The Latest: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle arrive in Windsor

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the preparation for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (all times local):
6:20 p.m.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have remained out of the public eye in recent days, have been spotted being driven into the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Britain’s Press Association indicated they were expected to have tea Thursday with Queen Elizabeth II and may be joined by Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. No details about the meeting were officially released.
The news came as British military personnel rehearsed for a gala procession through Windsor that will follow Saturday’s wedding ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which will be televised live around the world.
Also Thursday, Markle said her father will not be able to attend her wedding to Harry due to health problems.
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11:40 a.m.
Meghan Markle says her father will not be attending her wedding to Prince Harry, and has expressed hope that he can be “given the space” to focus on his health.
Kensington Palace’s statement Thursday puts to rest days of speculation about whether Markle’s father, Thomas, would walk her down the aisle — as the palace had previously said.
His participation was put into doubt after news site TMZ reported he would not attend because of embarrassment regarding paparazzi photographs. It later reported that he was having heart surgery.
Markle says she 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.”
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10:10 a.m.
Royal wedding organizers are preparing for a rehearsal of the proceedings to take place in Windsor — but without the bride and groom.
Planners will use Thursday’s practice session to finalize some of the details of Saturday’s gala wedding at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The festivities will include a 25-minute carriage ride outside the castle grounds by the newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the ceremony is concluded.
A large military contingent will also take part, reflecting Harry’s years of military service.
It is not clear who will walk Markle down the aisle. Her father Thomas Markle had been selected for that role but is reportedly ill with heart problems.
Markle’s mother Doria Ragland may take Thomas Markle’s place if needed.

People who spent the night outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, organise their belongings after waking up, early Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Royal fans wait to watch a rehearsal of the royal wedding in Windsor, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations are being made in the town ahead of the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that will take place in Windsor on Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A carriage is driven through the streets of Windsor, England during a rehearsal for the procession of the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations are being made in the town ahead of the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that will take place in Windsor on Saturday May 19.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A royal fan waits to watch a rehearsal of the royal wedding in Windsor, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations are being made in the town ahead of the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that will take place in Windsor on Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Members of the armed forces ride horses during a parade rehearsal, ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in Windsor, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A carriage is driven through the streets of Windsor, England during a rehearsal for the procession of the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Members of the armed forces ride horses along the streets of Windsor, England during a rehearsal for the procession of the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A police officer keeps guard at a street in Windsor, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018, during a rehearsal for the procession of the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A carriage is driven through the streets of Windsor, England during a rehearsal for the procession of the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A carriage procession drives along The Long Walk during a rehearsal for The Royal Wedding in Windsor, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in Windsor on Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

A carriage procession drives along The Long Walk during a rehearsal for The Royal Wedding in Windsor, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in Windsor on Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

A royal fan waves a flag in Windsor, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in Windsor on Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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