It should have played centre stage at one of the most eagerly anticipated events of recent years; the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle.
But after Thomas Markle was let unable to fly to Britain after suffering a heart attack, the suit he would have worn to lead his daughter up the aisle of St George’s Chapel was left languishing in a tailor’s wardrobe.
And there it would have stayed, but for an unlikely twist of fate.
When sports PR Johnno Spence decided to get himself kitted out with a new outfit for last week’s Royal Ascot his Savile Row tailor said he had just the thing in mind - Mr Markle’s tail suit.
With both men being of similar shape and size the suit needed only minor alterations and Mr Spence was more than happy to put it to good use.
“It was a shame Mr Markle couldn’t attend his daughter's wedding,” Mr Spence told The Sunday Telegraph. “But you could say his misfortune was my good luck.”
As well as buying the wedding suit, he also bought the summer suit and three shirts that Mr Markle had ordered especially for his aborted visit to Britain.
“I went into my tailors because I needed a new morning suit,” said Mr Spence, whose clients have included the Jockey Club and the Epsom Derby.
“His face lit up and he said ‘Well, actually I’ve got the perfect thing for you, a tail suit, a summer suit and three shirts we made for Mr Markle, but unfortunately he couldn’t take them’.
“I couldn’t believe my luck, and they only needed a few tiny alterations.”
Mr Markle last week told how he had cried as he watched his daughter’s wedding on television at a small rented hide-out.
He admitted he had been “jealous” that he was left as a “footnote in history”, but said “thank God” that the Prince of Wales, whom he has never spoken to, was there to step in.