Meghan Markle said Thursday that her father won’t be at her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday at Windsor Castle due to health problems.
“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” she said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”
The palace has not revealed details about Thomas Markle’s health issues, but the celebrity website TMZ says he is hospitalized in California after undergoing a procedure to clear blocked coronary arteries.
He reportedly told the website he was OK but needed to rest.
Thomas Markle, 73, had been scheduled to walk his daughter down the aisle Saturday at St George’s Chapel.
It is possible Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, will fill that role instead. No replacement has been officially named.
Ragland has arrived in Britain and is due to meet the Queen, 92, and her husband Prince Philip, 96, on Thursday.