Royal Wedding 2018: Meghan Markle's father 'alert and coherent after heart surgery'

Meghan Markle and her father Thomas: Tim Stewart / Splash
Meghan Markle and her father Thomas: Tim Stewart / Splash

​Meghan Markle’s father is “alert and coherent” after undergoing heart surgery that he said put a stop to his hopes of walking his daughter down the aisle.

Thomas Markle, 73, underwent surgery on Wednesday morning following a heart attack last week.

Mr Markle told TMZ today, following the operation, that doctors implanted stents in his blood vessels.

It comes after the royal wedding was thrown into chaos when the 73-year-old said he will most likely not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle on Saturday due to the operation.

Ms Markle’s half-sister Samantha was also in hospital on Wednesday after suffering a broken ankle in a car crash in Florida, TMZ said.

Mr Markle earlier told TMZ he was determined to make his daughter's big day saying: "I'd like to be a part of history."

Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle? (Getty Images)
Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle? (Getty Images)

Ms Markle and Harry had said they are both deeply concerned for Mr Markle's welfare and are likely to put that priority above the tradition of a father walking his daughter down the aisle.

The former lighting director's attendance at the ceremony at Windsor Castle has been speculated on widely following allegations he posed for staged paparazzi photos.

The day after The Mail On Sunday reported that the pictures, which appeared in a number of British newspapers, were mocked up, Ms Markle's father dropped out of the wedding, according to TMZ, telling the site 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 was concerned about his health.

Despite her parents divorcing when she was six Ms Markle has remained close to her father.

When she lived with her mother Doria Ragland in Los Angeles, the actress spent a great deal of time with Mr Markle who now lives in Mexico.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married on Saturday (AP)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married on Saturday (AP)

Mr Markle told the TMZ site his daughter harbours no ill feelings towards him over the alleged collusion with the paparazzi agency, and he said about the Queen's interest in events: "I don't think the Queen is thinking about what I'm doing."

He was due to meet the Queen with Ms Markle's mother in the days leading up to the wedding being staged at St George's Chapel at the castle.

And at the same event he would have been introduced to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The depth of Harry and Ms Markle's feelings for Mr Markle were revealed in a Kensington Palace statement released on Monday night: "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding.

"She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation."

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