The Prince of Wales offered to walk Prince Harry’s wife-to-be down the aisle after her father Thomas Markle pulled out of the royal wedding. But Meghan’s reply was “not quite was he was expecting”, according to royal biographer Robert Hardman.
Writing in his new book Queen Of Our Times: The Life Of Elizabeth II, serialised in the Daily Mail, Mr Hardman said Meghan was “determined to make a grand entrance on her own”.
The royal author said: “Feeling for his future daughter-in-law, the Prince of Wales offered to step in, saying he would be honoured to escort Meghan up the aisle of St George’s Chapel to the altar.
“The reply, according to one friend, was not quite what he was expecting: ‘Can we meet halfway?’
“Here was an indicator that this was no blushing bride, but a confident, independent woman determined to make a grand entrance on her own.”
Meghan and Harry tied the knot in May 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Duchess of Sussex has been estranged from her father since he pulled out of walking her down the aisle following a row over staged paparazzi photos that threatened to overshadow the big day.
He also reportedly underwent heart surgery around the time of the royal wedding.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now living in the US after quitting royal duties.
The couple announced plans to step back as working royals in January 2020 and carried out their final engagements in March 2020.
As part of the Megxit agreement, they agreed to a 12-month review of the arrangements.
In his new book, Mr Hardman claims the Queen was not anticipating that the Duke and Sussex would return to royal duties.
He said: “The Palace also revealed that the Queen had insisted on a review of the situation after 12 months, just in case the couple might be having second thoughts.
“Privately, she wasn’t expecting them to.
“Asked by one well-meaning visitor if she expected them to resume royal life, the Queen replied firmly: ‘Of course not. They took the dogs.’”