Meghan's father will NOT attend the royal wedding... he's having surgery tomorrow

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Then, earlier on Tuesday, he said he had changed his mind and was hoping to walk Ms Markle down the aisle, saying he would hate to miss out on a historic day.

Harry's office said last week that all the bridesmaids would be children and that Markle had decided not to have a maid of honor because she could not choose between her friends.

"He sent me a message that he was undergoing heart surgery", she said, "He's been under a tremendous amount of stress amidst health challenges". I didn't want him deprive of that.

Whether he attends the wedding will be based on "whether or not it's safe" for him to go, said Grant.

Almost two weeks ago, Kensington Palace confirmed that the former lighting director in Hollywood ― who now lives a low-key life in Rosarito, Mexico ― would be walking his daughter down the aisle on May 19. He met Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, at a Hollywood studio in the late '70s and the pair split when their daughter was still young.

Two in three Britons are "not interested" in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding this weekend, according to a new poll published on Tuesday. Exercise fanatic Markle loves running as well as yoga and has, according to friends, indeed been doing laps around the park as part of her pre-wedding exercise regimen. "And there was my mom, caramel in complexion with her light-skinned baby in tow, being asked where my mother was since they assumed she was the nanny", wrote Meghan in the 2015 essay.

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"How much money have you made from trashing Meghan Markle?".

CNN has reached out to Thomas Markle for comment by phone and over email but has not yet received a response.

Kensington Palace had been at pains to project a sense of serenity around preparations for the big day, regularly announcing minor planning details from the type of carriage the couple will ride to who will bake their wedding cake.

Mr Markle, 73, was due to walk his daughter down the aisle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in front of 600 guests including all the senior British royals and a smattering of celebrities on Saturday.

Viewership on Markle-related videos has vaulted the American to the top of a royal family member viewership chart provided by YouTube.

With the greatest respect to Phil, Charlie, Will and that Pelly bloke, having your future grandfather-in-law, future-father-in law, future brother-in-law or one of Harry's bro's "give you away" is surely scraping the bottom of the barrel. Media coverage of the couple has intensified as their wedding approached.

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