Duke and Duchess of Sussex to visit her father before honeymoon


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning to visit her father before they go on honeymoon.

The royal couple are hoping to jet across the the US sometime in the next few weeks to see Meghan's dad Thomas Markle after he was forced to pull out of walking his daughter down the aisle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, last weekend because he was recuperating from heart surgery and was deemed unfit to fly across to the UK for the event.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl told 'Entertainment Tonight': "I hear one of the things they want to do sooner than later -- and now that they're married -- is to go and see Thomas Markle, who is recovering from a heart operation. We don't know when this trip might happen. ...I'm hearing from people close to Meghan and Harry that they're very keen to do it."

If the loved-up pair do manage to squeeze the trip in, it'll be the first time Harry, 33, has met Thomas but he's very keen to get to know him and build a relationship with him.

Katie explained: "He feels it's very important that he gets to meet Thomas. Of course, Meghan is keen to go see him as soon as possible."

Meghan, 36, announced just days before she tied the knot that her father would not be able to attend her wedding because he had to stay in the US and have some stents fitted in his heart.

She said at the time: "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."

Thomas, 73, did manage to watch the wedding on television - along with the rest of the world - and admitted that he'll always "regret" not being there to give his daughter away.

He told TMZ: "The service was beautiful and it's history. I will always regret not being able to be there and not being able to hold my daughter's hand. My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much. When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her.

"Now I pray that Harry and Meghan can go on a nice honeymoon and rest and relax, and all of my relatives will just shut up about everything."