Thomas Markle will reportedly miss the royal wedding to undergo heart surgery

Ivan Schwartz
May 17, 2018

"It seems to me her father, your father, has let her down". "This is a historic moment. I'd like to be a part of history", he was quoted as saying.

We truly won't know until Saturday if Thomas will be there-or who will walk Meghan down the aisle.

Kensington Palace has declined to comment.

Of course, Thomas Markle's decision could still change, so here's a rundown of everything that's happened so far.

Thomas Markle had been expected to spend the days before the wedding in Britain meeting Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals.

The 73-year-old retiree was supposed to travel from his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, to Windsor Castle before the wedding to meet the groom and the royal family for the first time.

United States actress Markle, 36, grew up in Los Angeles and remains close with her parents, who divorced three decades ago.

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He said his daughter "harbours no ill feelings toward him". People confirmed that Thomas Markle would meet Prince Harry for the first time when he arrived in the United Kingdom a week before the ceremony.

Jessica Mulroney, a close friend of Markle's whose three children will be page boys and bridesmaid at the wedding, has arrived in London, according to the Daily Mail, which published pictures of the family arriving at Heathrow Airport.

TMZ said that Markle regretted working with a photographer and posing for pictures, which included pictures of Markle getting measured for his wedding suit and another of him looking at pictures of his daughter and future son-in-law. Ms. Markle is estranged from her two half siblings, products of her father's first marriage; they are the ones now making the most mischief, egged on with promises of fame and with monetary compensation from the tabloids.

"I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle", he told TMZ from hospital, where he was suffering chest pains, a week after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George will play a starring role in the royal wedding - as a bridesmaid and a pageboy.

Reports that Mr. Markle would not attend the wedding came Monday night from the American celebrity news website TMZ.

He told TMZ that Meghan unsuccessfully tried to call him yesterday, and later sent him a text telling him she loved him and was concerned about his health. She took full responsibility for setting up her father Thomas' fake photo shoot. He checked himself into the hospital Tuesday and a battery of tests determined he needed surgery.

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