Meghan Markle smiles as she arrives in Windsor with Prince Harry for wedding rehearsal
Meghan Markle smiled as she arrived for a wedding rehearsal today - just hours after telling the world her father will not be attending her big day.
The 36-year-old grinned as she and Harry were driven into Windsor Castle where final preparations for the wedding are taking place.
The couple left Kensington Palace this afternoon with best man Prince William and wife Kate Middleton in a second car heading for Windsor Castle, where The Queen was in residence.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by their children - four-year-old page boy Prince George and three-year-old bridesmaid Princess Charlotte.
Groom-to-be Harry wore a grey jumper while Meghan, in cream, flashed her sparkling engagement ring at cheering crowds.
Later, as they departed, the couple were pictured looking at each other in the back seat, with Meghan, wearing large sunglasses, offering a warm smile to her future husband.
Kate, who has not been seen in public since the birth of Prince Louis, sported a pair of oversized sunglasses and a flowery outfit alongside her suited husband.
Meghan, meanwhile, was surrounded by her mother, close friends and future in-laws as final preparations were made for the wedding.
This morning she is understood to have spent time with her best friends including stylist Jessica Mulroney and author Lindsay Roth before being driven to Windsor.
Ou tside 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.
Earlier today, Meghan confirmed her dad will not be walking her down the aisle at her wedding on Saturday.
Reports surfaced yesterday that Thomas Markle Snr had undergone major heart surgery.
Today the US former actress confirmed for the first time that her father needs "space" to focus on his health and will not be in attendance on her big day.
A source said about Meghan: âShe is concerned for her father but is also excited about her wedding.
âShe has her mother all her friends around her and is very much looking forward to it.â
It is understood Harry and Meghan had tea with the Queen in a scheduled meeting, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Meghan's mother Doria Ragland was also due to be present at the social gathering with the Queen but it is not known if she was travelling with her daughter and future son-in-law.
The mother of the bride arrived from Los Angeles yesterday.
Media reported seeing two black four-by-fours and police outr iders drive up The Long Walk to Windsor Castle before 2pm on Thursday.
Meghan's statement about her father, released through Kensington Palace, read: "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.
"I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."
Doria Ragland spent the night at Kensington Palace after being reunited with her daughter following the flight from Los Angeles.
She was whisked off to the royal residence a fter touching down at Heathrow following a ten-hour flight from the US.
Shortly after touching down she met Prince Charles and Camilla for tea at Clarence House yesterday afternoon, which sources said she âvery much enjoyedâ.
The yoga teacher and social worker will now stay at the palace in west London until the day before the wedding on Saturday.
Doria, 61, will join Meghan at the Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire tomorrow night and will travel with her by car to the chapel.
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.
Millions are expected to follow the ceremony live on BBC1, ITV, Sky One , Sky News and the BBC News channel with a combined audience that could rival the 14 million that made Blue Planet II the biggest programme of last year.
The weather for the day is expected to be glorious sunshine, with temperatures of 22C as the couple process through the streets of Windsor in their Ascot Landau carriage after saying their vows.