Meghan Markle‘s father changed his mind today and said he now wants to attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry if doctors allow him to fly to England.
Thomas Markle Sr. pulled out of the royal wedding yesterday, saying he didn’t want to embarrass his daughter any further after it came out that he had staged paparazzi photos for money. But he backtracked today after his daughter begged him to change his mind and 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, he said his attendance depends on if doctors will allow him to make the trip after suffering a heart attack a week ago and now experiencing severe chest pains.
A friend of Meghan and her fiancé, Prince Harry, told Dailymail that she was standing by her father and pleaded for understanding, saying he was “not in a good place”.
The friend said:
This is not what she wants. She obviously wants her dad there. And the idea of contemplating him not being there now is not something that she wants to have to do.
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.
He is a proud man who wants to be a father and not be taken care of, but it’s quite difficult.
Everyone needs to pause and think what this is doing to them and, more importantly, to him. It is a really worrying, scary situation. The couple have been doing everything they can to help him.
Harry, 33, is said to be distraught and could try to get Thomas to change his mind.
The friend said:
Harry feels guilty that this has happened to someone he loves because they are in a relationship with him.
He is devastated. He feels like this is another thing in the wake of him… the problems he causes. He feels that anyone who gets associated with his life – this is the price they have to pay.
He wants to protect her and this is really difficult for him to swallow.