Meghan Markle's father to miss royal wedding due to heart surgery

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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 on Wednesday 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 the blockage, repair the damage and put a stent where it is needed."

It comes after Mr Markle reportedly told the site on Tuesday he was determined to make his daughter's big day saying: "I'd like to be a part of history".

But the day before that, he'd reportedly decided to pull out of the ceremony after being accused of staging paparazzi shots of himself.

His repeated changes of heart over whether to attend the wedding came after the Mail on Sunday reported that the pictures, which appeared in a number of British newspapers, were mocked up.

But according to TMZ, Meghan told him she loved him and was concerned about his health in a text message on Tuesday, which made him reconsider attending.

He's now said to have pulled out again due to the heart surgery. 

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."