He missed out on walking his daughter down the aisle due to health issues, but Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, has spoken out about the moment his son-in-law, Prince Harry, asked him for his daughter's hand in marriage.
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Markle said he has been in touch with Harry and conversed with him over the phone multiple times, including that one time Harry asked for his daughter's hand.
The 29-year-old bride attended Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding and she returned the favour by inviting the couple to her country wedding to George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary's Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire.
He watched the wedding from California, where he was recovering from heart surgery.
"Meghan cried, I'm sure, and they both said 'Take care of yourself, we are really anxious about you, '" he said.
"I was very proud".
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"Watching it was hard for me, because I wasn't there, but at the same time I'm watching my daughter being watched by the entire world".
"He is well aware he's not usually the type to her invited to events like this, given he's fled bankruptcy in the U.S. and is hiding out in Mexico, but nothing is going to stop him watching his little princess become a real-life royal". I was very happy about that.
Speaking of the controversy after allegedly being caught staging photographs with the paparazzi, Mr Markle said: 'I spoke to them both and I apologised. "She's a smart girl and she made a good pick".
"I'm a footnote to the greatest moment in history rather than the dad who walked his daughter down the aisle".
Thomas expects he will have grandchildren very soon as he revealed his daughter will most likely start a family soon.
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"I was thrilled to tears he was doing that, I just wish it had been my hand holding hers not his".