Meghan Markle’s Dad Pulls Out Of Wedding Again, Says He Must Get Heart Surgery

May. 16 2018, Updated 12:21 p.m. ET

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Meghan Markle’s dad has announced he is not attending her wedding — again!

On Monday, Thomas Markle announced he would not be attending Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding after admitting he worked with paparazzi to stage photos of himself.

However, by Tuesday morning, Thomas said he was hoping to attend the wedding after all.

“I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle. Of course I’d walk her down the aisle. This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history,” he said.

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But by Tuesday afternoon, Thomas, who said he suffered a heart attack a few days ago, claimed he had heart surgery scheduled for Wednesday morning and wouldn’t recover in time to fly to England and attend the wedding.

Thomas was expected to walk Meghan down the aisle, but now it is unclear who will take on that role. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is still scheduled to attend and ride with Meghan in the car to Windsor Castle, where the ceremony is being held.

On Monday, Kensington Palace released a statement addressing Thomas’ photo scandal and his plans to skip the wedding.

"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the statement read. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”

Meghan and Harry’s wedding is this Saturday, May 19.

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