Meghan Markle’s mum meets William, Kate, George and Charlotte

Meghan Markle’s mum met with Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte today ahead of her daughter’s wedding on Saturday.

They dined at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, where the much-anticipated wedding will be held.

Doria Ragland, 61, will meet the Queen tomorrow, accompanied by Meghan, and also sat down to tea with Charles and Camilla and future son-in-law Prince Harry shortly after landing at Heathrow yesterday.

The group enjoyed their first family get together late on Wednesday afternoon at Clarence House.

Ms Ragland is expected to meet the Queen tomorrow but it is not known if she will also be introduced to Prince Philip.

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The husband of the monarch, 96, is recovering from a hip operation but is reportedly determined to attend the wedding of his grandson and the former Suits star.

Elizabeth and her husband will be among 600 family and friends invited to the big day at St George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle.

Preparations for the wedding on Saturday are continuing apace – with a rehearsal thought to have taken place today.

A carriage – although not the one the couple will ride in – was pulled along the procession route through Windsor town by Windsor Grey horses.

It travelled from St George’s Chapel, where the couple will marry, past shops and houses before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.

Some 250 members of the armed forces will take part in the big day on Saturday from regiments that former Blues and Royals Captain Harry has a close relationship with.

At this late stage it is still not certain who will walk Meghan, 36, down the aisle.

Today, in a moving statement released via Kensington Palace, the actress confirmed her 73-year-old father Thomas Markle Snr was too ill to attend and formally ‘give her away’ – a wedding tradition.

Meghan, who has been in tears with worry, said: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding.

“I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”

She added: “Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”

It is widely speculated the role will be fulfilled by Ms Ragland.

Shortly after touching down the 61-year-old met Prince Charles and Camilla for tea at Clarence House on Wednesday afternoon, which sources said she “very much enjoyed”.

Thomas Markle has reportedly undergone major heart surgery in Mexico days after it was claimed he had accepted cash to stage paparazzi photos of him preparing for the wedding.

He has never met Prince Harry nor any members of the royal family.

Outside the castle walls excitement was building in the town as royal fans began to camp out on the procession route and tourists flocked to buy wedding souvenirs.

The wedding is likely to be the most-watched TV event of the year – so long as England don’t make it to the World Cup final.

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