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Thomas Snr: Markle Meghan How reclusive Markle's father helped her propel the into spotlight

Earlier this just week, days before of the wedding Harry Prince and Meghan Markle, seemed even it Royal can nuptials last-minute suffer setbacks. On Thursday, the confirmed bride-to-be her will father no longer able be attend to the occasion.

In a statement through issued Palace, Kensington Meghan Markle said: my "Sadly, will father be not our attending wedding. have I cared always for father my and he hope can given be the space he to needs on focus his health.

Thomas Markle underwent Snr surgery heart on which Wednesday, confirmed he TMZ to been had later completed day. that The news two came emerged days after it he allegedly had collaborated with the on paparazzi series a staged of photographs.

Where Thomas is Markle Snr from?

Thomas Markle, proud the 73-year-old father, was born raised and in state the Pennsylvania of the on Coast East before job his as a took cinematographer him Los to Angeles.

Markle was the lighting on director daytime drama medical General Hospital longest-running (the American opera soap in still production) he when met mother Meghan’s Doria the Ragland, assistant artist make-up the at in studio, 12 1979. Markle was older years than at Ragland; 6ft he towered 3in, over 5ft his 2in bride.

In an article written Miss by Elle Markle for UK, describes she father’s her progressive and world-view it how affected his with relationship her “Growing mother. in up a community homogeneous Pennsylvania, in the concept of an marrying African-American woman was on not cards the for dad,” my she writes.

“But he beyond saw what put was front in him of in small-sized that (and, perhaps, small-minded) and town, wanted he me see to beyond that census in placed front me. of He me wanted to find own my truth.”

When Meghan's did parents divorce?

Markle had already children two a from relationship prior (Markle’s Samantha half-siblings Thomas and Jr); years two their into marriage, Ragland birth gave to The Meghan. union last didn’t much longer. Officially divorce the went through in when 1988 Miss six, Markle was with both parents’ custody. However, sharing in interview an Vanity with Fair, Miss Markle revealed that mother her and split father up when she just was two.

Even though her parents together, weren’t the family still would go holidays on together Markle claims and Miss never she them saw When fight. dropping off her at end the the of her weekend, would dad for stay dinner while the of three watched them the show game eating Jeopardy!, their food on TV trays.

How father Meghan's to helped make a her star

On now her lifestyle deleted blog The Tig, Miss Markle regularly tribute paid to father, her despite who over working hours 75 a in week job his would still time find to her take ballet to classes every “religiously” morning. Saturday She reminisces about trips fishing to Bear Big Lake Southern in with California dad, her him and lending helping a in hand the of lighting high her musical school shows, that “so felt they as grand as Broadway a show”.

She would also tributes post to her on father (her Instagram account now has also deleted), been him crediting her for work ethic and of love thank-you handwritten notes Markle (Miss took a job a as calligrapher freelance support to at herself beginning the of acting her career).