Meghan Markle’s father will be “heartbroken” to miss his daughter’s wedding, it has been reported.
Thomas Markle Jr, the brother of Ms Markle, visited Windsor Castle to see where his sibling will marry Prince Harry.
Mr Markle Jr’s claims came on the day his father was due to undergo heart surgery, and an entertainment website reported he had successfully had three stents fitted.
He told the Mirror: “My dad will be heartbroken that he cannot be with Meg in Windsor to walk her down the aisle.
“He would have moved heaven and earth to be there.
“My sister’s going to be one of the best things ever to have happened to the royal family.
“She will be the perfect modern princess.”
He is badly in need of help. I’m dreadfully worried about himSamantha Markle, speaking of her father
But it appears Mr Markle will not walk his daughter down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday as he recovers in hospital.
Mr Markle Jr reportedly said Kensington Palace should have offered his father more guidance about how to handle the intense media spotlight, following breathless press scrutiny.
Pictures of Mr Markle appeared in a number of British newspapers, which it later emerged were staged, prompting him to drop out of the wedding, telling TMZ he did not want to “embarrass the royal family or his daughter”.
But on Monday he missed a call from his daughter and she later told him she loved him in a text message and said she was concerned about his health.
Ms Markle’s father has come under severe scrutiny and his attendance at the wedding has been speculated on widely following allegations that he posed for staged paparazzi photos.
Ms Markle’s sister, Samantha, told The Sun she was worried about her father and claimed she had wired money to the 73-year-old.
She told The Sun: “He is badly in need of help. I’m dreadfully worried about him.
“He’s completely on his own.”
Despite her parents divorcing when she was six, Ms Markle has remained close to her father.
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Samantha Markle was reportedly injured following a “paparazzi confrontation” in Florida on Wednesday.
Her partner, named by TMZ as Mark, told the website that their car hit a concrete barrier after attempting to avoid a photographer.
Ms Markle had apparently been left with a broken ankle and a fractured knee and was receiving treatment in hospital, he said.