Meghan's father will NOT attend the royal wedding... he's having surgery tomorrow

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, will reportedly now miss his daughter's royal wedding day on Saturday, after telling TMZ that he has to undergo major surgery this week.

As we previously reported, Thomas decided that he did not want to attend his daughter's wedding due to the humiliation after he got caught staging wedding prep pictures with the paparazzi. It followed a similar statement from Prince Harry at the beginning of his relationship with Meghan, in which he slammed the press for the "racial overtones" into the reporting of his relationship, and said at the time he'd never before encountered such a "degree of pressure, scrutiny and harassment" from the media.

Prince Harry's press office said Wednesday it had no additional comment beyond a statement made two days ago calling for "understanding and respect" for Markle's father, Thomas, "in this hard situation". The news website also claimed that he had recently suffered a heart attack.

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In the days before the wedding, both of Meghan's parents had been expected to meet with Queen Elizabeth II - Harry's grandmother - and other senior royals, including Harry's father, Prince Charles.

The palace has not announced any alternative plans for Thomas Markle's role.

He noted that Thomas Markle has lived a secluded life in Mexico and was likely unprepared for the rush of interest that came when his daughter with Doria Radlan became engaged to England's most eligible bachelor.

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The palace could not be reached for further comment.

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that her father would walk her down the aisle, but it's now believed her mother Doria Ragland will do the honours if she can not convince her father to attend.

The spacious property has been a Royal Residence since 1792 and its garden house the mausoleum of another, very famous royal love story, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. "He admits the pics look 'stupid and hammy.' He says he was just going along with the paparazzi agency, which he now deeply regrets". According to Vanity Fair, Markle is still hoping that her dad will change his mind, but her father told TMZ he hasn't heard from her. There's been a lot of digging into her family and I don't think it's been fair.

Samantha said she set up the photo shoot out of kindness "for the benefit of the royal family".

Questions are now being raised about who will walk Meghan down the aisle if Mr Markle doesn't attend.

Referencing the media interviews the siblings have given and Grant's tell-all about Meghan, she added, "The sister and the brother are making stuff up..."

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