Meghan Markle’s father has today changed his mind and said he does now want to attend her wedding to Prince Harry – if doctors will allow him to fly to England.
Thomas Markle astonishingly pulled out of the royal wedding yesterday, saying he didn’t want to embarrass his daughter any further after the Mail on Sunday revealed he had staged paparazzi photos for money.
But today he appears to have backtracked on his decision after the bride-to-be pleaded with him to walk her down the aisle.
The 73-year-old told TMZ that Meghan tried calling him on Monday, but he wasn’t near his phone. She later sent a text saying she loved him and was concerned about his health.
Mr Markle said: ‘I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle.
‘Of course I’d walk her down the aisle. This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.’
However, Mr Markle said his attendance depends on if doctors will allow him to make the trip across the pond after suffering a heart attack a week ago.
Mr Markle also revealed that Meghan held no hard feelings against him for setting up paparazzi photos for money.
When asked what the Queen thought about his money grab, Mr Markle laughed and said: ‘I don’t think the queen is thinking about what I’m doing.’
Mr Markle said although he doesn’t believe faking the ‘hammy’ photos was that serious, he admitted it was a ‘stupid’ decision.
Mr Markle made the shock announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
He revealed he was back in hospital with chest pains, and doctors are performing a number of tests on him.
Doctors are said to have told him his heart was ‘seriously damaged’ after suffering a heart attack a week ago.
Mr Markle said he has been pleading with doctors to release him from hospital by Wednesday, but doesn’t know if they will clear him.
He also blasted his oldest daughter Samantha Markle, who revealed she convinced Mr Markle to set up the photos.
Mr Markle said Samantha has no real relationship with Meghan, and knows nothing of her relationship with Prince Harry.
Before changing his mind, Mr Markle said he believed his ex-wife Doria Ragland would be a ‘good choice’ to give their daughter away at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Earlier today, the troubled 73-year-old was said to have wanted to stay in Mexico following reports that he colluded with a paparazzi photographer to stage pictures in the run-up to the wedding.
Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle, whose father has partially her for his illness, said today: ‘I spoke to him early in the morning and he was quite depressed’.
Doria is about to fly into the UK from Los Angeles to support her daughter and would be the clear favourite to walk her down the aisle if Mr Markle is not cleared by doctors to fly.
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Source: Daily Mail