Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Poll finds minimal interest in royal wedding among Britons

Poll finds minimal interest in royal wedding among Britons

A cardboard cut-out display of Prince Harry and his fiance United States actress Meghan Markle sits outside a card shop ahead of the couple's wedding.

Will Meghan Markle's father be at her wedding this Saturday to walk his daughter down the aisle?

The American TV actress' family has been in the news for their controversial statements about the bride-to-be. Meghan Markle's father reveal that doctors told him there is "serious" damage to his heart following the attack last week, but that he wants to be there for his daughter's big day if possible.

Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, was quoted as telling Los Angeles-based celebrity website TMZ.com that he was scheduled to undergo a heart fix and blockage clearance procedure early on Wednesday morning.

TMZ reporter Sean Mandell on GMB
ITV CLOSE CONTACT Sean Mandell revealed he has Thomas Markle's details and they speak regularly

Meanwhile Thomas Sr.'s eldest daughter Samantha Markle, who has also caused uproar with her very public criticism of Meghan, told Sunrise this morning that he was being prepped for surgery.

Kensington Palace issued a statement calling for "understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this hard situation".

Meghan Markle, the fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry, attends the Dawn Service at Wellington Arch to commemorate Anzac Day in London, Britain, April 25, 2018. Thomas had said that he also had a heart attack six days ago but left the hospital early so that he could attend but that is now not possible. The website reported that he said money was not his primary motivation for agreeing to be photographed and he was opting to miss the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family. She said her father had "suffered at the hands of the media" and had decided "enough is enough".

"So, mortifying for the royal family, enraging for Meghan Markle".

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The announcement was met with an outpouring of support for both Ms Markle and her father on social media.

The Metropolitan Police said that officers tested a substance in a package received at St James's Palace, which the London Evening Standard said was a white powder.

However, it has now been reported that he wants to fly to England for the royal wedding after Meghan reached out to him - but there's a slight problem.

Despite the chaos, Grant said she purchased a wedding present for Prince Harry and Markle.

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A source close to Thomas Markle, cited by the publication, said he was convinced to pose for the shots after being hounded by the paparazzi.

However, Mr Markle told TMZ that Meghan has said she does not have any ill feelings towards him for staging the photos.

"I said the world has no idea that you're getting in shape and doing healthy things", she said.

And although they've written zero words of affection to Markle on any royal documents thus far, the royals have made sure to pay tribute to her US heritage.

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