More than two billion people around the world watched the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that took place on May 19. It was history happening before our eyes yet one special person missed it: the father of the bride.
Although it was planned for Meghan's father to walk her down the aisle on her big day, Mr. Markle was unable to travel and join his daughter due to an emergency heart surgery. Instead, Prince Charles did the honors.
The Prince of Wales @ClarenceHouse joined The Duchess of Sussex as she processed through the Nave in St George's Chapel at the start of the wedding ceremony #RoyalWedding
Almost a month after the wedding, Thomas Markle opened up to Good Morning Britain in a world exclusive and talked about missing his daughter's special day. "I wish it were me but I thank God that he was there," Markle said of Meghan's father-in-law. "It might have been a treat for him because he didn't have a daughter."
Markle admitted he watched the royal wedding at a private B&B and cried when he saw his daughter. "I was very proud but upset that it wasn't me," he said. "The unfortunate thing now is that I'm a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history."
Thank you to everyone in Windsor and beyond for making today so special. It was an incredible day! #royalwedding
In the nearly one-hour long interview, Markle also talked about the moment he found out his daughter was dating a prince and how Harry asked him for Meghan's hand in marriage. According to Thomas, Meghan told her dad she was dating Prince Harry and asked they refer to him as "H" to hide his identity. A couple of months after, Harry called Thomas to ask for daughter's hand in marriage.
Thomas had only one request and said: "You're a gentleman, promise me you'll never raise your hand against my daughter and of course, I'm giving you permission."
Meghan's father also showed concerned about his daughter marrying into the royal family because of the different lifestyles, but he's sure of one thing. "My daughter is certainly a prize for him as well. He's great, an interesting guy but my daughter has been a princess since the day she was born," he said. Watch the entire interview below:
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