When Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, revealed last minute that he couldn’t attend the royal wedding, the future Duchess of Sussex confirmed the news in a brief yet cordial statement. “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health,” her message began.
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But her reaction behind the scenes was much more emotional. According to a new report from The Telegraph, the shocking news of Thomas Markle’s absence from the nuptials “reduced both Meghan and Harry to tears.”
There was more to the drama than Thomas’ last-minute withdrawal from the ceremony. Days prior, he was caught staging his own paparazzi photos in an attempt to improve his image ahead of the royal wedding.
Following the scandal, Thomas announced he would not attend the nuptials to avoid embarrassing the royal family, but the next day, he changed his mind because he wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle. Then, shortly after, he announced he had to undergo heart surgery for severe chest pains and would not be able to recover in time for the wedding.