Meghan Markle Should Strut Down The Aisle Alone

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) When it comes to Meghan Markle, columnist Heidi Stevens asks, “How cool would it be if she inspired a trend of brides walking themselves down the aisle?”

Chicago Tribune

I hope Meghan Markle walks herself down the aisle.

Her dad, Thomas Markle, is apparently no longer attending the wedding (something about conspiring with the paparazzi), leaving royal-watchers in a dither over how, exactly, the bride-to-be will arrive at the front of St. George’s Chapel to wed her beloved Prince Harry.

Should her mother, Doria Ragland, accompany her? They’re reportedly quite close.

Should her future brother-in-law, Prince William? That choice has precedent, People magazine notes. “When Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960, her brother-in-law Prince Philip walked her down the aisle, as her father, King George VI, had died in 1952.”

Prince Charles, her future father-in-law? CNN calls him “the most obvious choice.”

I’d love to see her eschew the whole lot of them and declare herself perfectly capable of walking solo, thank you very much.

You’ve seen the coverage. This wedding is supposed to inspire trends, from royal-themed cocktails to royal-themed wedding gifts to Meghan-like gowns, for years, if not decades, to come.

How cool would it be if she inspired a trend of brides walking themselves down the aisle?

Not that there’s anything wrong with dads, of course. Dads are lovely. Especially mine. (He walked me down the aisle at my first wedding. My kids walked me at my second.)

But for brides who aren’t particularly close with their dads, brides who’ve lost their dads, brides who adore their dads but feel a little funny about the “giving away” implications, here you go, son, she’s all yours now, walking solo is a wonderful solution.

I’ve attended a handful of weddings where the bride’s dad didn’t walk her down the aisle. One friend, more than a decade ago, had her older sister walk by her side. Another friend, more recently, walked by herself.

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