Meghan Markle’s Father Speaks Out for the First Time After Royal Wedding Debacle

Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Days before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day, the father of the bride, Thomas Markle, suddenly announced he was no longer walking his daughter down the aisle leaving the palace to scramble to find a replacement.

The end result was rather lovely and symbolic with Meghan Markle arriving to the church with her mother, Doria Ragland, and entering into St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle solo to walk halfway down the aisle. She was then greeted at the midway mark by Prince Charles, who walked her down the rest of the aisle, a gesture that was hailed as warm and emotional even for the typically staunch British Royal Family.

Now, nearly a month after the spectacle of a day, Thomas spoke out on Monday, June 18, about the dramatic days leading up to the wedding itself for his first interview since the nuptials. The bride’s father dropped out due to his ailing health condition, which prompted doctors to warn that he had to get heart surgery or else he would further jeopardize his well being. Thomas broke the unfortunate news to his daughter over the phone.

“They were disappointed,” he told Good Morning Britain. “Meghan cried… and they both said, ‘Take care of yourself, we’re really worried about you’.”

While he was unable to make the wedding, Thomas watched his daughter and Harry marry from afar. “It was incredible watching her,” he told the morning show. “I was very proud… 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. That upsets me somewhat.”

Finally, he addressed the paparazzi photo debacle after it was revealed he was paid for staged photos by an agency. “I realized it was a serious mistake,” he said. “It’s hard to take it back.” The elder Markle told the outlet he apologized to the newlyweds, and in response, they were supposedly, “very forgiving.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.