Harry and Meghan arrive for wedding rehearsal in Windsor

Harry and Meghan arrive for wedding rehearsal in Windsor

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are today meeting the Queen for tea at Windsor hours after the star was forced to confirm that her father has pulled out two days before the royal wedding.

The American-born actress smiled as she arrived at Windsor Castle but her royal fiance looked far more serious as it emerged she is still said to be ‘tearful and embarrassed’ about the chaos Thomas Markle has caused. 

The couple’s Range Rover was escorted by police as they sped past crowds of well-wishers and up the famous Long Walk to have tea with the Queen and oversee the last preparations for their wedding day. 

Harry’s brother William and his wife Kate were also seen leaving Kensington Palace for Windsor ahead of rehearsals this afternoon.

Meghan’s mother Doria, who is set to give her daughter away in her father’s absence, is also believed to be travelling to the castle to meet the Queen for the first time hours after she is believed to have been introduce to Prince Charles, Camilla, Kate and William.

Her ex-husband Mr Markle is in hospital today following heart surgery days after he embarrassed his daughter with a series of ‘staged’ paparazzi photographs that threatened to overshadow her big day.

After days of silence Meghan was forced to make an extraordinary and moving statement confirming he will no longer walk her down the aisle at St George’s Chapel on Saturday.

She said: ‘Sadly my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health’. 

The former Suits star, 36, added: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday’. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been seen for the first time arriving at Windsor Castle as she was forced to confirm that her father will not attend the royal wedding

Meghan looked serene in the back of the car and even smiled with her husband-to-be despite the turmoil in the build up to her wedding on Saturday

William and Kate were also photographed leaving Kensington Palace as they followed the couple to Windsor for wedding rehearsals

Harry and Meghan’s Range Rover was escorted by police as they sped past crowds of well-wishers and up the famous Long Walk to oversee the last preparations for their wedding day

Meghan Markle has described her sadness after revealing her father will not attend her wedding to Prince Harry

Her poignant words came as thousands watched a wedding rehearsal in Windsor today where soldiers including Harry’s former regiment, the Household Cavalry, marched through the streets. 

‘It’ll take a long time to heal’: Meghan Markle’s father says he’s ‘ok’ after undergoing heart surgery 

Thomas Markle (pictured this week) is recovering after he had three stents

Meghan Markle’s father is ‘alone and upset’ in hospital today after undergoing heart surgery.

Thomas Markle is recovering after he had three stents implanted in arteries following a heart attack at home in Mexico eight days ago and said: ‘It will take a long time to heal’. 

Mr Markle told TMZ last night: ‘I’m okay. Staying in the hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited’ and his children said he is ‘heartbroken’ to miss the wedding.

Mr Markle said his doctors needed to ‘go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed’ during the operation.

His daughter Samantha, who has a poor relationship with Meghan, claims her father is ‘upset and alone’ following his surgery.

But there is some confusion over his care as sources close to the Markle family said he had already been diagnosed with a heart condition and was due to undergo planned surgery to fit a stent, the same operation Prince Philip underwent in 2011, early next week – on his return from London.

An Ascot Landau carriage of the type set to carry the couple was also paraded past the castle but Harry and Meghan are at Kensington Palace today with her mother Doria Ragland, who is now expected to give away her daughter. 

Preparations for the wedding have been thrown into chaos after Meghan’s father repeatedly changed his mind about attending the event until his ill health made the trip the UK impossible.

Prince Harry’s bride-to-be, 36, has still only shared texts with Thomas Markle but has told him she loves him and forgives him for the scandal he caused on the eve of the biggest day of her life.

Her father is said to be ‘alone and upset’ in hospital after having three stents put in his heart. 

The 73-year-old has spoken to TMZ journalist Sean Mandell from his bed overnight and he said: ‘Meghan was embarrassed and tearful in private. She is holding up, from what I’ve been told. It has been a tearful and a trying time for her’. 

When asked if their relationship can recover he said: ‘I do get the sense he [Thomas] does want to be reunited with Meghan. She’s no stranger to having to deal with hard moments in her life’. 

Mr Markle may not be discharged before his daughter’s wedding after he had three stents implanted in arteries following a heart attack at home in Mexico eight days ago.

He said: ‘It will take a long time to heal. I’m okay. Staying in the hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited’. 

Today a wedding rehearsal started in Windsor without the bride and groom.

Mr Mandell told Good Morning Britain: ‘She [Meghan] called him Monday when the story first broke. But he did not have his phone on him and then she text him saying she loved him, that she was concerned over his health and bore him no ill will over the controversy of the fake photos.

‘He [Thomas] told us we wanted to be there and had a change of heart on Tuesday after speaking with Meghan over text and he felt he had pulled out prematurely.   

‘He had originally felt it would be better for him not to be at the wedding because it would cause further embarrassment, he thought, for the royal family, and for Meghan, which is the last thing he wanted.

‘He realised, I’m a father, and I want to be there for my daughter, and I want to be part of history.Ultimately his health prevented him from being able to do that.

‘But ultimately his health prevented him from doing that’.

He added: ‘Meghan is by all accounts is a very strong women. From what Thomas has told me there’s just love being conveyed there and a gentle approach between them when they speak.’  

Meghan, pictured with her retired father Thomas Markle, 73,  in around 2000, says she still cares for her father despite the chaos he has caused ahead of her wedding day

The Ascot Landau carriage set to carry the couple was also paraded empty through the Berkshire town with Harry and Meghan still at Kensington Palace today

Thousands have lined the streets of Windsor today to see the armed forces including the Household Cavalry (pictured) marched through the Berkshire town during a dress rehearsal for the royal wedding

Charles and Camilla have been pictured leaving Kensington Palace by helicopter today where they are likely to have met Meghan’s mother Doria mother for the first time

On the go: Meghan’s mother Doria (pictured left) was picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX on Tuesday and has since landed in the UK where she is expected to give her daughter away. Her father Thomas Markle (pictured right last week) is recovering from heart surgery and will now not attend the wedding

Meghan’s mother Doria was given VIP treatment when she landed at Heathrow yesterday and is expected to give her daughter away in her father’s absence.  

Mr Markle said his doctors needed to ‘go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed’ during the operation. 

His daughter Samantha, who has a poor relationship with Meghan, claims her father is ‘upset and alone’ following his surgery. 

But there is some confusion over his care as sources close to the Markle family told the Mail yesterday that Mr Markle had already been diagnosed with a heart condition and was due to undergo planned surgery to fit a stent, the same operation Prince Philip underwent in 2011, early next week – on his return from London.    

Miss Markle’s nephew, Tyler Dooley, has said he hopes his grandfather will travel but said: ‘We’ll just have to wait and see.’ 

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland flew into Heathrow on an overnight flight from Los Angeles and she is expected to give her daughter away.

Dressed casually in a T-shirt, linen trousers and canvas pumps, and carrying a suit bag containing what is believed to be her Burberry wedding outfit, she was picked up from the steps of the aircraft by a royal fleet Jaguar.

She was driven to Heathrow’s VIP Windsor suite, where Harry’s assistant private secretary Amy Pickerill was waiting with an immigration officer. 

A member of staff from the private office carried her bags.

Miss Ragland, described as a ‘free spirit’ by her daughter and ‘amazing’ by Harry, was taken to Kensington Palace where she will stay until Friday.

She will not have long to shake off any effects of jet lag. It is thought she will meet the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the next 24 hours.

On the night before the wedding she and her daughter will move with the bridal party to historic Cliveden, a 25-minute drive from Windsor Castle.

It is widely thought that should her former husband, with whom she is said to be ‘barely on speaking terms’, fail to show, it will be Miss Ragland who has the task of walking her daughter down the aisle. Some royal insiders have also questioned whether Prince Charles might step in to do the honours.

An aerial view of the procession today with Windsor Castle in the background showing thousands of people had lined the streets to come out to watch

Well-wishers lined the streets of Windsor as they watched the military rehearsal take place this afternoon

Members of the military, including soldiers from the Household Cavalry, pictured, marched the parade route today

Armed officer on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle during a dress rehearsal ahead of Saturday’s main event

Royal fans are gathering in Windsor today with just 48 hours to go until the wedding of the year

Police were also out in huge numbers ahead of a rehearsal in the Berkshire town today

Military personnel walk the processional route around Windsor Castle before the upcoming wedding

Senior royal sources dismissed reports that the ongoing family ‘soap opera’ had caused opprobrium in the Royal Family.

‘Let’s just say that this is a family well used to personal dramas and everyone feels desperately sorry for Meghan, particularly as it has all happened just days before her wedding day,’ said one.

‘At the end of the day, her father is his own man and she cannot control him.

‘Everyone could not be more supportive of her. Everything is going ahead as planned.’  

Meghan Markle‘s estranged half-brother is the latest relative to turn up in the UK uninvited and called her a ‘perfect princess’ weeks after advising Prince Harry to dump her.

Thomas Markle Jr, 51, also said his father will be heartbroken to miss Saturday’s wedding as he posed outside Windsor Castle last night. 

Mr Markle revealed he believes his heart attack was triggered by an open letter his son, Thomas Jr (pictured), who flew into the UK last night

He recent penned an ‘open letter’ and told Harry: ‘As more time passes to your royal wedding, it became very clear that this is the biggest mistake in royal wedding history.’

He also described Meghan elsewhere as ‘acting phoney’ and claimed she was ‘trying to reinvent herself as the new Princess Diana‘.

But as he arrived in the UK despite not getting a wedding invite he appears to have changed his tune about his half-sister.

He told the Daily Mirror: ‘My sister’s going to be one of the best things ever to have happened to the royal family. She will be the perfect modern princess. I wish Meg and Harry nothing but a happy and healthy future together.’  

He added: ‘My dad will be heartbroken that he cannot be with Meg in Windsor to walk her down the aisle. He would have moved heaven and earth to be there’.

He also blamed the royal family for failing to give him ‘guidance’ as he embarrassed his sister.

He said: ‘My letter wasn’t intended to cause hurt or upset. I’d hoped my letter might shame the palace, I guess, into getting in touch.

‘I was wrong. It wasn’t designed to humiliate Meg into inviting me, but more hoping we could get the help we needed. Ever since her relationship with Harry emerged two years ago, our lives have been changed forever.

‘We needed guidance from the royals but didn’t get it.’ 

Megan Markle’s estranged family members Tracey Dooley and her son Tyler are shown leaving their Waterloo hotel after coming to London without an invite

Tyler Dooley’s girlfriend, Sandra Bazan, is also in London for the wedding. It is unlikely she has ever met Meghan

Meanwhile, with no members of either side of Miss Markle’s family – apart from her mother – apparently attending Saturday’s ceremony, the bride-to-be’s more distant relatives were popping up to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame. 

Miss Markle’s half-brother’s ex-wife, Tracey Dooley, who has not spoken to the actress for 20 years, was enjoying a sightseeing tour of London with her two sons yesterday. 

They were due to appear as wedding ‘pundits’ on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, but last night a GMB spokesman said they had been pulled. 

One of Miss Markle’s nephews, Tyler, 25, who lives in Oregon, runs a legal cannabis farm and has created a royal wedding strain called Markle’s Sparkle. The family are staying in a £70-a-night hotel in Waterloo, central London.

Meghan’s friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney was spotted in Kensington ahead of the wedding, along with four-year-old daughter Ivy, who was named today as a bridesmaid

Out and about: Meghan Markle’s former Suits co-star Gabriel Macht and his wife Jacinda Barrett have been sharing snaps of themselves in London, ahead of the actress’s wedding to Prince Harry

Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney has arrived with her three children – Ivy, Brian and John – who were yesterday announced as being among the couple’s ten bridesmaids and pageboys.   

Meghan’s Suits co-stars have started arriving in London, ahead of her wedding, set to take place at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Gabriel Macht and Rick Hoffman, who shoot their series in Toronto, each took to their Instagram accounts this week to share images of themselves both enjoying the English capital and hinting of travel to the UK ahead of the big Berkshire bash.

On Wednesday afternoon, 46-year-old Gabriel, who plays formidable star Harvey Specter on the show, uploaded a romantic snapshot of himself nuzzli

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