After the paparazzi photo scandal broke, Meghan's dad reportedly spoke to TMZ directly, telling the outlet that the staged photos embarrassed him and he's dropping out of the wedding to avoid causing Meghan or the royal family any further grief.
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 fix and blockage clearance procedure early on Wednesday morning.
Mr Markle said he had not heard from his daughter since the revelations broke, and that her mother and his former wife, Ms Doria Ragland, would be a good choice to walk her down the aisle in his place, according to TMZ. It sounded like his plans might be back on.
He reportedly told celebrity website TMZ: "They (doctors) will go in and clear blockage, fix damage and put a stent where it is needed".
The Daily Mail is reporting that Samantha Markle - the half-sister of actress-turned-Duchess Meghan Markle - was caught on camera launching into a tirade about her infamous sister, and the public is none-too-pleased with her over it.
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TMZ said the father had a change of heart over the weekend after the British press reported he was paid to pose for photos that showed him getting measured for his wedding suit and making other preparations. "I'd like to be a part of history", he was quoted as saying. The line has died out, so they are the Queen's gift to bestow on the couple if she so chooses.
It comes amid speculation as to whether Meghan's father Thomas will walk her down the aisle. The two girls are the daughters of Benita Litt and Darren Litt, Meghan's close friends. Lucky for us, it's just a few days away.
Big brother Thomas Jnr hasn't been supportive either, writing an open letter in April urging Prince Harry to call off the wedding describing her as a "jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage [sic]".
Meghan Markle and her fiance, Prince Harry is all set to walk down the aisle.
This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding.
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Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle Sr., is pictured in Rosarito, Mexico, Dec. 6, 2017.
The BBC says "it is still very much Meghan Markle's wish that her father should be there on Saturday to support her".
"Desperate to go to Meghan and Harry's wedding but wants to disparage them at the same time".
Doria is thought to have arrived in the United Kingdom for the royal wedding, spotted on her way to Los Angeles Airport on Tuesday evening, carrying a Burberry garment bag.
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