Markle’s father to miss royal wedding
Meghan Markle confirmed yesterday that her father would not attend her wedding to Prince Harry tomorrow, putting an end to days of speculation that had overshadowed the build-up to the British royal wedding.
Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, and US actor Markle, a star of the TV drama Suits, will wed at the 15th-century St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Markle’s father, Thomas, had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle in front of a congregation of senior royals, celebrities, friends of the couple and a TV audience of hundreds of millions.
But the former lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms gave a series of contradictory statements about whether he would be there, with the Los Angeles-based celebrity website TMZ.com saying he had undergone heart surgery on Wednesday. “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,” Markle (36) said in a statement.
“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.”
Markle and Prince Harry were driven to Windsor Castle yesterday.
Tomorrow’s wedding will be sumptuous show of British pageantry that is likely to attract a huge worldwide audience.
Supporters hope the union of one of the most popular royals and a glamorous American actor, a divorcee with a white father and an African-American mother, will reinvigorate the monarchy. – Reuters
Meghan Markle: “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”