Markle’s dad too ill to at­tend wed­ding

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WIND­SOR, Eng­land — End­ing days of spec­u­la­tion, Meghan Markle said Thurs­day that her fa­ther will not be able to at­tend her wed­ding to Prince Harry due to health prob­lems. The news came as Bri­tish mil­i­tary per­son­nel re­hearsed for a gala pro­ces­sion through Wind­sor that will fol­low Satur­day’s cer­e­mony, which will be tele­vised live around the world.

“Sadly, my fa­ther will not be at­tend­ing our wed­ding,” Markle said in a state­ment. “I have al­ways cared for my fa­ther and hope he can be given the space he needs to fo­cus on his health.”

Markle also thanked “ev­ery­one who has of­fered gen­er­ous mes­sages of sup­port” and said she and Harry are look­ing for­ward to “shar­ing our spe­cial day with you on Satur­day.”

Kens­ing­ton Palace has not re­vealed any de­tails about Thomas Markle’s health is­sues, but the celebrity web­site TMZ says the 73-year-old re­tired Hol­ly­wood cin­e­matog­ra­pher is hospi­tal­ized in Cal­i­for­nia af­ter un­der­go­ing a pro­ce­dure to clear blocked coro­nary ar­ter­ies. He re­port­edly told the web­site he was OK af­ter three stents had been in­serted, but needed to rest.

Thomas Markle had been sched­uled to walk his daugh­ter down the aisle when she weds her prince Satur­day in St. Ge­orge’s Chapel at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

No re­place­ment for him has been of­fi­cially named but it’s pos­si­ble that Do­ria Ragland, the bride’s mother, could fill that role in­stead. The bride may also choose to walk down the aisle by her­self.

MARKLE AND HARRY Cou­ple to wed Satur­day

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