Meghan Markle's dad says he wants to go to wedding, but health woes may stop him

The father of Meghan Markle has reportedly back flipped on his decision not to attend the Royal Wedding and now wishes to walk his daughter down the aisle after all.

Thomas Markle threw the wedding plans into confusion on Monday, telling Los Angeles-based celebrity news website TMZ that he did not want to embarrass his daughter or the royal family after reports he had staged pictures with a paparazzi photographer for a fee.

He also said he had suffered a heart attack a week ago and was readmitted to hospital with chest pains on Monday (local time).

Despite Mr Markle’s change of heart, he will require surgery Wednesday (local time) to deal with his ongoing health complications and will probably be unable to travel to the wedding, TMZ reports.

Kensington Palace yesterday requested privacy for Ms Markle and Prince Harry after her father made headlines around the world. Source: Harpers Bazaar
Thomas Markle, 73, now reportedly wants to attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry. Source: Yahoo UK via ABC.

Kensington Palace even took the unusual step of releasing a statement, requesting “understanding and privacy” for Prince Harry and his bride-to-be.

But now, the Mexico resident has had a change of heart and was quoted as telling TMZ on Tuesday that he hoped to travel to London for the May 19 wedding, if his health allows it.

“I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle,” Markle told TMZ.

Meghan Markle’s older half sister said their father, 73, was under an “unbelievable” amount of stress because of media intrusion.

Samantha Markle told the TV show Good Morning Britain on Tuesday that journalists “rented the house next to him in Mexico, four or five of them”.

“He can’t open his blinds, he can’t go anywhere without being followed,” Ms Markle said.