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Former Meghan Markle's father says he wishes he could have walked her down the hall during her wedding with Prince Harry. Nevertheless, Thomas Markle told ITV that he was "very proud" and honored to be replaced by Prince Charles. (18th of June)
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Duchess Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, says he lied to Prince Harry about these infamous wedding preparation photos and hung up when Harry told him, "If you had listened to me, it would never have happened." 19659007] In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Markle, 74, drafted on the royal response when scandal broke out around his staged paparazzi photos. The bride's father was allegedly photographed to measure his wedding suit and read about the royal family. After it became known that the seemingly candid photos were fake, he announced that he would not be able to walk Meghan Markle down the hall at her wedding on May 19 because he was recovering from a heart operation.

Markle says in the new interview on Saturday that he told the prince that he was "measured for a hoodie" when Harry confronted him about the reports. He claims that Harry, 33, has called the hospital to punish him after the photos have been published. "Maybe it would be better for you if I were dead … then you could pretend to be sad," says Markle, he told the prince and interrupted the call.

He says the Duke of Sussex is "absolutely right" to challenge him, but still disturbs the "rude" timing.

"Harry told me that I should never go to the press, that it would end in tears," Thomas remembers one of his earliest conversations the prince. He said, "They will eat you alive. "He was right."

This advice did not prevent Markle from continuing to speak to British journalists since the wedding, though he told the London newspaper that the interview would be his last.

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Markle also told the Mail that he was shocked when Meghan, now 37, told him he should not attend her wedding Hold a discourse. "That hurts."

"I'm not mad at Harry, I'm not mad at Meghan, I love her, I wish her well," says the Duchess's father, noting that he has not spoken to the couple for months. I'm ready. "

USA TODAY has turned to Kensington Palace for comment.

During an interview with" Good Morning Britain "in June, Markle told the hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan said that he "desperately wanted to go down my aisle with my daughter," though he was proud that Prince Charles took his place.

Markle apologized for staging the counterfeit pictures, but broke it royal protocol during this interview by discussing his son-in-law's political views.

Markle said Prince Harry expresses an openness to President Donald Trump and Brexit and recalls a conversation with his daughter's fiancee at the time, he also predicted that a royal baby will not be far in the future for the couple.

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