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When Meghan Markle officially became part of the royal family in May 2018, it was clear her acclimation process to royal life was going to be a lot different than other members of the House of Windsor. And while we’ve all watched Meghan and Prince Harry’s independence from the royal family grow over the past few years, Meghan’s confidence and self-possessed personality goes back long before she took her wedding vows. But one specific decision that involved Harry’s father tells us everything we need to know about the Duchess of Sussex. Prince Charles’ offer to walk Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day elicited a confident, yet accommodating response from the bride, which really set the tone for her approach to life as a royal.
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In the days leading up to her wedding, Meghan found out her father, Thomas Markle, would not be able to attend the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Prince Charles stepped in, offering to walk his future daughter-in-law down the aisle. Meghan’s response was a simple, four-word question: “Can we meet halfway?” The response, chronicled in Robert Hardman’s new book Queen of Our Times (currently available for pre-order) “was an indicator that this was no blushing bride, but a confident, independent woman determined to make a grand entrance on her own,”…