ‘The couple are delighted that these people who will be such an important part of their official work in the years to come will be the first people they see after their wedding.’
          • As the couple step into their Carriage, close family members will gather on the West Steps to wave them off on their Procession, which is due to take just under 25 minutes. A spokesman added: ‘Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to this part of the day. It will be their chance to express their gratitude for the goodwill and warm wishes they have received from all quarters in the months since their engagement.’
          • Members of the congregation will file out of the church onto the grass to see the start of the Procession before walking to the reception at St George’s Hall. All guests will be attending the reception at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle afterwards, which will last until around 3.30pm.
          • Later the bride and groom will be photographed by media departing Windsor Castle for the evening reception at Frogmore House.


          Harry and Megan are pictured in their engagement photos taken in the UK in December


          The couple met in July 2016, started dating publicly in November 2016 and announced their engagement in November 2017

          A spokesman for the couple said: ‘The bridesmaids and page boys are all children. Ms Markle will not have a maid of honour. She has a very close group of friends and didn’t want to choose one over the other. 

          ‘They have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there with her the day before in London. She will be pleased to have their support on the day but they have no official role.’ 

          Who are the key players in Harry and Meghan’s wedding party?

          • Best man: Prince William
          • Father of the bride: Thomas Markle
          • Ushers: Rumoured to be Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip, 31; Charlie Van Straubenzee, 29; Tom Van Straubenzee, 35; Adam Bidwell, 42; Arthur Landon, 37; William Van Cutsem, 38; and Mark Dyer, 52.
          • Flower girls: Rumoured to be Princess Charlotte, three; Benita Litt’s twin daughters, five; and Jessica Mulroney’s daughter Ivy, four
          • Page boys: Prince George, four; and Jasper Dyer, five
          • Diana’s siblings: Earl Spencer, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale

          Kensington Palace said: ‘The couple will be going on honeymoon but not straight away and I can say that they will have their first engagement as a married couple the week after the wedding, which we will be making more announcement about soon. 

          ‘They will not conduct any more engagements between now and the wedding. ‘

          Asked whether the couple would kiss for the cameras on the steps of the chapel, their spokesman laughed: ‘I have no comment on kissing today.’

          A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘On the day itself we expect Windsor to be very busy. The council has worked with partners including Thames Valley Police to plan what will be a fantastic day of celebrations. 

          ‘As the Royal Borough of Windsor has said, work is well underway to ensure the occasion is a memorable and joyous one for all involved and they are working closely with a wide range of partners. 

          ‘Rail operators will be putting on extra trains and there will be park and walk and park and float services (arriving by boat) to help people get into town. 

          ‘Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and book all travel arrangements early so they can make the most of their trip.

          ‘I would very much appreciate the media’s assistance in spreading the message that visitors to Windsor will have a chance to be part of a very special day, but those who will be heading to the town really do need to plan their journeys carefully.’


          The couple has faced some criticism because Meghan is an American and she has previously been divorced

           

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