But on Monday, Thomas Markle told TMZ that he was no longer planning to attend the wedding, several days after he had suffered a heart attack and confirmed that he'd taken staged paparazzi photos of himself getting ready for the weekend. The palace said earlier it would not comment on the report, and its statement did not clarify if the bride's father would or would not be at the wedding.
The drama over Meghan Markle's father continues.
"I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle", he's quoted as saying. "This is a historic moment".
It remains unclear as to who will walk Meghan down the aisle at St George's Chapel, in Windsor, but now the frontrunner appears to be her dedicated mum.
"The reason [Harry] wanted Meghan to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte was so she could see that hopefully this would be hopefully replicated by them - that they would go on to have children".
"He's long talked about how much [Prince Charles] would have loved a daughter and this would give him the opportunity to walk this attractive lady down the aisle to his waiting son".
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The BBC says "it is still very much Meghan Markle's wish that her father should be there on Saturday to support her".
Thomas Markle had been expected to spend the days before the wedding in Britain meeting Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals.
Unlike in the United States and Australia, royal wedding attendants in Britain are typically children - young relatives or children of the bride and groom's inner circle. The paparazzi pictures show Thomas looking at photos of his daughter and Harry on a computer.
Thomas Markle also said he was concerned his family was embarrassing his daughter. In an effort not to embarrass his daughter or the the royal family, he says, Thomas Markle told the outlet he won't be attending the royal wedding.
As the country prepares itself for the grand royal wedding, Kensington Palace's official social media handles have been revealing intricate details on the wedding. Thomas explained to TMZ, that his heart had been seriously damaged by his attack, and is in desperate need of surgery to clear a "blockage, fix damage, and put a stent where it is needed", in his heart. When a school teacher told her to tick the Caucasian box on a mandatory ethnicity census, he father told her: "If that happens again, you draw your own box".
But he has been hospitalized with chest pains, according to Meghan Markle's estranged sister, Samantha Grant, which may make the trip to the United Kingdom from California hard.
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