Pres­ence of Markle’s fa­ther in doubt

Doc­tors may re­lease him in time to at­tend wed­ding

Albuquerque Journal - - WORLD & NATION - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

LON­DON — Thomas Markle spent a ca­reer in Hol­ly­wood, but noth­ing pre­pared him for this.

The fa­ther of royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle has been quoted as say­ing he will not at­tend his daugh­ter’s wed­ding to Prince Harry this week af­ter suf­fer­ing a re­ported heart at­tack amid the in­tense me­dia in­ter­est around the nup­tials.

The re­tired tele­vi­sion cin­e­matog­ra­pher had been due to walk his daugh­ter down the aisle Satur­day at Wind­sor Cas­tle’s St. Ge­orge’s Chapel.

But celebrity news web­site TMZ re­ported Mon­day that the el­der Markle has de­cided to stay away amid crit­i­cism over his de­ci­sion to pose for mocked up wed­ding-prepa­ra­tion shots taken by a pa­parazzi agency.

Kens­ing­ton Palace is­sued a state­ment call­ing for “un­der­stand­ing and re­spect to be ex­tended to Mr. Markle in this dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.” The palace did not say whether wed­ding plans had ac­tu­ally changed.

On Tues­day, TMZ re­ported that Thomas Markle said that on re­flec­tion, he did want to come, if doc­tors re­lease him from a hospi­tal where he was un­der­go­ing tests af­ter a heart at­tack.

“I hate the idea of miss­ing one of the great­est mo­ments in his­tory and walk­ing my daugh­ter down the aisle,” the news site quoted him as say­ing.

Meghan Markle’s half sis­ter said their fa­ther, 73, was un­der an “un­be­liev­able” amount of stress be­cause of me­dia in­tru­sion.

Satur­day’s wed­ding is ex­pected to draw more than 5,000 me­dia staff and 79 tele­vi­sion net­works from around the world.

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