Meghan Markle's sick dad Thomas 'snubbed by royals as he WON'T be granted a coat of arms'

Thomas Markle, 73, was reportedly snubbed by the Queen – who has previously bestowed the honour on fathers of other commoners to marry into the Royal Family.

The Daily Mail claimed the Queen herself made the decree, with a source saying that it would be too "complicated".

A source said: "The Palace has instructed us to use the example of the Duchess of Gloucester and give Meghan Markle her own coat of arms instead."

How the Royal Wedding has unfolded so far…

  • Royal fans are descending on Windsor to catch a glimpse of the loved-up couple as they tie the knot today
  • Meghan Markle spent her last night as an unmarried woman with her mum Doria Ragland at Cliveden Hall
  • Prince Harry stayed at Coworth Park with his big brother and best man, Prince William
  • The brothers had last night walked out around Windsor to greet fans ahead of the big day
  • The bride will walk down the aisle partly by herself before being joined by Prince Charles, who will give her away
  • Meghan's dad Thomas Markle will not be at the big day, still recovering from a heart operation
  • Prince Harry and Meghan will be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duchess of Gloucester was Danish-born, marrying into the royal family in 1972.

It comes as it was today confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would become known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Mr Markle would need to prove that he has an ancestor who was a subject of the Crown, or in other words, British.

But the dad won't be at the wedding today, with it confirmed he would not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle due to health concerns.

Kensington Palace released a statement this week, saying that Meghan had "always cared" for her dad but wanted him to focus on his health.

It comes after Thomas Markle was caught up in controversy when it was revealed he had posed for staged paparazzi photographs in the lead up to the wedding.

If Meghan is given her own Royal Coat of Arms, she will follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Duchess of Wessex.

Like the Duchess's, Meghan would then receive a joint coat of arms with Harry following their wedding, where the two crests of their family would be linked together.

A coat of arms is a crest which is designed by the Royal College of Arms and in the past people marrying into the Royal family have been given one.

The Middleton family were awarded their own heraldic coat of arms in time for Kate's wedding to William in 2011.

This means that not only is Kate entitled to use the coat, so are her siblings and parents.

Kate’s brother James will be able to pass down the coat of arms to his children but her sister Pippa, as a woman, will not but she can use it during her lifetime.

After William and Kate wed, the Queen awarded the couple their own joint coat of arms, which showed the two family's crests meeting together.

Known as the Conjugal Coat of Arms, they will have it forever.

When Meghan and Harry marry, they may likewise be granted their own Conjugal Coat of Arms.

The father of Sophie Rhys-Jones, now known as the Countess of Wessex, received a coat of arms when Sophie married Prince Edward in 1999.

Americans have had their own coat of arms before though.

Former President Bill Clinton has one, as does Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates.

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