It appears Thomas Markle won’t be going to the royal wedding after all.
Meghan Markle‘s father has once again pulled out of his daughter’s big day, revealing that he needs to have major heart surgery on Wednesday morning.
Mr Markle, 73, told TMZ that doctors will ‘go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed’ during the operation.
He also revealed he believes his heart attack was triggered by an open letter his son, Thomas Jr, wrote trying to convince Prince Harry not to marry Meghan.
The surgery seems to be the final end to a roller coaster of speculation surrounding whether Mr Markle would attend the royal wedding, just hours after it seemed Meghan had convinced her father to change his mind and walk her down the aisle.
Mr Markle astonishingly pulled out of the royal wedding on Monday, 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 on Tuesday it seemed he had backtracked on his decision after the bride-to-be pleaded with him to come to England.
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.
‘I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle,’ Mr Markle said on Tuesday.
‘Of course I’d walk her down the aisle. This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.’
Mr Markle, who had a heart attack a week ago, returned to the hospital on Tuesday after having chest pains.
He said a battery of tests found that the heart attack had done ‘significant damage’ and revealed he needed immediate surgery.
Mr Markle also put the blame for his recent health troubles on his son Thomas, who told Prince Harry that marrying Meghan would be the ‘biggest mistake in royal wedding history’.
‘It’s not too late, Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you,’ Thomas’ letter, shared with InTouch, reads.
‘I’m confused why you don’t see the real Meghan that the whole world now sees.’
Thomas went on to call his half-sister a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman, that will make a fool of you and the royal family heritage’.
Just a week later, in another open letter, Thomas apologized for his words and begged Meghan to invite him to her wedding.
But when it came to her father, Mr Markle 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.’
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