Markle’s fa­ther to miss royal wed­ding

The Irish Times - - World News -

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.”

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