After all the drama surrounding Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, in the days leading up to her royal wedding to Prince Harry, Thomas is now opening up about how hard it was for him to miss his daughter’s big day.
In an interview with U.K.’s Good Morning Britain on Monday, June 18, Duchess Meghan’s father revealed Meghan cried when his health crisis prevented him from making the trip to England. “They were disappointed. Meghan cried, I’m sure — she did cry — and they both said, ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you.’ They said the important thing is that I get better,” he revealed.
In the days leading up to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding on May 19, Thomas Markle made headlines when he revealed he had arranged photoshoots with the paparazzi and then announced he would not be attending the wedding. Although the next day he retracted and said he did want to go to the wedding, he had also suffered a heart attack and the doctors told him he would not be able to fly and would require surgery.
While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were most concerned with Thomas getting better, he admitted it is still a huge regret that he couldn’t be there, “I absolutely wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle,” but added he was “honored” Prince Charles stepped in for him. “Everybody was watching my daughter and I couldn’t have been more proud. And like I said, how could I ask for a better replacement than Charles? I just wish it could have been my hand holding my daughter’s not his, but I think he was wonderful for doing it,” said Thomas.
“The unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle,” he admitted. “That upsets me somewhat.”
Thomas added, “It was a very emotional moment for me, like I said, I cried about it. I wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle. I wanted that moment. But I’m thankful for everything the way it went. I was very proud. I was very upset that it wasn’t me but the whole world was watching my daughter. I was very happy about that.”
He went on to add that he thinks his new son-in-law, Prince Harry, is a “great” and “interesting guy” and revealed, “Harry asked for her hand over the phone and I said: ‘You’re a gentleman, promise me you’ll never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission.’ ”