Meghan Markle's mum charms the royal family during whirlwind round of introductions ahead of wedding
Meghan Markle's mum charmed her daughter's new in-laws during a whirlwind round of introductions to the royal family in the run-up to the wedding.
Doria Ragland met Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Windsor Castle yesterday
The 61-year-old also sat down to tea with Charles and Camilla and future son-in-law Prince Harry shortly after landing at Heathrow on Wednesday.
The group enjoyed their first family get together late on Wednesday afternoon at Clarence House.
A source told The Times: "It was a very jolly afternoon."
The mother of the bride is expected to meet the Queen tomorrow but it is not known if she will also be introduced to Prince Philip.
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.
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Harry and Meghan were photographed being driven into Windsor Castle along the famous Long Walk which will be part of their wedding carriage procession route.
They appeared relaxed and at ease, in contrast to Ms Markle's heartfelt statement, released earlier in the day, when she confirmed her father Thomas Markle would not be walking her down the aisle.
The happy couple will be joined by 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 ha ve taken place yesterday.
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 Georgeâs 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.
Yesterday, 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: âSadly, my father will not be attending our wedding.
âI have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.â
She added: âPlease know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.â
It is widely speculated the role will be fulfilled by Ms Ragland .
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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 excite ment was building in the town as royal fans began to camp out on the procession route and tourists flocked to buy wedding souvenirs.
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