Meghan Markle's dad won't attend royal wedding

Meghan Markle's dad won't attend royal wedding
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to marry on Saturday. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – Days before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, Kensington Palace has announced Meghan Markle's father will not be attending the wedding.

Thomas Markle is apparently saying home for health reasons. He reportedly suffered a heart attack recently and has had a heart procedure to clear blocked arteries.

In a statement released by Kensington Palace, Meghan Markle said, "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed Saturday in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

It was previously reported Thomas Markle decided he wouldn't attend the wedding after it was revealed he was paid to take paparazzi-style photos and also because of his recent health problems.

Then Thomas Markle was quoted as saying he wouldn't want to miss the historic moment.

Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, may walk her daughter down the aisle Saturday, the Associated Press reported. She is in England and expected to meet senior members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II.

Another possible stand-in for Meghan Markle's dad would be Prince Charles, her future father-in-law, CNN said.

Part of the media circus surrounding the wedding has included remarks from Meghan Markle's estranged family members who weren't invited to the wedding.

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