Meghan Markle‘s mother appears to have met Prince Charles and Camilla today after they were seen jetting out of Kensington Palace in a helicopter.
Doria Ragland is also expected to see the Queen, Prince William and Kate in the coming 24 hours after arriving from Los Angeles yesterday.
Charles and Camilla arrived at Kensington Palace by car with an aide carrying a large bouquet of flowers following behind.
They then flew to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire where a permanent national memorial to the British victims of overseas terrorism has been unveiled.
Ms Ragland is now expected to walk her daughter down the aisle on Saturday after Meghan confirmed her father Thomas will not attend the royal wedding after days of chaos caused by his health and a paparazzi scandal.
Prince Charles and Prince William are also among the favourites to give her away if she doesn’t step in.
Charles and Camilla have been pictured leaving Kensington Palace by helicopter today where they are expected to have met Meghan’s mother Doria mother for the first time
An aide carrying a large bouquet of flowers following behind the royal couple
The couple then flew to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire by helicopter (pictured) where a permanent national memorial to the British victims of overseas terrorism has been unveiled
Doria (left, leaving her home in LA on Tuesday, is supporting her daughter through the continuing drama over her father Thomas Markle’s involvement in the wedding
Doria Ragland spent the night at Kensington Palace after being reunited with her daughter yesterday.
She was whisked off to the royal residence after touching down at Heathrow following a ten hour flight from Los Angeles.
The yoga teacher and social worker will now stay at the palace in west London until the day before the wedding on Saturday.
She is due to play a bigger part in proceedings than first imagined, after her daughter released a statement today confirming her father would not be attending.
She said: ‘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’.
She added: ‘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, pictured with Meghan, was whisked off to the royal residence after arriving in the UK yesterday
Miss Ragland is staying with her daughter at Kensington Palace, west London until the day before the wedding
She was met at Heathrow by some of Prince Harry’s most trusted aides and taken to Kensington Palace by royal Jaguar
Meghan Markle has described her sadness after revealing her father will not attend her wedding to Prince Harry
On Friday evening she will move with the bridal party to the historic Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire, a 25 minute drive from Windsor Castle.
After being rushed through a private VIP terminal in the US, Miss Ragland flew into Heathrow where she was met by some of Prince Harry’s most trusted aides and taken to Kensington Palace by royal Jaguar.
The presence of Miss Ragland who is extremely close to her daughter and still calls her ‘flower’, will undoubtedly calm Miss Markle’s nerves in what has been an unexpectedly fraught and hugely emotional week.
Miss Ragland is now supporting her daughter through the continuing drama over whether her father will attend the wedding
Miss Ragland is set to meet the Queen (pictured yesterday) and the rest of the royal family
Miss Markle, 36, has told her former Hollywood lighting director father that she is standing by him after weekend allegations that he was paid by a paparazzi to take part in a series of staged photographs in the run up to the big day.
Mr Markle flip-flopped over whether he will attend, at first appearing to say he would not, then saying he didn’t want to miss being a part of history and then changing his mind again to say it would depend on whether doctors would release him from hospital.
Meghan was then forced to confirm he was not coming.
The episode has been a huge embarrassment to Buckingham Palace and has left aides facing questions over their handling of their issue.
Sources insisted, however, that strenuous efforts have been made to help Mr Markle, who is said to be a ‘proud’ man and reluctant to take help from his daughter.
They said that Meghan and Harry were forging ahead with their final preparations.
Friends of the couple told the Mail that while Meghan is ‘deeply concerned’ about her father’s physical and mental health, she is determined to focus on what she has left to do.
On Friday evening she will move with the bridal party to the historic Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire, a 25 minute drive from Windsor Castle
Meghan Markle’s Suits co-star, actress Sarah Rafferty, pictured outside Buckingham Palace with her daughters Oona and Iris
Meghan with Jessica Mulroney (left) who is also in London with her three children, and Misha Nonoo, (right) the couple’s rumoured matchmaker, shared a black and white snap of her in the capital
Fellow Suits actor Gabriel Macht and wife Jacinda Barrett, who also starred in the show, arrived in London over the weekend
Jessica Mulroney’s children, including twins Brian and John, and daughter Ivy who will all be at the wedding
It comes as Meghan’s glamorous posse of friends have begun arriving in London.
Her best friend Jessica Mulroney has arrived with her three children – Ivy, Brian and John – who were yesterday announced as being among the couple’s ten bridesmaids and page boys.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s rumoured matchmaker Misha Nonoo has also arrived in London, sharing a black-and-white snap of herself in the capital captioned ‘#womnonthego’.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s former co-stars are also making their way across the Atlantic, with Suits actor Rick Hoffman revealing on Instagram that he was heading east for a ‘special event’.
Fellow Suits actor Gabriel Macht and wife Jacinda Barrett, who also starred in the show, arrived in London over the weekend and have been sharing snaps of themselves sight-seeing in the capital.
Windsor is continuing its preparations for the royal wedding on Saturday
Royal fans are already lining the route of the procession, including fanatic Donna Werner, who travelled from the U.S. to get a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan
Royal fans, who bundled up in flags and clothing bearing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s faces, set up camp behind barriers on the route the royal procession will take through Windsor
People who spent the night outside Windsor Castle pose for a photo early on Thursday morning
Meghan Markle’s Suits co-star, actress Sarah Rafferty, pictured outside Buckingham Palace with her daughters Oona and Iris after arriving from the US.
Meanwhile Miss Ragland, who has reportedly quit her job at a mental health clinic to start her own private practice, flew into Heathrow on an overnight flight from Los Angeles.
Dressed casually in a T-shirt, linen trousers and canvas pumps, and carrying a suit bag containing what is believed to be her Burberry wedding outfit, she was picked up from the steps of the aircraft by a royal fleet Jaguar.
She was driven to Heathrow’s VIP Windsor suite, where Harry’s assistant private secretary Amy Pickerill was waiting