Fa­ther on long road to re­cov­ery

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - One Day To Go Wedding Of The Decade -

SAID to have been in tears over her fam­ily’s on­go­ing dra­mas, royal-to-be Meghan Markle last night con­firmed: “Sadly, my fa­ther will not be at­tend­ing our wed­ding.”

Thomas Markle un­der­went po­ten­tially life-sav­ing heart surgery in Mex­ico that ended his chances of walk­ing his daugh­ter down the aisle.

“I have al­ways cared for my fa­ther and hope he can be given the space he needs to fo­cus on his health,” Ms Markle 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.”

Mr Markle (pic­tured) will re­main in hos­pi­tal for sev­eral days af­ter doc­tors in­serted three stents to help re­pair dam­age af­ter he suf­fered a heart at­tack last week.

“I’m OK. It will take a long time to heal,” Mr Markle said. “Not al­lowed to get ex­cited.”

A re­porter who has been in con­tact with Mr Markle said the royal bride had been in tears af­ter re­ports about her fa­ther’s staged pho­tos broke.

TMZ’s Sean Man­dell said Ms Markle called her fa­ther and told him she loved him. “I have heard in pri­vate Meghan was em­bar­rassed and tear­ful about what hap­pened with the staged pho­tos,’’ he said.

“She is hold­ing up from what I have been told. She is tear­ful at times and it has been try­ing for her.’’

As Mr Markle’s ex-wife Do­ria Ragland jet­ted from LA into Lon­don to VIP treat­ment and spec­u­la­tion she will now walk her daugh­ter down the aisle, the for­mer Suits star’s half-sis­ter Sa­man­tha Grant launched an ex­tra­or­di­nary at­tack on the roy­als, claim­ing Kens­ing­ton Palace was not help­ing her ail­ing dad, who is “heart­bro­ken” about miss­ing the wed­ding.

Ms Grant claimed nei­ther her sis­ter nor Prince Harry had reached out since her fa­ther’s heart at­tack. “There was no ac­tual con­tact from Meghan,” she said. “I don’t know why, I’m not blam­ing her.

“He (Mr Markle) was up­set. He wanted to go. But his doc­tor had the over­rul­ing opin­ion he needed surgery.”

The reclu­sive 73year-old re­vealed he needed the ur­gent op­er­a­tion af­ter the heart at­tack last week — which he re­port­edly blamed on an open let­ter from his son Thomas Markle Jr that said the wed­ding was the “big­gest mis­take in royal wed­ding history”. But yes­ter­day Mr Markle Jr said his sis­ter would be the “per­fect princess”.

Mr Markle Jr, who is in Wind­sor but is not in­vited to the wed­ding, said his fa­ther would be “heart­bro­ken” that he can­not at­tend, and would have “moved heaven and earth to be there”.

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