Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle? The internet has some wild ideas and a clear frontrunner!

Heather Gardner
Video Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just days away, and while we’re counting down, the drama is heating up.

This week we learned that Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, will not be attending his daughter’s wedding. Thomas was slated to walk Meghan down the aisle, but he backed out after allegedly staging paparazzi photos. He also suffered a heart attack last week. Thomas told TMZ he would skip the wedding to save his daughter any more “embarrassment.”

Kensington Palace released a statement Monday regarding Meghan’s father. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”

With only days to go before the big day, Meghan’s father left a gaping hole in the preparations. Who will walk the future royal down the aisle?

The internet, of course, had some thoughts on who should replace Thomas, and we have to say, they’re pretty creative. Some people think that Meghan’s Suits dad, Wendell Pierce, should step in — several of the cast members are reportedly attending the nuptials.

Others think Prince Harry’s pal Barack Obama should step in! They, of course, aren’t taking into account that the Obama family did not get an invitation to the wedding because the betrothed couple chose to exclude most political leaders, but the idea came from the right place.

The feminist side of the internet wants Meghan to go it alone down the aisle, and, honestly, this is something she just might do. The actress is, after all, a longtime advocate for gender equality.

Another nontraditional approach has also gained steam on the internet. Some want Prince Harry and Meghan to arrive together and walk down the aisle arm in arm. Other royal weddings have opted for this, including that of Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2002 and Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway in 2001.

But there’s one clear frontrunner in all these suggestions for who should have the honor of walking Meghan down the aisle. Many people would love to see her mother, Doria Ragland, walk with her daughter.

While the palace has not confirmed who, if anyone, will replace Thomas Markle, several reports suggest that Doria will take his place. Thomas himself told TMZ that Doria would be a good choice to assume the role of giving away the bride.

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