In the midst of the final hours leading up to the Royal Wedding, emotions are skyrocketing for the Harry and Meghan. With less than 72 hours before they say “I do,” massive turmoil has made its way into what is supposed to be the happiest time of their life.
In final days 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). Royal fans were thrilled to learn that her father would be the one to walk her down!
Only days later, major controversy struck again when Meghan learned that her dad had been involved in a photo scandal. Meghan was devastated afterward by her father’s decisions but still wanted him to be apart of her day. She still fully expected him to join her on the big day.
On the Monday before the wedding, Meghan learned that her father was suffering from chest pain. Only one day later, it was learned that Thomas had suffered a heart attack. On Wednesday, May 16th, just three days before the wedding, Thomas had open-heart surgery.
Media sources spammed the tragic reality, which undoubtedly caused Meghan more and headache and heartache. Even still, everyone was wondering whether or not Meghan would make it to the wedding.
To put the media to rest, Meghan finally spoke out- Her statement, released by Kensington Palace via Twitter would finally end all question regarding her father’s attendance. She wrote:
“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… I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”
Meghan is heartbroken over the recent situation but is enjoying her final days before her wedding with her mother, Doria. One source shared to People that Meghan “is with her mother and with her best friends, and is preparing for one of the most magical days of her life.”
We hope Meghan can enjoy her wedding, even with her father not by her side. Please pray for Thomas as this is likely a very difficult time for him as well.