Amid paparazzi scandals, news broke that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, would not attend his daughter’s royal wedding. What’s more, he was set to accompany Meghan down the aisle. Apart from the stress of family drama, Kensington Palace has had to devise a new plan. Today – one day before the big event – the palace announced that Prince Charles would walk Meghan down the aisle. 

It’s been a week full of drama for Meghan. Not only did she learn that her father had staged photos with the paparazzi, but she also discovered – along with the rest of the world – that her half-sister, Samantha Markle, had persuaded him to do so.

To complicate matters even further, Thomas suffered heart problems that prevent him from traveling to the historic wedding.

On Thursday, Meghan made an official statement concerning her father saying,”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.”

Things seem to be smoothing over however. At first, sources speculated that Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, would walk Meghan down the aisle. Others even considered Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother.

Now, in a statement from Kensington Palace, we learn that Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, has the honor:

“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St. George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day.”

The statement continued, saying, “The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”

The biological clock is ticking. At least, that’s what women in their 30s hear if they don’t have kids yet. And this warning isn’t without some scientific backing. After all, once a woman moves into her mid-30s, fertility naturally declines, making it more difficult to become pregnant and avoid age-related birth problems. But thanks to a new study from Princeton University, researchers may have found a way to extend egg health as women age.

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