MEGHAN Markle’s dad Thomas all but confirmed he would not be walking the Royal bride-to-be down the aisle in the days before the Royal Wedding due to health problems.
The 73-year-old has reportedly undergone heart surgery today. Here’s the latest on his condition.
Coleman-Rayner Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas won’t be walking her down the aisle after all
What’s wrong with Meghan Markle’s dad Thomas?
Thomas Markle was forced to pull out from the Royal Wedding for a second time, citing health problems.
Meghan’s dad was determined to attend the nuptials in London even after suffering a heart attack in the build-up to the big day.
However, he began suffering chest pains again on Monday.
Thomas claims his son, Thomas Junior, triggered his initial heart scare by writing an open letter to Prince Harry not to marry 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.
Refer to Caption Meghan was hoping her dad would walk her down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry
When was his 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.