Father on long road to recovery
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”.