“She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another,” a palace spokesman has explained. “All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have their support.”
In royal fashion, Meghan will likely have younger attendants serve as her bridal party with Prince George and Princess Charlotte serving as a page boy and bridesmaid. (She’ll also likely have others. The names of her page boys and bridesmaids will be released in the days before the wedding.)
That said, some of Meghan’s closest friends will still be in attendance. Kate Middleton, who had sister Pippa Middleton serve as her maid of honor, will also be in attendance, making her first official appearance since welcoming baby Louis earlier this month.
As previously reported, Meghan’s dad, Thomas, and her mother, Doria, will participate in her big day.
“Both of the bride’s parents will have important roles in the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, Ms. Ragland will travel with Ms. Markle by car to Windsor Castle. Mr. Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle of St George’s Chapel. Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion,” the palace has announced.
Prince Harry has opted to have Prince William as his best man.
“Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle,” Kensington Palace announced in a tweet alongside adorable photos of the brothers. “Prince Harry served as best man to The Duke of Cambridge at his wedding to Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on May 19 inside St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. You can stream the big day via CBSN, CBS's live stream, which kicks off with coverage at 4 a.m. ET. Click here for more ways to watch from the US.