Meghan Markle's dad will reportedly undergo surgery, likely miss weddingLos Angeles Times May 15. 2018 9:07PM
Thomas Markle, the father of Meghan Markle, will reportedly miss the royal wedding on Saturday because he has to undergo major surgery on Wednesday morning.
The news comes hours after Markle reportedly changed his mind about skipping this weekend’s nuptials and decision to walk his daughter down the aisle as originally planned.
“I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle,” Thomas Markle told TMZ on Tuesday morning.
However, because he suffered a heart attack last week, Markle returned to the hospital to treat chest pain and, by Tuesday afternoon, told the site that he will undergo a procedure to clear a blockage and repair damage to his heart.
It is unlikely that he will be well enough in time to make the trip to Windsor, England, where the American actress is set to marry Britain’s Prince Harry on Saturday.
The Baja California resident previously told the site that doctors said his heart was “seriously damaged” after last week’s health scare. The chest pain, he told TMZ, was triggered by emotional upset over the fallout from his much-maligned deal to sell staged photos of himself, as well as his elder daughter Samantha Grant’s continued criticism of her half-sister.
Additionally, he told the site he believes open letters penned by his son, Meghan’s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr., discouraging Prince Harry from marrying the “Suits” actress triggered the initial heart attack.
Markle said that his daughter reached out to him following the unflattering reports. He said she harbors no ill will from his paparazzi-photo flap and is more concerned about his health, the gossip site said.
As the media frenzy mounts ahead of the royal wedding, speculation arose that his ex-wife, Doria Ragland, whom he split from when their daughter was 6, was being eyed to walk the actress down the aisle instead.