Meghan Markle's Dad Speaks Out About Missing Royal Wedding

Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, just opened up about his daughter's marriage to Prince Harry.

On Monday, June 18, 2018, Thomas appeared on Good Morning Britain and gave his first interview since he missed the royal wedding in May 2018, speaking out about missing Meghan and Harry's big day. Revealing that he'd told Meghan and Harry that he wasn't going to their wedding in a phone call, Thomas recounted, "They were disappointed ... and they both said, 'Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you.'"

Come the day of the royal wedding, Thomas admitted that he'd felt "jealous" of Harry's father, Prince Charles, who had walked Meghan down the aisle in his place. "I was honoured, I can't think of a better replacement than someone like Prince Charles," he said. "I was thrilled to tears he was doing that, I just wish it had been my hand holding hers, not his."

Thomas also commented on his ex-wife's presence at Meghan's wedding. Doria Ragland had been the only member of Meghan's family to attend. "My ex-wife is a beautiful woman. I thought she looked very good," Thomas stated, adding, "I kind of wish she was sitting next to someone." However, Thomas noted that he'd agreed with Meghan's decision not to invite other members of their family to her wedding, saying that "she would have offended the others" who weren't invited.

During the morning show interview, Thomas, who was reportedly paid "a few thousand" to be interviewed on Good Morning Britain, also shared that he's yet to meet Harry in person but that they've had several phone conversations.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, days before the royal wedding, it was revealed that Thomas would not be attending his daughter's wedding. He'd reportedly suffered a heart attack. He later underwent heart surgery and had three stents put in.

The news came after Thomas was exposed for staging photos of himself with a paparazzi agency in an effort to make himself look better to the public. "Obviously that all went to hell," Thomas told Good Morning Britain about the photos. "I realised it was a serious mistake. It's hard to take it back."