MEGHAN Markle’s dad Thomas has reportedly done an about face and now wants to go to the UK to walk his daughter down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday.
TMZ is reporting that Mr Markle has had a change of heart after his daughter contacted him following his shock decision to opt out of the royal wedding.
But there’s a hitch. Mr Markle reportedly told TMZ that he’s back in hospital after experiencing chest pains after he suffered a suspected heart attack.
Mr Markle reportedly told the entertainment website that his daughter tried calling him on Monday but that he was not near his mobile to pick up.
He reportedly told TMZ that she followed up with a text “telling him [she] loved him” and was worried about his health and that she was not upset with him for selling “staged” photos to the paparazzi.
As for reports that the Queen was upset with him, Markle told the website: “I don’t think the Queen is thinking about what I’m doing.”
He told TMZ selling the photos was “stupid” and now wants to fly to England. “I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle.
“This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.”
Mr Markle told TMZ that his attendance on the big day hinges on not only whether doctors release him from hospital, but whether they clear him to fly.
Mr Markle also reportedly sounded off on eldest daughter Samantha tallking to the media, saying she has not had a relationship with Meghan as an adult and has no knowledge of Meghan’s relationship with Prince Harry.
Earlier, reports emerged that Queen Elizabeth II was “very angry” with Mr Markle for selling staged paparazzi photos of himself days before the royal wedding, according to a report.
A meeting was taking place between Kensington Palace and the communications office on Tuesday to discuss what to do about the 73-year-old father of the bride, according to the Daily Express.
“Lord Chamberlain, Her Majesty and the Duke are very angry with Meghan’s father,” a source told the outlet. “They will speak to him once he arrives about the royal protocol.”
The royals are “worried” about the father-of-the-bride, said the source, “because of those photos.”
Markle secretly hired an LA-based paparazzi to take “candid” photos of him preparing for the big day, it was revealed this week.
He was due to land in the UK this week, but then announced on Monday that he was bowing out of the royal nuptials to avoid embarrassing his daughter.
“This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said on Monday. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.”
Despite Markle’s latest about face, it’s still unclear who will walk the 36-year-old actress down the aisle as she weds Prince Harry in a Saturday ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
“This is not what she wants. She obviously wants her dad there,” a friend of the bride-to-be told the Daily Mail. “She and Prince Harry are begging for people to give him some space. They have been saying this for weeks, while trying to offer him support and help. He is clearly feeling under immense pressure. The concern for him is real and genuine.”