Thomas Markle to miss wedding for heart surgery

Published: 16 May 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Thomas will miss the wedding due to his achy breaky heart

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Thomas Markle is set to miss the wedding of his daughter Meghan and Prince Harry due to heart surgery, it has been reported.

The father of American actress Meghan Markle says he can't attend his daughter's wedding to Britain's Prince Harry because he needs a heart procedure.

Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, was quoted as telling Los Angeles-based celebrity website TMZ.com that he was scheduled to undergo a heart repair and blockage clearance procedure early on Wednesday morning.

Markle, 73, was due to walk his daughter down the aisle in front of 600 guests including all the senior British royals and a smattering of celebrities.

Markle threw the wedding plans into confusion earlier this week when he said he would not attend the May 19 nuptials because he did not want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family after reports he had staged pictures with a paparazzi photographer for a fee.

He also said he had been in hospital after suffering a heart attack a week ago.

Harry, 33, sixth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, 36, will marry on Saturday at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

On Tuesday, Markle told TMZ that he hated "the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle."

But he later said doctors had scheduled surgery on Wednesday morning. "They (doctors) will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed," Markle told the website.

Kensington Palace, Harry's office, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

But in a statement issued on Monday it said called Thomas Markle's comments "a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle."

"She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation," Kensington Palace said.

With PAA