Also selected for the much-anticipated event at Windsor Castle on Saturday are the couple's goddaughters and godson, and the children of one of her best friends.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to Wednesday in a matter of days at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and with the bride's father Thomas Markle now reportedly unable to attend, people have been wondering who will walk the bride down the aisle.
Prince Charles, Meghan's future father-in-law, may be the most obvious choice to replace her father.
The news comes as reports suggest Meghan's dad is no longer attending the wedding, the third reversal in just over 24 hours on a question that has thrown the wedding plans into chaos. His absence is a result of a revelation that he posed for the paparazzi in a staged photo outside his house in Mexico.
The statement also revealed that Thomas and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, would arrive in the United Kingdom the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry's immediate family to meet them.
Kensington Palace The letter Meghan sent to the public confirming her father will not be at the wedding
Kensington Palace issued a statement calling for "understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this hard situation". Last month some photographs of Meghan's father reading a picture book about Great Britain and looking up Prince Harry at an Internet café went viral.
Thomas also told TMZ that he had suffered a heart attack a week ago and is experiencing chest pains again in light of the fall out. "That was not the motive - it was my suggestion", she said.
Meghan Markle is estranged from her half-sister, who has not been expected to attend the nuptials, and from her half-brother.
Ms Markle and Harry are both deeply concerned for Mr Markle's welfare and are likely to put that priority above the tradition of a father walking his daughter down the aisle.
In February British police investigated a package reportedly addressed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who is bi-racial, as a "racist hate crime".
Kensington Palace, Harry's office, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday. "This is taking the role to a new level and she can lobby at the very top". "I think he wants to go to the hospital and get checked out". Markle's life may seem like an unlikely fairytale, but those who knew her before her engagement to Prince Harry say she's always had that something.