As Thomas Markle’s attendance at the royal wedding looks increasingly unlikely, royal fans have taken to Twitter to call for Prince Charles to step in.
The retired lighting director, 73, is reportedly undergoing heart surgery today after a dramatic week which saw him pull our of proceedings due to a staged photo scandal, before yesterday insisting he wanted to come and be ‘part of history’.
Now royal watchers have insisted that the future king is the perfect replacement and taking on the role would be a sign of ‘acceptance’ and ‘unity’ for Charles to do the honours.
Others suggested it would be an equally nice moment for Charles as he has no daughters of his own.
The royal is no stranger to stepping into the father-of-the-bride shoes after giving away family friend Alexandra Knatchbull at her wedding to Thomas Hooper in 2016, as her own father looked on.
Prince Charles, who walked family friend Alexandra Knatchbull down the aisle at her wedding in 2016, should be the one to replace Thomas Markle, according to royal fans
Royal fans have called on Prince Charles to step in, saying it would be a sign of ‘acceptance’ and ‘unity’ with his new daughter-in-law
At the time, some speculated that Lord Brabourne, a close friend to Prince Charles and the Royal Family and the grandson of Earl Mountbatten, was in poor health.
Others suspected strained relations between Alexandra, goddaughter of Princess Diana, and her father could go some way towards explaining why a bride from one of Britain’s most established families chose to break with tradition.
In 2010 Norton Knatchbull, the eighth Baron Brabourne, abandoned his 31-year marriage to run away to Nassau in the Bahamas with fashion designer Jeannie Nuttall.
When this relationship ended in 2014 and he returned to the historic estate –where Noel Coward played the piano at weekend house parties (when the Queen and Prince Philip were staying) – he was banished from the house to live in a converted barn.
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A family friend said: ‘It’s very unusual to be given away by someone else at your wedding – even if it’s the Prince of Wales. At the time Alexandra was absolutely furious with her father for leaving her mother, but of course she still wanted him at the wedding.’
This week has seen countless twists and turns surrounding whether Mr Markle would attend Saturday’s royal wedding at Windsor Castle in Berkshire after The Mail On Sunday revealed he had staged paparazzi photos for money.
He pulled out on Monday, saying he didn’t want to further embarrass his daughter but it seemed that Meghan had managed to persuade her father to change his mind.
The royal did the honours at Alexandra’s wedding in 2016, while her father looked on
Yesterday it seemed he had backtracked on his decision after the bride-to-be pleaded with him to come to England for the big day.
‘I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle,’ Mr Markle said. ‘Of course I’d walk her down the aisle. This is a historic moment. I’d like to be a part of history.’
However, his attendance is once again in doubt amid claims he will undergo surgery today.
He said that doctors will ‘go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed’ during the operation, which will take place at 3.30pm UK time.