We’ve seen the story many times over the past week, but the outcome has been different every time. First, it was reported that Thomas Markle, Sr. would be traveling to London to walk his daughter down the aisle at her May 19th wedding to Prince Harry. Everyone was elated that the confirmation of this unsure detail had finally been announced.
Then, only a couple of days later, we caught wind of the ‘fake photo-shoot scandal’ and the news suddenly changed. The elder Markle reportedly suffered a serious heart attack due to the stress and would not be fit enough to attend his daughter’s nuptials.
THEN we were told that the real reason he was not coming was to save Meghan, Harry, and the rest of the Royal Family the embarrassment of his presence in light of the bad press.
This news was quickly followed by a contradictory update: after receiving a call from the bride, in which she begged him to attend, Mr. Markle expressed that he wanted to attend and would do so at his daughter’s request.
If only the story could have ended there, but it was not to be. Late Tuesday we got more bad news. Meghan’s dad began suffering severe chest pains and was rushed to the hospital where doctors determined that the extent of the damage from the earlier heart attack was major and that he would need immediate corrective surgery.
He was scheduled to go under the knife at 7:30 AM Wednesday and there was no way he would be recovered in time to make the trip. We have not received any updates on his condition.
In spite of the ups and downs that the bride-to-be has suffered over the past few weeks, Meghan is determined to carry on with the plans that have been in the works for six months. Part of her heart may be in Los Angeles with her dad as he struggles, but she will be present and smiling at noon on Saturday when she is set to wed the man of her dreams, Prince Harry of Britain.
As sad as this whole saga is, it is something of a 'baptism by fire' for Meghan. She has just received a crash course in how to put aside personal thoughts and concerns in order to fulfill expectations and responsibilities associated with the noble position into which she is entering.
As we send our good wishes to the bride and groom, we also extend our prayers for the health and recovery of the bride's dad. We hope he bounces back quickly and is able to travel to meet his new son-in-law as soon as possible.
To see more about one part of the never-ending saga, watch the video, below.