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Meghan Markle's dad says he's changed his mind and would like to attend the royal wedding after all

“This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.”

After news broke that he had he coordinated with a photographer to stage a series of paparazzi pictures of himself prepping for the royal wedding, Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle Sr., confirmed that he would not be attending the May 19 nuptials.
At the time, he said he did not want to embarrass the royal family or his daughter. He also revealed that he was recovering from a heart attack he'd suffered the week prior.
But the 73-year-old former television-lighting designer has now backflipped on the shocking decision.
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Speaking with TMZ, Thomas, who lives in a small town in Mexico, said he does want to go to England to walk his daughter down the aisle.
However, there's a serious snag to his plan…
Thomas, very sadly, revealed to the publication that he's back in the hospital after experiencing "serious chest pains" and doctors are now performing a battery of tests on him. He said that if the doctors give him the okay, he'll risk his health and fly to England for the wedding but doctors have supposedly been noncommittal about discharging him.
"I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle," he told the publication. "Of course I'd walk her down the aisle. This is a historic moment. I'd like to be a part of history."
Thomas is pictured with a newborn Meghan.
It looks as if a sweet message from the bride-to-be was behind the sudden change of heart.
Meghan, 36, reportedly called her dad following the drama to see how he was doing, and when she couldn't reach him, texted him to say that she loves him and is concerned about his health. She also said she was not angry about the staged photoshoots.
What's more, Prince Harry's soon-to-be father-in-law told the outlet he now believes what he did with the photos was "stupid" but not a "serious transgression."
He also seemed unconcerned about reports that his publicity stunt had angered the queen, saying: "I don't think the queen is thinking about what I'm doing."
Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, are set to exchange vows at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.
On Monday, Kensington Palace issued a statement following the news that Thomas would not be attending this weekend's wedding.
"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding," the statement said.
"She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation."
It remains unclear who will walk the 36-year-old actress down the aisle as she weds Prince Harry in a Saturday ceremony at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. However, there's speculation her beloved mother, Doria Ragland, or even father-in-law-to-be, Prince Charles, may take on the important role.