Meghan Markle’s father Thomas Markle has spoken out about his experience of watching the royal wedding from afar. The father of the bride was due to attend the wedding at Windsor Castle and walk Meghan down the aisle, but it was announced earlier this week that he would not be attending because he had heart surgery scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, May 16.
“My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness,” Thomas told TMZ, adding that watching the ceremony was an “emotional and joyful” experience. His non-attendance at the wedding came after a series of conflicting reports. On Monday, days after it was revealed that he had been paid for staged paparazzi photos, Markle declared that he wouldn’t go to the wedding “because he doesn’t want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter.” He then appeared to change his mind, telling TMZ that he’d “like to be a part of history.” But after developing chest pains last week, he checked himself into the hospital for tests that determined he needed heart surgery.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married this morning in a moving ceremony before more than 600 guests in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The wedding vows came after a reading given by Prince Harry’s aunt, Lady Jane Fellowes (Princess Diana’s sister), and a powerful address from the Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop and Primate of the U.S. Episcopal Church. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was the only member of her family to attend the ceremony, and was touchingly overcome with emotion at several points throughout.
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