Meghan Markle’s Dad Talks Paparazzi Scandal and Her Tears Over Him Missing the Royal Wedding

Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, spoke out on Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain in his first tell-all interview since having heart surgery and missing the royal wedding.

During the interview, Thomas spoke highly of Prince Harry—calling him a “very nice man,” a “gentleman” and “very likable.” Thomas also described some of his early conversations with his now son-in-law, claiming the two talked about politics, including Donald Trump’s presidency and Brexit.

One of their most important phone calls was when Harry reportedly called Thomas to ask for his blessing. Thomas gave the royal permission to marry his daughter, knowing she would be a “complement to the royal family.”

“My daughter has been a princess since the day she was born,” he told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

After Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, Thomas and his family members gained a lot of media attention. While he described the experience as “an invasion” he also said it was a “compliment.”

“I’m very proud of her, and I’ll adjust to this. I’ll get over this,” he said.

Just a few days before the May 19 wedding, Thomas found himself at the center of a scandal. The Mail on Sunday reported that many of his paparazzi photos had been staged. Thomas told the hosts he didn’t stage the photos for money but rather to improve his image.

“They take all kinds of pictures of me that [were] making me look negative. So, I thought this would be a nice way of improving my look. Well, obviously, that all went to hell,” he said. “I feel bad about it. I apologized for it and that’s all I can do. I can’t do much beyond that. That was a mistake.”

Thomas said Meghan and Harry were “very forgiving” when he called to apologize and that it wasn’t “that difficult” of a conversation. He also claimed Meghan still wanted him to walk her down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel. After all, he said everything from the travel arrangements to his wedding attire had been confirmed.

Of course, Thomas didn’t end up giving his daughter away. Just a few days later, Thomas reportedly suffered a heart attack. The father said the paparazzi scandal had taken a toll on him.

“The truth is that I couldn’t get over the fact that that had happen,” he said. “All of that stuff was working on me. I had a bit of heart condition. This pushed me a little further to the point, where I had heart palpations.”

He told the hosts the hospital “stabilized” him and that he still wanted to fly across the pond to attend his daughter’s big day. But after a few days of feeling better, he said his heart palpitations and pain returned, forcing him to have heart surgery and cancel his plans.

“The doctors said ‘This is what doctors call the widow maker,'” he said about his heart issues. “It would have killed me.”

Meghan’s father said his daughter “did cry” when he told her he wouldn’t be able to attend the wedding before heading into surgery. However, he said both she and Harry encouraged him to get better.

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