WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – U.S. actress Meghan Markle confirmed on Thursday her father would not be attending her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth, placing an finish to days of hypothesis.
Markle’s father, Thomas, had been due to stroll his daughter down the aisle on the glittering ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
But the previous lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms gave a collection of contradictory statements this week about whether or not he could be there, with the Los Angeles-based superstar web site TMZ.com saying he had undergone coronary heart surgical procedure on Wednesday.
“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,” Meghan Markle stated in a press release.
“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.”
Saturday’s wedding will be a luxurious present of British pageantry, doubtless to appeal to an enormous world viewers.
Supporters hope the union of probably the most fashionable royals and a glamorous American actress, a divorcee with a white father and an African-American mom, will reinvigorate the monarchy.
However, a lot of the carefully-planned and choreographed build-up to the ceremony has been overshadowed by confusion over whether or not Markle’s father.
Her mom, Doria Ragland, a yoga teacher and social employee, has arrived in Britain and is due to meet the 92-year-old queen and her husband Prince Philip, 96, on Thursday.
Editing by Alison Williams/Guy Faulconbridge