Meghan Markle is only days away from marrying Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Normally, at this point in the engagement process, the bride’s thoughts tend to be focused on the smaller details leading up the big day. But after Meghan learned the devastating news about her father less than 100 hours before saying “I do,” her mind is everywhere but wedding details.
In the weeks leading up the wedding, Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, has been a hot topic on every media outlet. Since news of the engagement surfaced, the relationship between Meghan and her father has flooded tabloids. It’s been unsure as to whether or not he would be in attendance at his own daughter’s wedding since the two haven’t had the closest relationship in the last few years.
On May 4th, Kensington Palace tweeted that Meghan’s father would, in fact, be in attendance at his daughter’s wedding and that he would be the one to walk her down the aisle (Many had speculated that her mother, Doria, would be the one to walk her down). However, shortly after the announcement was made, major scandal regarding Thomas surfaced on the internet.
It was released that he was involved in a staged photo shoot for money; photos of Thomas getting fitted for a tux, working out, and researching Meghan, Prince Harry, and Great Britain were released. Meghan was devastated to have learned that her father was dappling in press incentives at her extent.
Following the leak, PEOPLE reported that Thomas was declining his invitation to the wedding as he “didn’t want to embarrass his daughter more than he already had.” Immediately following that, TMZ reported that Thomas Markle was admitted to the hospital for heart complications. It was later learned that he had suffered from a heart attack.
Needless to say, Meghan was experiencing several emotions ranging from anger to hurt to fear; Would her father be okay? Was the heart attack because of the press? Why did he feel the need to stage a photoshoot? It was beginning to get overwhelming.
Now, just hours before the wedding, Thomas’ health has taken a turn for the worse. Just three days before the wedding, doctors have rushed Thomas into emergency open heart surgery. PEOPLE reports that he’s been in surgery since 7:30 am on Wednesday, May 16th. They’ve also confirmed that he will not be making the wedding.
Thomas shared that he believes the recent events and stress are to blame for his heart attack. His health was not exceptionally great prior to the international buzz about his daughter, but the constant badgering of paparazzi and his family’s public drama has likely affected his body.
Since the recent events, Kensington Palace has requested Meghan and Harry “respect and understanding during this deeply personal time.” Please join us in praying for Thomas and his family during this time as well as Meghan as it’s been entirely overwhelming to her both a bride and as a daughter.