Meghan Markle's father, Thomas, is not attending the wedding because he is undergoing heart surgery tomorrow at 7:30 a.m., Thomas told TMZ. His latest update follows his previous calls to the outlet during which he told them he checked himself into the hospital after having severe chest pain yesterday and that he wanted to go walk Meghan down the aisle if the hospital discharged him so he could travel to England for the royal wedding Saturday. He had been trying to get doctors to let him leave Wednesday.
"They [doctors] will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed," Thomas told TMZ. Thomas suffered a heart attack seven days ago, he told TMZ yesterday. Now, he's saying his son Thomas Jr.'s letter to Prince Harry pleading for him not to marry Meghan was what triggered it. Meghan is close to neither her half-brother or half-sister, but they have been dragging her to the press for months.
Meghan's call and text to her father had convinced him to attend the wedding originally, he told TMZ. A friend of the couple told Daily Mail yesterday that, above all, Harry and Meghan are very worried about Thomas. "She and Prince Harry are begging for people to give him some space," the source said. "They have been saying this for weeks, while trying to offer him support and help. He is clearly feeling under immense pressure. The concern for him is real and genuine."
Kensington Palace has made no official comment on whether Thomas is definitively going or missing the wedding yet, but it's night in England, and TMZ's report just broke.
This article originally appeared on elle.com