How is Thomas Markle doing after his heart operation and why was he not at Meghan’s Royal Wedding?


Meghan Markle released a statement ahead of her big day to say her dad Thomas would not be attending the Royal Wedding due to health problems.

The 73-year-old underwent heart surgery on May 16, which is said to have been "successful" – here's the latest…

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What’s wrong with Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas?

Thomas Markle was forced to pull out from the Royal Wedding citing health problems.

Meghan’s dad was determined to attend the nuptials in Windsor even after suffering a heart attack in the build-up to the big day.

However, he began suffering chest pains again on Monday, May 14.

Thomas claims his son, Thomas Junior, triggered his initial heart scare by writing an open letter to Prince Harry telling him not to wed Meghan.

The retired lighting director, who lives in Rosarito, Mexico, said medics had told him his heart was “seriously damaged” after his recent heart attack.

According to TMZ, Thomas Markle said surgeons would clear blockage in his heart, repair the damage and put in a stent.

On the evening of May 16, the same US outlet reported that Meghan's dad had undergone "successful" surgery and was "alert and coherent" following the procedure.

Meghan released an official statement via Kensington Palace on May 17, which stated "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."

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When was Thomas Markle's heart surgery and did he have a heart attack?

Reports suggested Thomas Markle’s surgery was scheduled for 3.30pm BST on May 16.

The reports that his surgery had been successful came out that evening.

It comes after Meghan’s dad checked himself into hospital for a battery of tests following recurring chest pains.

The surgery came just one week after he was admitted to hospital for a heart attack.

His heart problems were revealed in a televised interview in Britain by Meghan’s half-sister Samantha.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she did not specify the timing of the heart attack but said that her father was "quite depressed over the unbelievable series of events involving the media."

News of his heart attack came just days after he was caught out staging paparazzi photographs in an ill-fated bid to improve his image.

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