Meghan Markle's dad to undergo surgery, will miss royal wedding

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There are now doubts about whether Thomas Markle plans to attend Saturday's royal wedding between his daughter and Prince Harry.

The rest of the royal family was reportedly "blindsided" by Thomas Markle's announcement, per TMZ.

But when she made her first public appearance since the scandal broke, the Queen made it clear it was business as usual ahead of the wedding.

He suffered a heart attack last week and will now undergo heart surgery.

Kensington Palace pleaded in a statement for "understanding and respect" during a "difficult situation" as USA media reported Markle had suffered a heart attack brought on by the fallout from the photo row.

Yesterday, Prince Harry and Ms Markle requested "understanding and respect" for her father after a celebrity news site reported he would not be coming to the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle.

In response to her father not making it, a spokesman for Kensington Palace released a statement late Monday saying: "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding".

But Piers wasn't accepting this and reminded Markle that she was the one who was writing a memoir about her estranged younger sibling as soon as she learned that Meghan Markle was dating Prince Harry.

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There is now speculation Meghan's mother Doria will walk her down the aisle.

He is an award-winning lighting director.

"Really, it's quite atrocious and intrusive, and I think it's highly unethical".

Some estranged members of Meghan Markle's extended family have arrived in Britain but have not received invitations to the wedding.

"They moved into a house in The Valley in LA, to a neighbourhood that was leafy and affordable". Speaking of them, Tripp points out an opposition between Meghan's Uranus and Prince's Moon, which hints on separation, living apart and one partner wanting more freedom than the other.

The bridesmaids include Harry's goddaughters, Zalie Warren, two, and three-year-old Florence van Cutsem, Ms Markle's goddaughters, sisters Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, and four-year-old Ivy Mulroney.

It's highly likely Meghan's acting friends will be attending the evening reception. He reportedly scored a $750,000 lottery win when Meghan was nine, which helped jumpstart her career.

Bridesmaid Florence van Cutsem also provides a link to William and Kate's own wedding. "They have an fantastic relationship, they're very close and they always have been".

"She was going to get out of the auto to walk with the bridesmaids and Meghan was going to go on and meet her at the steps before going into the chapel". She wrote on Instagram in 2016: "Happy Father's Day, daddy".

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