Royal wedding 2018: Meghan's dad regrets not walking her down the aisle

Meghan Markle Gracefully Holds On To Prince Harry As She Nearly Falls At Princess Diana’s Niece’s Wedding

The 73-year-old described his sorrow at being unable to walk his daughter down the aisle because of heart surgery and admitted he was jealous but grateful that Prince Charles - who he has never spoken to - stepped in at the last minute, reports Daily Mail.

Just days before his daughter's wedding, he was caught staging paparazzi photos and later told TMZ he would be not travelling to the United Kingdom for the ceremony, for fear of causing further "embarrassment" to Meghan and the royals.

In an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain, Mr Markle said: "They were disappointed". "Meghan cried ... and they both said "take care of yourself, we're really anxious about you".

Neither the Duke or Duchess of Cambridge were present for the wedding, instead staying home with their newborn son, Prince Louis, after enjoying the previous weekend at the polo. "It was incredible watching her", he said. "I couldn't have been more proud", he said. "That upsets me somewhat".

In addition to Thomas Markle giving Harry "permission" to marry his daughter, the future father- and son-in-law got acquainted by discussing a number of issues.

Royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliams, told Express.co.uk it is due to the fact Kate is on maternity leave and spending quality time with her third child, Prince Louis. "I sort of disagreed with that".

The retired television cinematographer first made headlines after staging paparazzi photos of himself hunched over a computer at an internet café in Mexico reading articles about his daughter.

Detailing how he'd come across in the press in the past, Thomas said: "They would take pictures of me grabbing a beer, taking the garbage out, buying a toilet and making a big deal out of it. It's hard to take it back", he said. Then the next call was like, "He's British", and I said, "That's really nice". "My god, I have to apologize to the rest of the world for my President". And I said, 'You're a gentleman.

Meghan walked down the first part of the aisle alone, before she was joined by Charles, heir to the throne. "I think he was open to the experiment".

Prince Harry apparently went the super traditional route and asked Thomas if he could marry Meghan. "We talked a few times about Donald Trump and Brexit and things like that", Thomas said.

"He made a good pick, didn't he?" "I was complaining. I didn't like Donald Trump. Promise me you'll never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I give you my permission, '" he said of the phone call.

He added: "I accept full responsibility". I've had respect for that woman since I was a child.

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