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Meghan Markle's dad 'now WANTS to walk his daughter down the aisle - but heart problems could stop him'

Mirror logo Mirror 15/5/2018 Abigail O'Leary
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Meghan Markle's dad says he now WANTS to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding - but heart problems could stop him, it is claimed.

Thomas Markle Snr has reportedly had a change of heart and wishes to perform the honour for Meghan at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, on Saturday.

Speaking to TMZ, the 73-year-old said: "I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle."

However, he is reportedly back in hospital, undergoing tests, after suffering from serious chest pains following a heart attack last week.

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Mr Markle Snr's 'change of mind' comes after his actress daughter, 36, is said to have sent him a text expressing her love and concern for him.

Mr Markle Snr is still believed to be in North America - with Meghan and Prince Harry, 33, set to tie the knot in the UK in just four days' time.

In a statement earlier this month, Kensington Palace said the father would walk his daughter down the aisle of St George's Chapel this weekend.

But last night, it was claimed he no longer planned to travel to Britain to give Meghan away after he admitted staging photos for the paparazzi.

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Mr Markle Snr, who lives near Rosarito, Mexico, earlier told TMZ he had been "popping Valium" to ease his chest pains following his heart attack.

He reportedly told the website he had suffered the attack a week ago, and that his new chest pains had been triggered by emotional upset.

He also called out his oldest daughter, Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Markle, who has criticised the Suits actress and claimed she was to blame for the paparazzi photos that he was paid for.

In his latest interview, Mr Markle Snr claimed Meghan had no ill feelings towards him for staging the pictures ahead of her wedding.

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And when asked whether the Queen would be upset with him, he replied: "I don't think the Queen is thinking about what I'm doing."

Kensington Palace previously said Mr Markle Snr and Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland, would have "important roles" in the upcoming wedding.

In a statement on May 4, a spokesman said: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms Markle's parents to Windsor for the wedding.

"Mr Thomas Markle and Ms Doria Ragland will be arriving in the UK in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry's family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day.

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"Both of the bride's parents will have important roles in the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, Ms Ragland will travel with Ms Markle by car to Windsor Castle.

"Mr Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle of St George's Chapel. Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.”

But less than two weeks after the announcement, Mr Markle Snr reportedly revealed he wouldn't be walking his daughter down the aisle.

It was claimed the father had decided to pull out over the furore after he was caught setting up the staged paparazzi photos.

Mr Markle Snr told TMZ he had meant "no harm" to Meghan or the Royal Family when he set up a photoshoot in an Internet cafe.

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The shoot is said to have been part of a deal worth £100,000.

Reports suggested some wedding plans had been thrown into turmoil with the ex-Hollywood lighting director deciding to stay put at home.

It was claimed Harry was blaming himself for the situation, while Meghan was said to be distraught and "standing by" her father.

Last night, the couple released a statement addressing the reports that Mr Markle Snr was not going to attend the ceremony.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding.

"She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation."

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Earlier today, Piers Morgan lashed out at Meghan's half-sister for being a "media vulture" in a furious tirade on Good Morning Britain.

He was left fuming when Samantha - who reportedly hasn't spoken to her sibling since 2015 - tried to blame the media for her father's troubles.

Samantha, who suffers from MS, has claimed she wasn't invited to divorcee Meghan's first wedding - on a Jamaican beach - because of her wheelchair.

She has also previously blasted the royal wedding guest list by claiming that she had shunned her own family in favour of thousands of "complete strangers".

Meghan's estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jnr, 50, wrote an open letter begging to be invited to the wedding, despite telling Harry to call it off.

He said not being invited to the ceremony "hurt his feelings" and caused him to lash out - and said the big day would be the "biggest mistake in royal wedding history".

Bookmaker Ladbrokes have offered odds of 4/6 that Meghan's mother will walk her down the aisle.

However, Mr Markle Snr now appears determined to travel to England to make his daughter's big day.

He told TMZ if doctors discharge him from hospital, he will make the trip.

Meghan and Harry are both deeply concerned for Mr Markle Snr's welfare and are likely to put that priority above the tradition of a father walking his daughter down the aisle.

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