Meghan’s dad says heart op will keep him from ceremony,
MEGHAN Markle’s father will not walk his daughter down the aisle because he is due to have a heart operation, it has been reported.
Thomas Markle suffered an apparent heart attack last week and it is claimed he will undergo surgery in the US this morning, meaning he will miss his daughter’s marriage to Prince Harry on Saturday.
He reportedly told celebrity website TMZ: “They (doctors) will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed.”
It comes after Mr Markle earlier told the site he was determined to make his daughter’s big day.
He had said: “Of course I’d walk her down the aisle.
“This is an historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.
“I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle.”
Ms Markle and Harry are both deeply concerned for Mr Markle’s welfare and are likely to put that priority above the tradition of a father walking his daughter down the aisle.
The former lighting director’s attendance at the ceremony at Windsor Castle has been speculated on widely following allegations he posed for staged paparazzi photos.
The day after The Mail On Sunday reported that the pictures, which appeared in a number of British newspapers, were mocked up, Ms Markle’s father dropped out of the wedding, according to TMZ, telling the site that he did not want to “embarrass the royal family or his daughter”.
But on Monday he missed a call from his daughter and she later told him she loved him in a text message and was concerned about his health. Despite her parents divorcing when she was six, Ms Markle has remained close to her father.
When she lived with her mother Doria Ragland in Los Angeles, the actress spent a great deal of time with Mr Markle, who now lives in Mexico.
Mr Markle told the TMZ site his daughter harbours no ill feelings towards him over the alleged collusion with the paparazzi agency, and he said about the Queen’s interest in events: “I don’t think the Queen is thinking about what I’m doing.”
He was due to meet the Queen with Ms Markle’s mother in the days leading up to the wedding being staged at St George’s Chapel at the castle.
And at the same event he would have been introduced to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The depth of Harry and Ms Markle’s feelings for Mr Markle were revealed in a Kensington Palace statement released on Monday night: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.” Meanwhile, members of Meghan’s extended family have arrived in London ahead of the royal wedding.
Ms Markle’s sister-in-law Tracy Dooley was pictured at Heathrow Airport with sons Tyler and Thomas.
Ms Dooley, who was married to the former actress’s half-brother, has previously told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that she had not received an invitation to the ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, admitting she had not seen Ms Markle for 20 years.
Prince Charles and Camilla and (top) Meghan and her dad