Meghan Markle's dad won't be at the royal wedding due to heart surgery


It's official: Meghan Markle's father won't be at the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle on Saturday.

TMZ reported on Tuesday afternoon that Thomas Markle is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on Wednesday morning, which will prevent him from flying to England in time for the nuptials at Windsor Castle.

"They will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed," Thomas reportedly told TMZ.

The update comes after a dramatic back-and-forth over the last several days that started when Thomas staged paparazzi photos of himself getting ready for the wedding. Fearing intense embarrassment for himself, Meghan and the royal family, Thomas declared that he wouldn't be attending the royal wedding before reversing his decision pending doctors orders on Tuesday.

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He had revealed through TMZ that he suffered a heart attack last week and had checked himself out early in the hopes that he would be able to walk his daughter down the aisle at St. George's Chapel, but doctors informed him that he had done "severe damage" to his heart.

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, who is divorced from Thomas, is considered to be the front-runner to walk her down the aisle instead of her father at this point.

Meghan is said to be "devastated" by the latest developments involving her father and is concerned for his health as the countdown continues to the biggest day of her life. Though she is much closer with her mother, Meghan and her father, Thomas, were considered to be in a "good place" before the paparazzi scandal unfolded and she was excited to have her father there for her wedding.

The palace has yet to confirm that Thomas will not be in attendance on Saturday.

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