Meghan Markle's dad will not attend royal wedding

All eyes are now on Markle's mom, Doria Ragland, who is expected to be her only family member at her wedding to Prince Harry.
4:38 | 05/17/18

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You know from the music, you know from that picture Windsor castle. We are less than two days from the royal wedding. Rehearsals are under way. The music always gives it away. I love that. Michael is right smack dab in the middle of all of it and touched down a couple of hours ago and I love the view you have there, Michael. I got a great view, robin. I moved up here so everyone is going to get a better look at the route that Harry and Meghan will take in their carriage just after they wed and have a look back there. That's Windsor castle, the wedding service is scheduled to begin less than 48 hours from now at St. George's chapel here on the grounds, but the one thing leading people into suspense is who will walk Meghan down the aisle. After reports of Thomas Markle experiening health problems could mom make history as a stand-in. Meghan Markle just released a statement, ABC's Adrienne Bankert is here with more. Good morning, Adrienne. Good morning to you, too, Michael. A busy morning as you know hearing from Meghan directly with that palace statement and, again, her father reportedly cannot travel for the next week or two based on the kind of surgery he's had. So now we know for certain what has been speculated for weeks. This morning, a startling announcement from Meghan Markle saying her father Thomas will be unable to fly to London to attend her wedding to prince Harry. Her statement reading, I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health and goes on to say please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday. Royal sources tell ABC news Meghan and Harry have been in touch with Thomas over the last few days. According to TMZ her father who has publicly changed his mind about attending the wedding a few times is resting in a Mexican hospital after he says doctors implanted three stents in his body following heart surgery. TMZ says he told them I'm okay. It will take a long time to heal. Staying in the hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited. They are reporting that he may have to watch his daughter walk down the aisle from his hospital bed. The website reports that Thomas believes his ex-wife Doria should escort their daughter down the aisle. Overnight Doria arrived in London where she was greeted by Meghan Markle's top aide, Amy pickerel and drivencho par jaguar. If her mom does walk Meghan down the aisle she will make history as the first woman to do so. Prince Harry is after the queen consistently the most popular prince. He is the people's prince. Reporter: But some royal watchers have S another idea if Doria doesn't. Harry's father, prince Charles. This as Meghan's half-sister Samantha who has claimed responsibility for their father's now infamous photo shoot spoke out to TMZ Wednesday saying the soon-to-be American princess isn't close with her extended family. Meghan and I do not have a relationship now. The last year. I think has been strained because of what tabloids have said but meg doesn't have a relationship that I've seen with anyone in the family. Reporter: Now with just two days to go before the big day Meghan's closest friends are making their way across the pond. Good friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney is seen arriving in London Wednesday. The 37-year-old accompanied by her husband Ben, the son of the former prime minister of Canada and their three children who will be participating in the wedding as page boys and bridesmaid. And you know for sure this statement was carefully crafted. Every word means something, Michael, in fact, when you read between the lines there's a public statement from Meghan and Harry saying they have not abandoned her father, that they've dune everything in their power to try to include him in this, the biggest day of their lives and also another public statement saying we would really like dad to stop speaking to the press. All right, thank you, Adrienne. They have broken so many of the norms with this wedding, what's one more. Let momma walk you down the aisle. Why not. All right, robin, we'll go back to you. Okay, we'll get back to you in a little bit but it's wonderful she's got this strong circle of friends that are joining her there in London and I can't wait to join Michael and the rest of the gang tomorrow in Windsor for our special coverage and David Muir and I will have live coverage. The royal wedding starting at 5:00 A.M. In case you haven't heard. I'll remind you yet again.

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