Meghan’s dad still at short odds to ap­pear

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Co­ra­zon Miller

In the lat­est episode of the Markle fam­ily drama this week, it’s still touch and go whether Meghan Markle’s fa­ther will walk her down the aisle.

Bri­tish press were re­port­ing Thomas Markle, 73, un­der­went heart-surgery, with his ex-wife Do­ria Ragland poised to take his place in the wed­ding cer­e­mony.

While it seemed un­likely the award­win­ning, for­mer Hol­ly­wood light­ing di­rec­tor would be get­ting on a plane to the United King­dom, two days out from the wed­ding there was still a glim­mer of hope.

The wrote: “Wait and see! Meghan Dad may still be at wed­ding.

“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still ex­pect the fa­ther of the bride to walk her down the aisle at this week­end’s Royal Wed­ding,” it wrote.

“Kens­ing­ton Palace of­fi­cials are work­ing on the as­sump­tion that Thomas Markle will be present, even though he claimed that he was hav­ing heart-surgery yes­ter­day.”

It’s been a tur­bu­lent week in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wed­ding in St Ge­orge’s Chapel, at Wind­sor Cas­tle, to­mor­row.

Over the week­end Markle’s fa­ther was re­ported to have staged a deal with the pa­parazzi. He sub­se­quently pulled out over fears of em­bar­rass­ing his daugh­ter fur­ther.

Af­ter Markle pleaded with him to walk her down the aisle, he agreed, only to be told by doc­tors he needed heart surgery and it couldn’t wait.

The re­ported in an ex­clu­sive, front-page in­ter­view Thomas Markle Jnr blamed Kens­ing­ton Palace for fail­ing to give the fam­ily guid­ance as to how to stay out of the lime­light. Thurs­day’s front page on the

showed him stand­ing in front of Wind­sor next to the head­line: “My sis­ter will be the per­fect mod­ern princess.”

“My sis­ter’s go­ing to be one of the best things ever to have hap­pened to the royal fam­ily,” he said.

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