Meghan Markle's father wants to walk her down the aisle when she weds Britain's Prince Harry

American actress Meghan Markle can cook chicken adobo, a Filipino dish.
American actress Meghan Markle can cook chicken adobo, a Filipino dish. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - The father of Meghan Markle says he hopes to walk his daughter down the aisle when the American actress marries Britain's Prince Harry next year, saying he was delighted at news of their upcoming wedding, Britain's Daily Mirror reported on Friday (Dec 8).

Prince Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth's grandson and fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, announced last month they were engaged and will marry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, a venue with associations with the British royal family going back centuries.

Asked if he would be give his daughter away at the ceremony, Markle's father Thomas said: "Yes. I'd love to." "I'm very pleased. I'm delighted," the 73-year-old, a former lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms, told the paper in Mexico where he now lives.

Markle's parents are divorced and while Prince Harry has met her mother Doria Ragland, who the prince described as "amazing", he is yet to meet her father.

Prince Harry, the younger son of heir-to-the throne Prince Charles and his first wife, Princess Diana, and Markle, who is a divorcee herself, met in July 2016 after they were introduced through a mutual friend.

The prince said he had fallen in love with the actress, best known for her leading role in US legal drama Suits,"incredibly quickly". Last week, the couple undertook their first official appearance, drawing large crowds and global media interest.