‘Shamed’ Meghan Markle’s dad ‘will always regret not walking her down the aisle’

Meghan Markle’s dad will ‘always regret’ not walking his daughter down the aisle at St George’s Chapel, according to her half-sister.

Samantha Markle, who has been scathing of her half sister in the press, said their dad, Thomas Markle Snr, will always feel guilty about being too ill to see her wed Prince Harry on Saturday.

Thomas Markle, like millions of others, had to watch his daughter get married in the star-studded ceremony on television.

The former lighting engineer, 73, underwent heart surgery last week and was too ill to fly over for the wedding with the Duchess of Sussex’s mum, Doria Ragland , being the only person from her family who attended the ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Speaking to The Sun wheelchair-bound Samantha said: "It’s sad because he is always going to be regretting that he couldn’t walk Meghan down the aisle and feeling socially shamed, unjustly really.

"To do that to a 73-year-old man I think was so incredibly horrible."

Plans for the much-anticipated wedding were thrown into turmoil when Thomas Markle Snr reportedly told TMZ he wouldn’t attend the wedding of his daughter, the day after it was claimed he had trousered thousands of pounds for setting up staged paparazzi photos of him ‘preparing for the wedding’.

He then changed his mind following heartfelt messages from his 36-year-old daughter but ill health meant he could not attend.

Samantha revealed that her dad is now being cared for in LA after he left his home in Mexico for the surgery.

She said: "He is still in hospital. He’s going to be taking blood thinners, probably for the rest of his life, which is hard.

"Clearly it’s going to change his whole lifestyle now."

Overnight TMZ published photos of Thomas Markle apparently drinking a Frappucino from a drive-thru Starbucks.

The 73-year-old reportedly spoke to the celebrity news website on his daughter’s wedding day.

He is reported to have said: "My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy.

"I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness."

He added that watching the ceremony was "emotional and joyful."

Samantha, 53, has appealed to Meghan to reunite the family after years of estrangement.

She told The Sun : “I watched the bishop talk about love and unity and forgiveness and I hoped it would strike a chord within Meghan.

“So if that was real and if I were to define a principle to all of this then it would be that we all just work for a peaceful resolution and reunion as a family.

“I feel a religious and moral obligation to be open to her and not be vindictive or isolating or hurt.”

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